2008 Brunswick Team England #1


From Zero to Hero; Kendall comes from behind to win Blackburn Singles

2008BTE01FionaBanks_small.jpg 2008BTE01RobKendall_small.jpg The first Brunswick Team England tournament of 2008 was held at Bowlplex Blackburn, Jan. 19-20, and was a lesson in never giving up on a seemingly lost cause. Rob Kendall, was 35th after qualifying and advanced just because of two no-shows, averaged 261 in round 2 and 227 in round robin to to blow away the field and claim victory by 113 pins.  On the women's side, Fiona Banks beat out Jo Allsebrook by six pins to  earn the title, 3404 to 3398.

2007 Brunswick Team England #15


Thornton wins 2007 English rankings; Allsebrook and Glover tie for the ladies No. 1 spot

2007BTE12SteveThornton_small.jpg 2007BWCJoAllsebrook2_small.jpg The Storm English Open at Lakeside Superbowl in Nuneaton was not only the final European ranking event but also the final Brunswick Team England ranking event of the season reports Eric Hayton. Steve Thornton (pictured left) won the men's rankings with Jon Zadel in second and Rob Kendall in third. At the top of the ladies though, and for the first time, there was a tie for the number 1 spot between Zara Glover and Jo Allsebrook (right).

2007 Brunswick Team England #14


Quarry and Smith take different routes to win in Tamworth

Strykers Bowl in Tamworth, England (Nov. 17-18, 2007)

2007BTE14JemmaSmith_small.jpg 2007BTE14MikeQuarry_small.jpg Mike Quarry and Jemma Smith took different routes to win the 14th and penultimate ranking event of the 2007 Brunswick Team England season, the Tamworth Open Singles at Strykers Bowl in Tamworth. World Championship silver medalist Quarry led the men's division from start to finish, while in the ladies Jemma Smith shot 278 final game for a 2 pin victory.

2007 Brunswick Team England #13


Williams/Froggatt successfully defend their title at AMF Grand Prix Doubles

AMF Macclesfield (Oct. 28-29, 2007)

2007BTE13FroggattWilliams_small.jpg Defending champions Stuart Williams (r.) and Nick Froggatt (l.) did the double at AMF Macclesfield last weekend. Attracting a very solid entry of 43 doubles pairings it was a come from behind victory as top qualifiers were Damian Gray and ex-junior international Ray Teece with Rob Kendall and Dom Barrettt in second after the first round. Team England ranking points were awarded for the first 8 games – Matt Miller (1904) headed Ray Teece for max points, while Finny Banks (1756) headed partner Jo Allsebrook by 20 pins in the ladies.

2007 Brunswick Team England #12


Thornton wins PTBC Eliminator; Hood, John atop the men's and women's rankings

2007BTE12SteveThornton_small.jpg 2007BTE12DanielStride_small.jpg Steve Thornton (l.) has won the 12th Brunswick Team England ranking event, the PTBC Eliminator at Airport Bowl in London Heathrow. Thornton averaged 227 in the 8-player round robin match play and won six of his seven matches to beat out Daniel Stride (r.) for the title, 1769 to 1754. Richard Hood and Lisa John won the men's and women's rankings based on the qualifying scores with 230.50 and 202.75 average for eight games.

2007 Brunswick Team England #11


Kendall and again Allsebrook win Brunswick Team England ranking event in Blackburn

Bowlplex Blackburn (September 22-23, 2007)

After a two-month break, Brunswick Team England events continued in Blackburn in September – unfortunately this also clashed with the adult Triple Crown in Jersey, the European Champions Cup in Luxembourg and the EBT in Ankara. Nevertheless 40 bowlers (seven ladies) took to the lanes. Jo Allsebrook added her second title in a row and this time beat the men as well. Though Rob Kendall was second over the 17 games, he did shoot more pins scratch, the seven pin ladies bonus the difference, though this should take nothing away from Jo, who is in a rich vein of form.

2007 Brunswick Team England #10


First shall be last

Charrington Bowl in Tolworth, England (July 28-29, 2007)

2007BTE10CliffDew_small.jpg Way back in January 1992 the first Team Britain (as was) ranking event was held at Strykers Bushbury. Two Hundred and Sixty-Seven ranking events later the winner then is the winner now - Cliff Dew. His win has been a talking point – a massive 626 points ahead of Steve Thornton (below on the left) – an average about 20 pins better than any left or right handed player was able to make on the very flat pattern laid down this year.

2007 Brunswick Team England #9


Going to Russia to win

Lakeside Superbowl Nuneaton in Nuneaton, England (July 14-15, 2007)

2007BTE09WCQAllsebrookMoor_small.jpg Lakeside Nuneaton hosted this year's QubicaAMF World Cup qualifying tournament for English players in mid-July and produced one very surprised winner and one that could only be described as a favorite. 3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor claimed his fifth World Cup qualifying win, while Jo Allsebrook's first Team England ranking win doesn't come much better than earning a trip to Russia

2007 Brunswick Team England #8


Giles, Glover win BTE rankings in European Fives

Number Ten Ipswich (June 29 - July 1)

2007WRMZaraGlover_small.jpg 2007BTE08AndyGiles_small.jpg Andy Giles (l.), who has been on a reduced bowling schedule for the last three years since last making the Brunswick Team England squad, won his first ranking event with a 2490 (226 average) total over the 11 games of the singles and team event. In the ladies event, Zara Glover (r.) won her fourth title of the season shooting 2350 (213 average).

2007 Brunswick Team England #7


Williams blasts through knockout rounds to cruise to PTBC title in Bromborough

Kendall and Glover win the rankings

2007BTE07KendallWilliams_small.jpg After a slow start in qualifying, a lowly 19th place, Stuart Williams (right) blasted through five knockout rounds averaging 233 over 13 games to take the PTBC title at the Bowl in Bromborough. In the championship match in best-of-three games format, Rob Kendall (left) beat Williams in the final first game 227-196, but Williams replied with 234 and 247 to take the title.

2007 Brunswick Team England #6


Ainge and Barrett win Scott Banks Memorial singles titles

2007BTE06DominicBarrett_small.jpg 2007BTE06NickyAinge_small.jpg The annual Scott Banks Memorial at AMF Leeds produced a new winner for Team England in the ladies event, as Nicki Ainge not only won the maximum ranking points for her score over 10 games (2124), but also held off all challengers in the round robin. Mike Quarry bagged max points in the men's division but finished third after the round robin. Dom Barrett (right) and Steve Thornton battled for the crown with Barrett succeeding by 21 pins.

2007 Brunswick Team England #5


Darren Cundy wins Ilkeston Knockout Open

Zadel, Smith win the rankings

2007BTE04JonZadel_small.jpg 2007BTE05JemmaSmith_small.jpg There were two parts to this event – an 8 game qualifier for Team England points and a 24 person knockout over 3 games total pinfall. Jon Zadel (left) bagged his second ranking title in a row with 1763, while the ladies' honors went to Jemma Smith (right) on 1698. Darren Cundy (611) beat Mark Smith (589) to win the knockout final.

2007 Brunswick Team England #4


Zadel beats Scott by one pin to win Jim Brewer Memorial

John edges Smith for the women's title

2007BTE04JonZadel_small.jpg 2007BTE04LisaJohn_small.jpg Summer came to the south coast resort of Poole for the 21st Annual Jim Brewer Tournament and so did 42 men and 16 ladies. Lisa John (pictured left) returned to welcome form, edging Jemma Smith by 23 pins for the women's title.  An unbelievable finish to the men’s event saw Jon Zadel (right) beat Adam Scott by one pin. 

2007 Brunswick Team England #3


Thornton and Banks win BTE rankings at the BTBA National Championships

Hollywood Bowl in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (March 11-25, 2007)

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The BTBA Nationals was held at Hollywood Bowl Bradford, Yorkshire. Ranking points were decided by the all-events scores bowled by players in the A division only over nine games. Men’s Division A was won by Steve Thornton (left, 2067) comprising of sets of 646, 687 and 734. Women’s Division A winner Finny Banks’ (right) total of 2063 would have placed in second in the men’s top division.

2007 Brunswick Team England #2


Barrett/Thornton win PTBC Matchplay Doubles

Glover and Wells win the rankings

2007BTE02BarrettThornton_small.jpg L-R Two-time English ranking leader Dominic Barrett teamed with former World Games Mixed Doubles champion Steve Thornton to win the PTBC Matchplay Doubles in Madison Heights, England. In the title match, Barrett rolled a 259 game and Thornton added 246 to fly past the duo Chris Snashall (192) and Damian Gray (215), 505-407.

2007 Brunswick Team England #1


Cundy and Glover start English ranking season with victory in Burton

Burton Bowl in Staffordshire, England (Jan. 20-21, 2007)

2007BTE01ZaraGlover.jpg 2007BTE01DarrenCundy.jpg English internationals Darren Cundy and Zara Glover won the men's and women's titles in the Burton Open Singles, the first event of the 2007 Brunswick Team England ranking season.  Cundy (center) overcame a 64-pin lead that youngster Adam Scott (left) had in the final game, while Glover led all the way through.

Brunswick Team England #15


Beck and Harvey end English ranking season with victory in PTBC Airport Challenge

Airport Bowl in London, England (Dec. 9-10, 2006)

2006BTE15RichardBeck.jpg In a match between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed, tournament leader Richard Beck defeated Matt Hamilton, 393-367, en route to win the final Brunswick Team England ranking event, the PTBC Airport Challenge, at Airport Bowl in London, England, and enough points to move him into the squad for the second year. In the women's finals, Nikki Harvey, the No. 8 seed, flew past No. 2 Jemma Smith, 392-297.

Brunswick Team England #14


Barrett and Smith dominate in Burton Short & Long Singles

2006BWCDominicBarrett_small.jpg Jemma_Smith_3169.jpg Defending Brunswick Team England ranking champion Dominic Barrett led from start to finish in the Burton Short & Long Singles en route to win his second ranking event this season. In the women's round robin final a late burst by Jenny Billingham and Lisa Gardner pushed Jemma Smith to finish with a 245 game to seal the title.

Brunswick Team England #13


Williams/Froggatt win Macclesfield Grand Prix Doubles

Burrows and Jowsey earn maximum ranking points

2006BTE13NickFroggattStuartWilliams_small.jpg Stuart Williams and Nick Froggatt won the annual doubles event at AMF Macclesfield with a 2648 total, just holding off the Jo Harries and Darren Cundy pairing who totaled 2574. Third were Rob Thurlby & Jon Zadel on 2557. Brunswick Team England maximum points went to Lee Burrows and Katie Jowsey.

2006 Brunswick Team England Ranking Tour


Thornton wins PTBC Eliminator in Tolworth

Thurlby and Penny atop the ranking

2006BTE12Top3_small.jpg Steve Thornton (center) won the PTBC Eliminator at Charrington Bowl in Tolworth, Surrey. He averaged 238,57 over seven games round robin and compiled a 5-2 won-lost record to finish with 1820 pinfall total. Trailing Thornton by 68 pins to finish in second place was Rob Thurlby (left), with defending BTE ranking champion Dominic Barrett (right) in third. 

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