Les Gillett tops World Bowls Tour ranking list
Following the completion of the World Bowls Tour’s UK Open, the updated WBT ranking list has been published.
The new ranking list sees world champion Les Gillett end the season as the World Number One.
His victory at Potters Resort in January and a second round showing at the UK Open saw him move from fifth position at the start of the season to take over the top spot.
Paul Foster’s final appearance at the World Indoor Championships and a semi-final at Stanley sees him as the nearest challenger to Les, moving from his position as world number four at the start of the season.
Mark Dawes has moved to fifth in the ranking list following his victory at Stanley, with fellow finalist Jamie Chestney making the most significant move in the ranking list this season as he climbs from 14th to 7th position.
With first round defeats at the World Indoor Championships and the UK Open, Mark Royal drop out of the top 16, but Simon Skelton and Darren Burnett performed well enough at Stanley to retain their places.
Following his run to the semi-final of the World Indoor Championships, Wayne Willgress moves into the WBT’s top 16 for the first time and takes the 14th place in the ranking list.
The Top 24 in the WBT Ranking List as at 4th April 2022:
1st – Les Gillett (Eng) 130 points
2nd – Paul Foster MBE (Sco) 124
3rd – Stewart Anderson (Sco) 107
4th – Nick Brett (Eng) 93
5th – Mark Dawes (Eng) 86
6th – Greg Harlow (Eng) 83
7th – Jamie Chestney (Eng) 81
8th – Mervyn King (Eng) 65
9th – Jason Greenslade (Wal) 64
=10th – Robert Paxton (Eng) 58
=10th – Alex Marshall MBE (Sco) 58
=10th – Michael Stepney (Sco) 58
13th – David Gourlay MBE (Sco) 54
14th – Wayne Willgress (Eng) 50
15th – Darren Burnett (Sco) 43
16th – Simon Skelton (Eng) 42
17th – Mark Royal (Eng) 30
18th – Scott Edwards (Eng) 26
19th – Colin Banks (Sco) 19
20th – Danny Denison (Eng) 15
=21st – Ken Chan (HKG) 14
=21st – Andy Thomson (Eng) 14
=21st – Perry Martin (Eng) 14
24th – Dan Le Messurier (USA) 11
The WBT ranking list is based on performances over the last three seasons of WBT events with a weighted system in favour of the most recent events.
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