Nicknamed ‘The Freak’ by Wrexham’s version of Crickets Barmy Army, Nick has built an ever growing reputation for being a top level performer and also a hard working ambassador for the game behind the scenes, championing Welsh bowls at every opportunity with huge pride and immense gusto! Nick is a fearless League and competition bowler whose reputation travels the length of North Wales and its neighboring counties and is a player who is gaining massive respect from some of the nations bowling hierarchy.
Nick Hughes has many Wales caps to his name and has been a mainstay of the Welsh County Team since re-dedicating himself to the game. This season Nick has stepped up in class to compete in some of the United Kingdoms most competitive Tournaments qualifying for the finals days at Cradley, Gaghill, Dobbies, Tower Fields and Prestich were he has finished in the money on each occasion! This season, Nick has also finished in the last 64 at the Isle of Man Festival and has qualified for today’s finals while competing in just 3 out of 4 sessions which is a remarkable achievement such is the quality of the competition!
In 2009, Nick Hughes competed and finished in the last 16 of the All England Tournament where cries of ‘Freak’ were heard all day long by the army of traveling Welsh fans as he sailed through the rounds beating some of the games finest bowlers. Nick has also won many local area competitions and a host of doubles competitions in and around Wrexham with various partners.
Nick Hughes has played for a number of different teams in many different leagues within North Wales, this season playing for Cuncliff in the Blackwell Hydraulics Welsh Counties League (Super League), Bangor City in the North Wales Coast League and Richmond in the Manchester Premier League where he is a regular winner, proving that mileage is of no issue in pursuit of high level, top class bowling.
Nick Hughes commands respect and has a reputation for being one of the best players in Wales today! Nick carries an aura of invincibility around with him as he travels from venue to venue and clearly, Nick is a masterful player who is open to any bowling challenge that happens to present itself, as he tests and pushes his self to the limit at every opportunity! Nick has talent, huge talent and has a great bowling mind to go with it! Is Nick Hughes the total package? Well, that is up to 15 other bowlers to decide as they attempt to find and exploit any weakness they can find within ‘The Freaks’ game
6 senior caps before finishing bowls, since back played 4 time winning 5 losing 5. 3 time welsh merit semi finalist, last 16 all England 2009. Winner of numerous singles / doubles comp at local area level. Started the bigger bowls circuit comps this year and have made finals day in all but 1 comp: Spring waterloo last 64, Cradley last 16, Gaghill last 8, Dobbies last 16, Tower fields runner-up, Prestwich last 16, IOM last 64, WPA last 16. Plays at Richmond in Man Prem league occasionally with 2 from 3 wins this year and 7 from 9 over last 2 years. Last Nick finished the season as Ifton top player in the Shropshire Prem League with 17 wins from 22 games.