The draw for the fourth world ranking event of the 2018-19 season has produced a number of exceptional groups and with it, many fascinating games. What is more, the SMPT Show Mat allows spectators to witness games which feature some of the sport’s top names who are taking part in this year’s Verdemat Bowls British Open.
Below are the confirmed fixtures for the 12 sessions of group games that will be played on Day One. This talented line-up consists of players from 7 countries and includes 8 winners of SMPT ranking events, 6 World Cup winners, 3 Order Of Merit winners and a selection of World, British Isles and National Champions, past and present.
The Show Mat games include top of the table clashes in the Order Of Merit where Ed Sawbridge (2nd) plays PJ Gallagher (6th) and also in the world rankings, where James Trott (2nd) takes on Stephen Proctor (5th). Another game of special interest is the match-up between defending Champion Nigel Nicholls and the most decorated singles player on the SMPT, Joseph Beattie, who will be striving for his sixth title. With the head-to-head currently at one win each, who will prevail when the action kicks-off in York?
Saturday’s Show Mat Fixtures (Day One):
|09:00||Group 08||PJ Gallagher||–||Edward Sawbridge|
|09:50||Group 14||Glenn Harvey||–||Mitchell Young|
|10:40||Group 27||Joseph Beattie||–||Nigel Nicholls|
|11:30||Group 06||Elliott James||–||Tone Bøe|
|12:20||Group 15||Robert Lenza||–||Paul Walker|
|13:10||Group 32||Liam Smith||–||Alex Kley|
|14:00||Group 05||Stephen Proctor||–||James Trott|
|14:50||Group 21||Grant Soller||–||Jack Pye|
|15:40||Group 30||Joel Häger||–||Cennydd Howell|
|16:30||Group 04||Jörgen Karlsson||–||Steve Puttock|
|17:20||Group 16||Stephen Gale||–||Martin Harries|
|18:10||Group 25||Mark Beattie||–||Mikey Ivings|
The three Show Mat games for the final round of group games played on Sunday morning (Day Two) will be confirmed following the close of play on Day One.
You can follow the Live Scores for all Show Mat games and keep up to speed with the results of all other fixtures throughout the event via our website. Coverage of select Show Mat games will also be streamed via Facebook Live.
There’s no mat like the Show Mat!