ESBT 2018 Stop #1 – Stroud

Tour Stop 1 was played on the specially designed Lucky Larsen pattern, for the WBT event that goes by the same name, Lucky Larsen – named after… yes, you guessed it…. Martin “ Lucky” Larsen, one of Swedens finest players and…. All round nice guy. We had the pleasure of Storm Bowling’s Bill Supper and Peter Somoff decide on this pattern for the first Stop of season 2.

The Pattern measures 38ft in length and uses 26.5ml of lane oil.

Who would be able to “ Get Lucky “ on this pattern???

Jason Belmonte won on this pattern in Sweden last year…… could we have a 2 handed winner??

Squad 1:

Players in squad 1 consisted of a Multiple EBT Major Winner and newly voted housewife’s favourite , Rob Thurlby, one of Malaysias finest exports and certainly no stranger to huge scores, ZZ – Zulmazran Zulkifli , Team England’s Gordon Humphries and Gary Baker…… could any of these be Belmo of Stroud??

As the bowling came to the last game, Jason Agate was leading but a slip up in game 8 meant Lee Cocker took squad 1 with a score of 1664 only 14 pins behind was Jason with 1650 and rounding out the top 3 was Craig Barrett with 1646 only just 1 pin in front of “ miss consistent” Katie Finnigan on 1645.

“ ZZ” was 7th on 1605 but poor old Thurlby just didn’t have his striking boots on and ended up 20th on 1472.

Squad 2:

was soon to start and we would now see some very familiar names. ESBT Winner and 2017 Masters Champion Adam Michaels, EBT Legend Paul “ Roger “ Moor, Englands Finest Stevie T, H.O.F Mrs Kim Oakley and the return of new “ old boy”  Richard “ Tricky “ Hood!

Could any of these topple the leaderboard and knock Cocker off the top spot? Could one of our previous winners , win again?

Brandon Roberts got off to a flying start with a fine 277 followed by Stroud Bowl owner and Team England Senior Kim Johnson 258….. the first 3 games were between these 2 for the top spot but as the oil carried down and transition happened Kim would lose his striking shoes and Brandon sped off with a few new chasers, Adam Michaels, Paul Moor and the silver fox Stevie T.

Going in to game 8 , it was a close one…… it was looking like the +100 mark would be needed… Brandon hit trouble with a 186 , Stevie T only managed a 172, Paul Moor was 205 but that wasn’t enough to stop ESBT Masters Winner Adam Michaels from taking top spot , again, and winning on 1713.

This was Adams 2nd Tour Stop win after Farnborough 2017. A slight repeat of the 2017 Masters final with Adam just taking Brandon.

Following Adam was Brandon in 2nd – 1706 and Paul Moor in 3rd – 1686. Lee Cocker’s earlier attempt landed him in 6th with his 1664.

Rounding out the top 10 and being the highest female was ESBT newcomer and, “ Miss Consistent “ Katie Finnigan with a 1645 – a fantastic first result on the ESBT.

The Sweeper was won by Glen Bailey on 499, Chris Matthews 2nd with 496 and round out the top 3 was “ ZZ “ himself with 493.

Storm On Board With HUGE Prize Package for 2017

The English Sport Bowling Tour (ESBT) is delighted to announce the big prize for the winner of the end of season Tour Masters. We wanted to make this a prize that was truly fitting of the title and so courtesy of our friends at Storm Products, Inc. and Bowltech UK, the winner will receive an amazing bowling package that comprises of:
· Return air travel to Las Vegas
· Travel to/from their hotel in Vegas
· Hotel accommodation in Vegas
· 1 entry to the TAT (True Amateur Tournament) in Vegas
· 1-Day trip to the Storm Products, Inc. facility in Utah, complete with guided tour
· 1/2 hour on lane coaching/lesson
· 1 bowling ball, presented in the US by Storm
We are sure that you’ll agree that this is an amazing prize like no other offered in the UK and elsewhere and we must thank Bill Supper, European Director of Sales & Marketing, Storm Products, Inc. and Nick Keppe, President of Bowltech UK for making this happen.
So, what more incentive do you need to register for the Tour, play the required number of events to go for qualification to the Masters and give yourself a shot at this incredible prize? The 1st Tour stop is at Stroud on Sunday 5th March (overflow 4th March).
The English Sport Bowling Tour (ESBT) is set up for the promotion of sport bowling. The sport bowling tour will be played in various bowling centres with different stops on different dates.
Sports Patterns
Each tour stop consists of a total of 8 games of which each game will be played on a pair of lanes. You will only play on sport conditions. Per stop a long, medium or short sports pattern will be used.
Prize money per tour stop and ‘sweeper’
When everybody has finished the 8 games per tour stop, the final score will immediately be known and prize money will be distributed. So, there will be no finals or a final day. You only have to make 1 trip to play your 8 games.
Participants who have not cashed for prize money, compete in the so called ‘sweeper’. In the sweeper, your 2 highest games out of the 8 played games are considered.
The prize schedule can be found under the information button on top of this website.
Tour Masters
To qualify for the tour masters you must have played at least 5 of the possible 7 points earning events (six tour stops and the optional English Open). If you play all six stops then five highest finishes will count for the ranking. The total prize money in the tour pot will be announced after each stop on the website.
After all stops the winners are announced. At least the best 6 men and the best 2 women are in the prizes.
Costs and registration
A tour registration fee of £50 is payable and will allow the player to earn points for the tour season (one year). This registration fee will go straight to the end of season Masters.
Players that have not paid the £50 tour registration can still enter individual tour stops by paying a £10 tour fee per stop, but will not earn points. This fee will go straight to the end of season Masters. Players can opt to pay the £50 tour registration fee at any point during the tour, but will only earn points from events taking place after payment.
The entry fee per stop is £60 per person. You can register for each individual stop. Direct registration for one of the stops of the sport bowling tour can be done via:

*The prize package is as presented above and no equivalent, cash or otherwise can be offered. If the Masters champion is unable to take up the prize, then it will be offered to the person who finishes 2nd and so on.”

Malta Open 2017

Time to announce yet another sponsor to our ever growing list!
It is with great pleasure to have onboard one of the most well known EBT events now in its 26th year and still going strong.
We would like to thank Mike Gatt and the Malta Open team for supporting the ESBT 2017!!

The Malta Open team have given us a FREE ENTRY in to this years event held on the 14th – 18th June 2017 at the Eden Super Bowl!

Who wins it?
The Winner of ESBT 1 at Stroud on the 4/5th March will win it, as an additional prize!

If you want the chance to win the Free Malta Open entry, sign up to the new ESBT Tour and get booking in to the 1st tour stop!
Not many spaces left now, so be quick, it’s filling up fast!!

Enter online at our online registration form

Brunswick Madrid Challenge

It gives us great pleasure to announce the second sponsor of the ESBT tour! We are pleased to announce that the Brunswick Madrid Challenge will be the second sponsor of the Tour. Putting up 3 entries worth €360 and these will be given to the Highest Male, Highest Female and Highest Youth at the masters at the end of the year and will qualify for the Brunswick Madrid Challenge in 2018.
Thank you very much to Paco Rodriguez and his team at the Brunswick Madrid Challenge for sponsoring our event and giving us these prizes. Why not try the Brunswick Madrid Challenge this year on the 1-9 July. It’s a great tournament.
So Youths and Females this gives you even more reason to get your entries in!! People get your entries in and memberships paid as it’s filling up fast for the first stop at Stroud on Sunday 5th March and will be played on WTBA Los Angeles 35ft!!

Sponsor Added


It is with great pleasure that we can now announce the first sponsor of the English Sport Bowling Tour is the AIK tournament in Sweden held every January. The organiser of the AIK tournament, Ian Robinson has will donate 8 extra prizes which equate to the value of £625. This will be a Free Re-entry to the 2018 AIK bowling tournament held in Sweden in January for the winner of every tour stop including the English Open and a Free First Entry to the winner of the masters at the End of the Year! Now that gives you all even more reason to sign up and play the New sports bowling tour!!

It will be a maximum of 2 Re-entries per person so if someone ends up winning 3 tour stops then on there 3rd win, whoever placed second will Receive the Free Re Entry.
These prizes cannot be traded or sold on.
These prizes are for the 2018 AIK Tournament in Stockholm, Sweden!
Thank you very much to Ian and his team at the AIK tournament in Sweden for giving us these prizes!

Here is the website for the tournament running in January 2017, so take a look at the dates for the AIK tournament in 2018 which will be released in Spring 2017.

Keep your eyes peeled for more sponsorship announcements in the coming weeks too!