By Daniel Bonfield
The first BTBA Adult Tour event of 2018 was the Mixed Trios at Nottingham. One of the tour objectives laid out in the tour brochure is to increase the number of female bowlers playing tournament;, we experimented with this format last year and knew it was popular and would give the tour a good foundation to achieve one of its objectives.
The format for the event was nice and simple, it would just be eight games for all teams. Four games, re-dress and then a further four games, with the team who knocks over the most pins winning. Just having one round means we can keep the costs down for the bowlers and put as much money into the prize fund instead of lineage. And as at all BTBA Tour events there was a handicap and a scratch section.
The scratch prize fund was boosted by tour sponsors B&P Fabrication Leicester. The champions were the Robbo’s Pro Shop team of Glenn Bailey, Samantha Hannan and Gavin Cox, with a 5143, a 214 average. In 2nd were the NOPE team, Leon Devlin, Billy Warnes and Rebekah Hamlet on 5043 a 210 average and in 3rd were Ballistic Bowling, Gavin and Gareth Greaves and Jenny Turnbull on 4949 a 205 average.
The handicap section was won by Rob Thurlby, Lee Cocker, and Gemma Tsappis on 5465. Just 4 pins back were Porky’s Kettering, Kieron Patel, Caroline Cunningham and Craig Ellis. In 3rd were Alley Cats 3, Darren Hall, Tanya Hall and Paul Woodjetts 5434
There were also prizes for individual handicap winner. Both the men’s and ladies winner would win a BTBA Adult Tour exclusive Striking Shirt (see below), with the top lady also receiving £100 from B&P Fabrications.
No cash prizes for the scratch winners, but there were ranking points. Taking the maximum points in the men’s section was Rob Thurlby on 1838 a 230 average. In 2nd was last year’s tour winner James Tidd and in 3rd was another tour regular Gareth Greaves. In the ladies section last years champion Samantha Hannan continued her tour dominance claiming another maximum, shooting 1757, a 219 average. Caroline Cunningham was in 2nd averaging 211 and in 3rd was Vicki Harmon with a 205 average.
So the first tour event of 2018 is done. Thank you to our sponsors Striking Shirts and of course B&P Fabrications . Thanks to our hosts for the day, MFA Nottingham and to the Tournament Manager Helen Tamblyn, who was running her first ever tournament and did a great job.
The tour now moves on to Stroud and the 57th BTBA Nationals. This year the Nationals is classed as a MAJOR event on the calendar. This means that there are extra ranking points available, 200pts for a win instead of the usual 120pts. All the details on the allocation of points at a MAJOR are laid out in the tour brochure which can be found on the BTBA Tour Facebook page @btbatour.
The full calendar is here.