World number four, Mark Royal heads the high class field assembled for the second Dexion Westlecot open Bowls Championship in Swindon Wiltshire this weekend. (24th-25th March 2012).
Stowmarket-based Mark Royal, 37, a semi-finalist in the 2011 world singles championships and 2012 world pairs at Potters recently, is favourite to win. He has won two Welsh Grand Prix events in the last four years and last month stormed to the English Indoor bowling Association Champion of Champions title in Hayling Island with a 21-6 victory.
Dexion sponsorship for this prestigious event in their local area, has helped to boost the prize fund to £2,000 with a handsome top prize of £1,000 going to the player who emerges victorious from the 64 strong field on Sunday evening.
While Royal is a strong favourite to win the top prize there is still a very high class field who are also capable of lifting the grand top prize; it includes the likes of England International Stuart Airey – silver medalist Commonwealth Games Delhi and fellow bronze medalist Graham Shadwell.
This year sees three ladies competing including England’s Debbie Stavrou, who is the reigning World Mixed Pairs Champion and former Ladies World Matchplay Champion.
Defending his title of last year is former England international Danny Denison (Torquay United) while a strong Welsh representation are led by Ross Owen.
The first round draw has thrown up some intriguing ties for two of Wiltshire men’s top indoor bowlers, Andy Moore (Christie Miller, Melksham) and Wayne Snook (North Wilts, Chippenham)
Moore, who just missed out on winning the £1,000 top prize last year when beaten in the final by Danny Denison, has been paired against Mark Royal, While Snook will be facing reigning champion Danny Denison.
Play will be continuous on Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am with all matches played over two sets of seven ends with a three end tie breaker if needed.
Admission is free, programmes cost 50p, food and a bar available on both days.
for more information vist the Westlecot Bowls Website