Shropshire bowler Callum Wraight is the bookie's 7/4 favourite for the Lindley BC £2,600 Finals Day which takes place this Friday evening starting at 7.00pm. Callum is back in town after last week's semi-final defeat in the Elland WMC Classic when he was again a short-price favourite.
The line-up and betting odds come from Duncan Reeves for the Lindley BC 2600 which is kindly sponsored by Gardinia Windows, Stumpbusters West Yorkshire and R S Garden services. Practice from 6 30pm start 7pm.
Neil Slattery, Almondbury Lib 8/1 v Tom Boyd Jnr, Woodlands Park BC 12/1
Jack Dyson, Thongsbridge 5/2 v Craig Gant, Thongsbridge 4/1
Ben Gloag, Grapes Hotel 8/1 v Bob Hitchen, Elland WMC 10/1
Wayne Moseley, Crosland Moor 7/1 v Callum Wraight Shrewsbury 7/4
Free entry plus programme, bar and food available, spectators very welcome.
Weather set fair.
Jim Baxter shares his impressions of the competition favourite ....
I have seen from your post that Callum Wraight is included in the Lindley BC 2600 Finals Day and at the moment is the favourite to win the competition. I would urge anyone interested in bowling who has not seen Callum bowl to go to this final.
When I have seen this talented but fearsome bowler in action on the Isle of Man this June and last year it was crown green bowling on a completely different level. I don’t know Callum personally and I am sure he is a pleasant person off the green. But on the green he can strike fear and loss of confidence in his opponent.
When he decides to strike everyone must clear the area as his wood hurtles towards the target at enormous speeds across the green. He rarely misses scattering jack and woods into or over the green edge. Callum is a big bloke and towers above most. If crown green bowling was a televised sort such as tennis, snooker or football he would be box office with sponsors lining up to offer him deals.
No doubt top quality county bowlers including Yorkshire's Jack Dyson who know Callum well can handle and counter his game. In fact when I have seen Jack bowling for Yorkshire in county matches he remains calm and cool even when the volume of the crowd is at its loudest.
Most of us will never be anywhere near the standard of these bowlers but for all who are interested in bowling these merit finals are a great watch.
Jim Baxter, Milnsbridge BC