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Les Evans Memorial Classic 2017 Preview

The Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League have many players in the Les Evans Memorial Classic which promises to be an emotional day. The winner for the last two years, Hanwood’s Greg Smith will start as one of the favourites again but has a tough tie against ECC Open Winner Scott Simpson of Sir John Bayley, who beat him en route to that triumph. Callum Wraight from Castlefields will be another favourite to add to his two triumphs but faces former BCGBA Senior Individual Merit Winner Andy Spragg of Derbyshire. The reigning Shropshire Merit Winner Wayne Rogers from Burway takes on Meole Brace Open runner up Kevin Boon first round with former Spring Waterloo Winner Colin Beaman just below him in the draw playing Steve Morrey. Two Sir John Bayley team mates clash with Chris Ward and Ant Bracken taking on each other, with their team mates Paul Evans and Gordon Hawkins playing Gareth Herbert and Darren Plenderleith respectively. There is an all Premier League clash between former League Averages winners St Georges’ Glyn Picknell and Andy Moss of Chester Road. Glyn’s brother Mark aims to get past former BCGBA Senior Individual Merit Winner Tom Vickers with his Wrockwardine Wood team mate Stuart Rutter playing against former St Georges, Castlefields and Sir John Bayley player Craig Barker. The other ties feature class players from all over the country; Carl Fielding taking on Lee Brown, Ross Dunkley against Tommy Johnstone, Glynn Storer playing Jamie Bramley, Meole Brace Open Winner Ryan Prosser versus Chris Brown, Paul Lamb playing Dan Petcher and Paul Bailey against Ben Harris.

It promises to be a great day of bowling, but hopefully they’ll be another winner to. It’s nearly been a year since Mel Evans MBE was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and this will be the first competition, that he ran for his father, that he will be miss. But there will be three buckets there raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease and his partner Lynn Pritchatt has set up a Just Giving page here to help fight the disease. I hope we can all support this worthy cause for someone who has given so much to the sport over the years and will be sorely missed tomorrow. But hopefully this cause and the bowling will be the winners tomorrow. Good luck to all of our players taking part.

 

£2,000 LES EVANS MEMORIAL CLASSIC

(Affiliated to SCBA & BCGBA)

Winner receives £500 plus Les Evans Trophy – Runner Up receives £250

Semi Finalists receive £125 – Quarter Finalists receive £100 – Last 16 receive £75. (Win one game for £75)

Sponsored by: Halsall Electrical Ltd, Mel Evans MBE, Lynn Pritchatt, Albert Redding, Veritec, Osprey Water Management & Thurstons

Venue: Chadsmoor Progressive WMC, Burns Street, Chadsmoor, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 6DR.

Date:  Easter Monday 17th April 2017 (Start 10.30am).

COMPETITION DRAW

REPORT 10.30 a.m.

LEE BROWN v CARL FIELDING

KEVIN BOON v WAYNE ROGERS

COLIN BEAMAN v STEVE MORREY

GREG SMITH v SCOTT SIMPSON

ROSS DUNKLEY v TOMMY JOHNSTONE

 

REPORT 11.00 a.m.

CALLUM WRAIGHT v ANDREW SPRAGG

CHRIS WARD v ANTHONY BRACKEN

MARK PICKNELL v TOM VICKERS

 

REPORT 11.45 a.m.

GLYNN STORER v JAMIE BRAMLEY

PAUL EVANS v GARETH HERBERT

CHRIS BROWN v RYAN PROSSER

PAUL LAMB v DAN PETCHER

 

REPORT 12.15 p.m.

GLYNN PICKNELL v ANDY MOSS

GORDON HAWKINS v DARREN PLENDERLEITH

STUART RUTTER v CRAIG BARKER

PAUL BAILEY v BEN HARRIS

 

Hot & Cold refreshments available all day. Bookmaker in attendance

 

Comp secretary – Cliff Johnson on 07765534101 or email cliffjohnson835@gmail.com and,

Lynn Pritchatt on 07808157878 or email lpritchatt@outlook.com

 

Please make every effort to arrive promptly. All competitors are reminded that this event will be played in accordance with the BCGBA dress code.

WARNING – There may be some traffic congestion at junction of A5 & A460 on approach to Cannock due to holiday Monday car boot sale. Please allow extra time for journey

 

 

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