59 bowlers made their way to the South Coast for the PTBC’s second event of the year and the fifth TE Ranking event of the year. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day to be beside the seaside, but there was no time for buckets and spades, there was some serious bowling to be done!
The PTBC Credit Crunch Challenge was underway, and it was tough going. Technical Director, Ross Gibson, had chosen WTBA Seoul as the pattern for this event and it turned out to be a real test for all competitors.
The Credit Crunch Challenge boasts the lowest entry fee of all the PTBC events throughout the year, but also gives the bowlers the opportunity to enter an optional prize fund. A total of 18 bowlers paid to enter the prize fund and, together with the £200 donated by B&P Fabrications, this put £1,100 into the prize fund.
John Wells took the early lead after squad A with 1443, making the tough pattern look easy! Sitting second, and 150 pins behind, was Tour President Rob Thurlby. Local Sussex bowler Steve Chinn was testing the water following some recent success on the lanes and it was paying off; he was sitting in third place with 1226. Just 1 pin behind was Tour Secretary, and local bowler, Lisa John.
Squad B saw the scoring pace increase slightly overall but Wellsy was still out in front. Keiran Burden had moved into second place with 1332, closely followed by Ray Teece on 1327. Rob Thurlby had nestled himself into a comfortable fourth position with his 1293 and Leon Devlin rounded off the top 5 with 1280. 32 bowlers made it through to round 2 and the cut after qualifying was tied between Adam Maher and Daniel Davies on 1091. Narrowly missing the cut was Lisa’s dad, Tony, with 1082.
In round 2 bowlers would play a further 4 games hoping for a spot in the top 10, for the round robin. The scoring pace was a little slow and the overall tournament average dropped, but there was one bowler who was breaking the mould. Matt Chamberlain rocketed himself from 21st to 9th place finishing with games of 243 and 242. Finishing 1 pin behind Richard Teece and missing out on a top 10 spot was Lisa John. However, having just returned to bowling after a back injury, Matt was unable to bowl any further games which meant that Lisa would qualify for the final. And with a little over 100 pins separating most of the field, there was all to play for. Our early leader, John Wells, was still leading with plenty of breathing space between himself and second place. The other bowlers to make the final were Leon Devlin, Sam Rose, Chris Oates, Keiran Burden, Ray Teece, Steve Chinn and Rob Thurlby.
Onto the Round Robin and Lisa fired out of the blocks with games of 259, 202, 199 and 234 sending her up the field to 3rd place. Unfortunately for Lisa she wasn’t able to keep the scoring pace going and started to flag half way through the final dropping back to 5th. Leon Devlin made a late surge and pulled himself up into a comfortable 2nd place finish. Ray Teece stayed solid throughout the day and bagged himself a very respectable and consistent 3rd place. Chris Oates wowed the crowd with an impressive 300 in game 9 to bump him up the field to 4th place. Despite some absolutely brilliant bowling in the final stages of the event, nobody was able to match the striking power of John Wells.
Thank you to everyone who took part and well done for giving it your all on one of the toughest patterns we have seen for a very long time. The next event on our calendar is the World Cup Qualifier at AMF Peterborough…keep checking back for the online entry form and we look forward to seeing you there.