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01 January 2013

The PTBC Tour's second tour stop of 2012 visited a new host for the club, AMF Peterborough on Sunday 1st April.
The only optional prize fund tenpin event anywhere saw just shy of 60 players bowl into the cathedral city of Peterborough which is around 85 miles north of London, nestling in the county of Cambridgeshire.

Expert lanesman Ross Gibson was tasked with laying the WTBA Montreal lane pattern on the centres 20 AMF SPL lanes, and it was to nobodies surprise that Ross (Bowltech UK's Technical Manager) did a perfect job.

The medium length championship pattern gave most of the bowlers a bit of a test, all of which knew it was about learning to play on this style of pattern rather than putting blame to equipment, weather, or some other such reason.

The optional prize fund attracted around 25 entries at £50 each, paying down 6 places based on the first 6 games. James Tidd took first place with the largest single first place payout on the Team England ranking circuit (except for the English Open), followed by Adam Purnell taking £300 which once again beats the majority of first place payouts on the circuit.

So with James Tidd leading the mens division with a worthy 1352 total, Angie Brown was leading the ladies division going into round two with 1151.

The cut saw the top 18 men and top 10 ladies bowl a further four games in round two, and they were looking to make the final round robin which saw 10 men and 6 ladies compete for 1st place in each of their divisions.

Mens tenth place going into the round robin was Richard Teece with a total of 2036 (203.6 avg), and the ladies 6th place  was Laura Marcham with a total of 1820 (182 avg).

The men faced another 9 games in the round robin, and the ladies would play 5 as has become something of a standard at England ranking events.

Jo Allsebrook started the ladies round-robin in first place but was unsure if she would be able to compete due to a nagging injury, however after game one, and a win against Angie Brown, Allsebrook found form and continued to lead the ladies and taking the 1st place position and 120 Team England ranking points. Laura Marcham was the biggest mover, qualifying in sixth spot and progressing up the table after each match to end up in second place.

In the mens division, first place was a similar story to the ladies with James Tidd remaining atop the leaderboard and taking the 120 ranking points, followed by John Wells in second place. Richard Teece made the right moves to take 5th place, up from 10th at the start of the round-robin.

The PTBC were overwhelmed by the hospitality received at AMF Peterborough, and would like to thank all of the staff that helped to make the event a huge success. We shall return...

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