CROWN green bowls stars from across the country will gather at Bank Park Pavilion on Saturday for a unique fundraising tournament in memory of one of the sport’s true champions, the late Mel Evans MBE.

The inaugural Battle of the Sexes Tournament will start with doubles matches at 10am, followed by singles from 1.30pm, with Damian Morrison and Lee Johnstone flying the flag for Warrington.

But the big question is, who's better on the green – the men or the women?


Men in Black v Pink Ladies, doubles: Ross Meese & David May v Louise Ollerton & Jordan Picken, Kevan Shaw & Aaron Brine v Pat McGurk & IOM Representative, Owen Jackson & Josh Hale v Amanda Nicholas & Tracey Baker, Damian Morrison & Barry Booth v Debbie Talbot & Ellie Chandler, Spencer Clarke & Darrell Handley v Susan Hill & Katie Harrop, Lee Johnstone & Gareth Gwilliam v Janet Hargreaves & Kellie Hill, Kevin Nicholas & Ira Collier v Alyson Evans & Sarah Edmondson, Andrew Spragg & Paul Kelly v Lynsey Gorman & Susie Lawson, Darren Plenderleith & Phil Lee v Debbie Whitworth & Fern Beaumont.

Singles: Phil Lee v Louise Ollerton, Ross Meese v Kellie Hill, Aaron Brine v Fern Beaumont, Josh Hale v IOM Representative, Damian Morrison v Janet Hargreaves, Darrell Handley v Ellie Chandler, Lee Johnstone v Sarah Edmondson, Kevan Shaw v Susan Hill, Paul Kelly v Susie Lawson, Darren Plenderleith v Jordan Picken, Barry Booth v Pat McGurk, Ira Collier v Tracey Baker, Kevin Nicholas v Katie Harrop, David May v Amanda Nicholas, Spencer Clarke v Debbie Talbot, Owen Jackson v Lynsey Gorman, Gareth Gwilliam v Alyson Evans, Andrew Spragg v Debbie Whitworth.

All proceeds will go to the Mel Evans MBE Foundation, which aims to raise awareness and funding to support the country’s leading neurologists in the fight to find the cause and a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

Mel was awarded an MBE for exemplary and dedicated services to crown green in 2013. Tragedy struck in 2016 when he was diagnosed with MND.

His long-time partner, both on and off the green, Lynn Pritchatt said: “Our sport has never before seen a team event of this nature – ladies versus men.

“My vision is that this bi-annual tournament eventually achieves the same status as the All England and becomes one that players and spectators alike will look forward to at the start of the season.”

Delighted Bank Park spokesman John Pownall said: “I hope that the Warrington bowling fraternity will support the event in large numbers.”

Admission to the event will be £2.