On Valentines day 2016 we celebrated 50 years since the second perfect game rolled by an English bowler.
Albert Kirkham was the first at the Top Rank Bowl in Chester on the 5th of December 1965. A regular league bowler at the ABC Cine Bowl in Hanley. Albert’s local centre at Hanley, Stoke on Trent, was later the site of the first 300 to be bowled in a ABC bowl. This was rolled by John Broadhurst in February 1967 some 14 months after Albert’s.
Hanley holds the unique distinction of being the first center to have a ‘Perfect Pair’ bowling in their leagues.
Albert sadly passed on the 11th April 1987 aged just 55 so we were unable to interview him but John is very much alive and still bowling. To celebrate 50 years since the second perfect game by an English bowler we had the pleasure of speaking with John Broadhurst.
*Press cuttings thanks to John Broadhurst
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