Danny Sillitoe claims the Wigan Subby crown

Wigan Subscription Club

The borough of Wigan is one of the most fiercely proud bowling areas in the country. A relatively small area has given the sport a huge number of top-class players and its local leagues are still hugely supported by its bowlers. 

Doncaster’s Danny Sillitoe

The Wigan Subscription Club is closing in on a century since its incorporation and has been at the centre of bowls in Wigan since it was formed in 1852. It is affectionately known as the “subby”.

Since the turn of this century, it has also been the home of one of the best competitions the sport has to offer. With its 31up competition attracting players from across the crown green world. Joining the great and the good on the honours list is Danny Sillitoe who beat Bradford’s Chris Mordue in this year’s final.

The video of the close final is below but since you already know the winner I might as well further spoil the surprise and let you know the score in the final was 31-29.

Bradford’s legendary Chris Mordue

In the semi-final Danny beat favourite Callum Wraight 31-24 in a game who could settle on the slightly slower than expected green.

In the other semi-final Chris took Danny Barwise the full distance and it was amazing how close Chris could get his bowls to a famously tricky edge on his way to a 31-15 win.

Danny Sillitoe hails from Doncaster but has supported this, and many other competitions, on this sensible side of the Pennines for years.

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About Steve Davies 155 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.