Cream of crown green crop heading to city for major event

Wayne Ditchfield will be looking to retain his title.
Wayne Ditchfield will be looking to retain his title.
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The cream of crown green bowling will arrive in Lancaster on Saturday to take part in the Builders Supplies (West Coast Ltd) Invitation 32.

The game’s No.1 and No.2, Gary Ellis and Greg Smith, are joined by many of the top-ranked bowlers, including John Bailey, Chris Brown, last year’s winner Wayne Ditchfield, Ryan Prosser and Ben Harris at Skerton Liberal Club on Lune Street.

The bowlers are playing for one of the richest one-day prize funds in the game at £3,600 with a first prize of £1,000.

The event also attracts legends such as Tommy Johnstone, Mike Leach, Chris Mordue and Carl Armitage.

There is parking for 150 vehicles, home-made food served all day, cheap ale, marquees, under-cover viewing area and a bookmaker on site.

Entry is £1 with a full colour programme and bowling starts at 10am.

10am Ben Harris 33-1 v Tommy Johnstone 16-1, Lee Heaton 33-1 v John Kennish 16-1, Darren Plenderleith 12-1 v Chris Brown 20-1, Gareth GwillIam 20-1 v Dean Ferris 33-1; 10.45am Greg Smith 6-1 v Gary Ellis 5-1 fav, Mike Leach 28-1 v James Dennison 40-1, James Grimston 25-1 v Dan Jones 40-1, Dave Fisher 20-1 v Martin Gilpin 16-1; 11.30am Wayne Ditchfield 6-1 v Dave Scott 40-1, Mark Ashburn 33-1 v Richie Goddard 25-1, Josh Mordue 33-1 v Chris Mordue 20-1, Jack Dyson 16-1 v Dave Cragg 33-1; 12.15pm Carl Armitage 33-1 v Danny Barwise 16-1, Ian Nicholson 8-1 v Ryan Prosser 12-1, Liam Baxter 40-1 v Phil Lee 25-1, MikeTunstall 25-1 v John Bailey 8-1.

Prices from Duncan Reeves of Pegasus Racing.