County players feature in Classic bowls opening weekend

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THE high-profile Sandal Bowls Classic gets underway this weekend.

Qualifying rounds start at Sandal Bowling Club at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and will continue for the next four weekends.

Finals night is on Saturday, July 10 from 5pm and spectators are welcome for all rounds.

Each qualifying round includes 16 entrants with two going through to the finals night.

Multiple competition winners Stuart Mort (Wigan) and Simon Coupe (Preston) travel across the Pennines to lock horns with the rest of the field on Saturday.

Sunday’s action will see duel All England winner Andrew Spragg (Chesterfield) and recently-crowned Yorkshire Merit champion James Hanson (Pudsey) attempt to qualify in another strong line-up that boasts 12 county players.

This year’s event is supported by Harpin’s Funeral Services in association with RHT Financial Services and David Palmer Travel.

See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport for the full draw and all the latest sports news from around the district.