The Notts Trios was the first stop of the 2018 BTBA Tour, held at MFA Nottingham. Taking the top place was Robbo’s Pro shop with 5143 as Cockers Knockers placed second with 5129 and Nope third with 5043. In the HCP section Porkey’s Kettering placed first with 5494.
About the Tour
The BTBA Tour has been designed to bridge the gap between local area tournaments and the Team England Trials. We want to attract as many bowlers as possible to come out and experience tournament play, and to feel competitive and not intimidated. The aim is for bowlers to gain confidence to trial for the National Team. Others will seek to improve their game further with coaching.
The Tour is a series of 10 events with varying formats. Individuals can earn ranking points and prize money throughout the year. The entry fee to these tournaments is kept as low as possible, with both handicap and scratch sections offered. The prize fund in these tournaments is boosted by the tour sponsors B&P Fabrications Leicester, Striking Shirts and Track Bowling.
The 2018 Tour events are as follows:
|13th – 14th January||Nottingham – Mixed Trios||MFA Nottingham|
|10th – 25th March||National Championships||Stroud|
|7th – 8th April||Lancashire Open||Wigan|
|19th – 20th May||BUTBA Doubles||Airport Bowl|
|16th – 17th June||Jim Brewer||Poole|
|7th – 8th July||TBA||Shipley|
|4th – 5th August||TBA||Dunstable|
|22nd – 23rd Sept||Shropshire Open||Shrewsbury|
|20th – 21st October||Northants Open||Wellingborough|
|17th – 18th November||Generation Doubles||Stroud|
The tournaments themselves are run by the Local Association with the aim of raising the profile of the game in their region, as well as using the tournament to raise funds, which we hope will be used in the promotion of the sport. It also helps in building relationships between Local Associations and the bowling centres in their county.