Wayne’s World in Wigan

Wigan Subscription Club Finals night

Wayne Ditchfield proved he was the master of the Wigan Subscription green with a dominant final’s night performance.

The 27 year old, who had an unmatched junior career and now is arguably in the best form of anyone in the game, proved to be too good for a high quality field at this famous club which has seen so many of the stars of the game graced its famous green. Photos are provided by the expert skills of the Wigan Subscription Bowling Green Ltd.

Wayne Ditchfield playing Mike Tunstall

In his semi-final Wayne gave Mike Tunstall little chance. Wayne was using a mark from the scorers hut (finger-peg) to the opposite corner and back. This had an exceptional quick finish away from the scorers hut as the green dropped away past the jack. Back towards the hut Wayne was placing the jack at the start of the ‘gulley’ which is a recognisable feature on this green.

Wayne swiftly had a 14 break and everything Mike tried to do was matched by this young man who is dominating all before him.

Simon Coupe watching intently as Chris Ward sends the jack

In the final Wayne played Simon Coupe who proved to be too good from Staffordshire’s Chris Ward in the semi-final. Simon was cleverly positioning the jack to give Chris problems controlling his quick running bowls.

Simon tried a similar tactic in the final but found Wayne too good. Simon playing a 30 yard mark to and from the club entrance had some success but as soon as Wayne got on the mark he played so well, and also another mark using the green entrance corner, he was dominant again.


Against the quality of the field this was a high-quality but also comfortable couple of games for the Eccleston man. Thanks once again to Wigan Subscription Bowling Green Ltd for the photographs.

Semi Finals – Simon Coupe 31 v Chris Ward 18, Wayne Ditchfield 31 v Mike Tunstall 10
Final – Wayne Ditchfield 31 v Simon Coupe 19

Wayne leading in the final against Simon Coupe

Attention now moves less than a mile down the road to the Bellingham Club for the 31up Bellingham Starbank Men’s Classic where Wayne was successful in his first two rounds of qualifying.

Saturday 7th July
George Chadwick v Andy Thomas
Alan Broadhurst v Neil Bithell
Neil Grant v Colin Crawford
David Higginbottom v Mark Britton
Sunday 8th July
David Jackson v Ian Young
Chris Cook v Wayne Ditchfield
John Brown v Danny Miller
Derek Bissell v Michael Heaps
Saturday 14th July
Alan Horton v Dean Butler
Steve Brown v Simon Coupe
Ritchie Goddard v Adrian Hodgson
Chris Ward v Larry Wells
Sunday 15th July
Mick Prescott v Ray Shaw
Steve Davies v Lee Heaton
Kevan Shaw v Andy Heyes
Lee Johnstone v Billy Simms
Saturday 21st July
Duncan Watkins v Steven Lea
Glynn Cookson v John Gatley
Michael Coupe v Darren Allsopp
Adam Lea v Tony Gatley
Sunday 22nd July
Steve Brown v Neil Jolley
Billy Speed v Martin Houghton
Jack Marrow v Bill Griffiths
Paul Winrow v Barry Simms
Saturday 28th July
John Crossley v Alan Manuel
Mark Holden v Chris Moody
Ronnie Belshaw v Damian Morrison
John Brown v David Molyneux
Sunday 29th July
Alan Taylor v Nicky Shaw
Harvey Birch v Ian Dennis
John Hanson v Gary Ellis
Ernie Storey v Chris Ashton


About Steve Davies 168 Articles
Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game as well as a keen player of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Media Officer for the BCGBA, Merseyside champion in 2002 and Merseyside County President (2014-15) Steve has always been keen to promote the game especially through the broadcast of the game on TV or Internet. Steve set up the LIVE BOWLS YouTube channel which became the Bowls Observer channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report on and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine.