A SKITTLES team from Evesham are relishing their debut at this year’s Butcombe British Skittles Championships.
Bengeworth Allsorts are a new team entering the mixed competition for the first time and were the very first entry to be received by the organisers, Shoot Out Club.
The team, who play in the Evesham & District Skittles League, are no strangers to bringing home the silverware, and team secretary Rachel Curtis said the team were looking forward to the new challenge.
It could just be a case of beginners’ luck as the championships have seen first time entrants win in the past. The Lucky Devils from Totnes won the mixed event at their first attempt in 2012 and just to prove it was not a fluke followed that up with another victory the following year.
In the women’s competition, Cornwall’s Everhopefulls team won the ladies’ event at their first attempt back in 2005 and have now won a historic four championships.
Closer to home, the Coleford Bowlovers team from Gloucester won the ladies’ title at their first attempt back in 2007.
More than 150 teams from all over the UK regularly compete in the Butcombe Championships, which begin with a series of knockout rounds from April through to August. The 64 finalists then converge on Torquay’s Riviera International Conference Centre in September to battle it out for trophies, prize money and Butcombe beer.
Entries for the event are open until mid-April and are organised by Shoot Out Club of Torquay, who have submitted last year’s championships for a Guinness World record as the biggest skittles competition.
“We are waiting for confirmation from Guinness,” said Rachel Bourke, Shoot Out’s MD.
“We know of no other competition that involves so many skittlers so we’re crossing our fingers that, with nearly 472 matches played and 1,696 competitors taking part, we will get the record.
“It looks like we’ll be overtaking those figures with this year’s competition.”
To enter the competition visit www.seriousaboutevents.co.uk.