Andy Hughes is a charismatic individual who possesses immense quality on the Bowling Green having gained a mass of experience while playing for his Country and while competing among high class fields in some of the UK’s most sought after competitions.
Andy Hughes is a cool customer and thrives under pressure, often delivering his finest stuff when the weight of the world is on his shoulder. Andy, as recently as this season delivered one of his most spectacular Wales performances in memory by beating Jim Robertson of Newdigate to a score of, 21-6 away from home! And, with the match being played at Coundon No 2 Green, one of North Midlands most notorious greens and going on as the 12th Man you cannot even begin to imagine the pressure that this raw talent was under! Andy’s victory was seen as genius from many of his traveling team mates as his result tipped the balance to help Wales become the first team ever to beat North Midlands on that particular green in over 50 years.
Andy has been the Wales resident No 12 for the last few years and has won no less that 24 caps, winning many of his matches along the way to record an excellent aggregate record. As well as winning many local area competitions over the last decade, singles and doubles, Andy has this season reached the semi final of the highly competitive Shropshire Top 16 competition (Shropshire version of WPA), losing out in a nail biting match against the eventual winner, Rich Lawson and was also a runner up at the Meole Brace Open, narrowly losing the final to All England Champion, Noel Burrows. In 1999 Andy also reached the last 8 of the All-England Tournament himself, but was edged out in a nail biting encounter against in always impressive Andy Moss, 21-18! Andy is regarded as a leader within Welsh Bowling and was one of the first players of his generation to throw the gauntlet down and take on some of the best players in the United Kingdom, on their own patch no less, in some of their own area Competitions and has built a huge reputation around the Counties for being a player of the highest possible caliber who can get the job done against absolutely anyone on the planet!
At club level Andy plays for the Ifton Rascals in the Shropshire League where he is a star performer and a regular winner for his team. He is also the playing Captain of Gresford in the Welsh Counties Super League where he steered his side to the title in 2009 leading by example with a number of dominating victories.
Andy is as good a player as you will find on the bowling circuit and must be considered as one of the favorites for victory today. Expect Andy to look for some tricky marks on the Llanfair PG green as ‘The Ice Man’ of Welsh Bowls test his opponent’s nerves with every single bowl!
Welsh No 12 for last few years, since 2002 Andy has played 24 times winning 9. Hughesy has made the final of the Meole Brace Open, losing narrowly to Noel Burrows. Winner of many comps in local area and a regular winner in the Shropshire prem league for Ifton. Andy made the semi finals of this years elite top 16 comp in the Shropshire area just losing out to winner rich Lawson. 1999 had hughesy in the last 8 of the All-england where he lost out to Andy Moss 18. Captain of Gresford’s current WCL champs.