New Bezza League champion Simon Bowden won the title last week, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. Bowden had to fight off the challenges of Duncan McIsaac Snr, Tom Beck and Alex Hamilton on the final day and at one point looked like the title could be slipping away, but Bowden’s experience saw him through to the end. Bowden only spent 3 weeks outside the top 10 all season, which in itself is a remarkable achievement. Below are some other stats from the season just gone…
- Only 5 players held top spot at some point this season. Matt Giles was at the summit for the longest period of 15 weeks. Eventual winner Simon Bowden spent the last 11 weeks there. Stevie Fairless was top for 6 weeks, Tom Beck for 5 weeks, with Alex Hamilton experiencing top spot for 1 week.
- To qualify for Bezza Europe you would have needed to average around 6.9 points per week, that’s down from the 7.6 points per week needed to qualify for Bezza Europe last season.
- Out of the 38 weeks, only Pete Stevenson managed to be weekly top points scorer 3 times. Mick Wilson, Mark Johnson, Stephen Barwick, Lewis Purvis, Adam Brown, Kev Illingworth, Mark Summerill, Paul Hardie, Matty Clayton, Philip Gray, Paul Maxwell and Andrew Strachan all managed it on 2 occasions, with a further 32 players experiencing a weekly top score once.
- Simon Bowden also came out on top when it came to correct scores. Bowden predicted 52 games bang on the money! Kev Illingworth was 2nd with 49. Duncan McIsaac Snr, Richard Huggan, Dan Stewart and Carl Collier were 3rd with 47 correct scores.
- Although finishing in the season in 54th, Carl Glover predicted the most amount of correct outcomes with 172. Liam McLean who finished in 33rd predicted 166 outcomes, while 35th placed Darren Vowden was 3rd on this list with 164 correct outcomes.
- Ricky Froldi’s score of 19 points (6 correct scores and 1 correct outcome) on week 20 was the highest score of the season, the joint 2nd highest score of all time. Adam Brown and Kev Illingworth both had a high score of 17 points. Stephen Barwick, Lee Keenan, Sam Kirk, Aaron Carr, Tom Beck and Rob Bosher all managed 16 points.
- Last season Simon Bowden could only manage a 77th place finish. But before that he finished in the top 10 finish on four previous occasions, only Harris Khan has achieved more top 10 finishes (6). In fact, this season is the first season that Khan hasn’t finished in the Bezza League’s elite in his career. Dan Stewart, Rachel Baird and Liam McLean have finished in the top 10 on three occasions.
- 3 of this years debutants managed to qualify for next seasons Champion League competition. Bert Chilvers (14th), Pete Stevenson (15th) and Chris Coan (19th) all make it through to the group stages of next seasons Bezza Europe. Our other debutants finishing positions were Craig Allan (47th), Elliott Crosby (69th), Nathan Walker (82nd) and Dawn Cowdell (84th).
- If the last 3 weeks of this season are anything to go by then our top 10 may look a little different next season. Top scorers over the last 3 weeks were Rob Bosher and Bert Chilvers with 32 points, Alfie Adams was 2nd with 31 points. Rachel Baird, Tom Beck and Mark Johnson scored 29 points to be 3rd. While Mark Miller, Matt Giles and Mark Summerill were 4th with 27 points and 5th were Ken Nicholson and Carl Collier scored 26 points.