32 of the highest quality bowlers head to the Waterloo in Blackpool looking to get their hands on the Champion of Champions trophy. Callum Wraight will look to reclaim his 2016 title and go one better than last season when taking on Martin Gilpin, who won this all the way back in 1988. Another former winner, Tommy Johnstone in 1989, looks to re-enact past glories but faces Graeme Wilson, who has won this competition three times before. Simon Coupe is another big name to have won it back in 2014, and plays Carl Fielding from Warwick & Worcester. Other former winners include John Bailey and Chris Mordue, who take on Danny Barwise and Danny Rogers respectively. Dave May was a Junior when he reached the final in 1998, and plays Kevan Shaw, who has had a fine season. There are plenty of players wanting to win it for the first time, none other than Greg Smith, who has Gary Owen first game. Fellow Warwick and Worcester former Juniors Jon Palmer and Ryan Prosser take on Craig Podmore and Ian Inman respectively, while Wayne Ditchfield is another who will fancy his chances of getting his hands on the trophy after a good run to the Semi Finals last season, and plays Ed Furniss first game. Last year’s All England winner Darren Plenderleith plays Craig Gant while Spencer Clarke takes on Matty Gilmore, who has won plenty of big competitions over the years. Owen Jackson hopes to follow Mike Beer in becoming the winner when winning the last competition to get you in, the Talbot Trophy, and plays John Kennish who has dominated the Isle of Man scene in recent years. Matty Worden impressed the most when reaching the Semi Finals of the Autumn Waterloo, and plays Nick Wyer, while other ties include a South Yorkshire derby between Ross Meese and Dean Missere and Ian Johnson playing Dean Ferris.
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