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Double Fours joy for Wanstead Central against Essex County

PUBLISHED: 11:30 22 June 2018

Paul Whellams for Wanstead Central

Paul Whellams for Wanstead Central

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Central boys grab big win in national competition

Paul Woodford for Wanstead CentralPaul Woodford for Wanstead Central

Wanstead Central marched on in the National Double Fours competition after a battling victory over their Essex County rivals from Westcliff-on-Sea.

The match at Nutter Lane saw two closely-fought rinks and it was Central’s nerve that held as they earned wins on both.

James Rippey and his team of Terry Lichkin, Paul Woodford and Paul Whellams had an almighty battle with David Dar’s team which they got home 18-17.

The other Central rink saw Colin Jones, Mitch Brenner, Kevin Fitzgerald and skip Lee Chaplin get the better of Alan Spratt’s foursome to give them the overall win by 40-34.

They now travel to Bournemouth Park in the next round.

One job done, but on Saturday morning things did not go so well against their great rivals Ilford in the Jackson Shield event.

Central were the holders of the London Parks competition, but they were comprehensively beaten by the Ilford boys, going down to a 60-29 defeat on a tough green over at Valentines Park.

Central did win none of the three rinks as Len Welton, Keith Lloyd, Colin Foster and skip Bob Druce got the better of a Sim Madgewick team playing one short, by 19-15.

For the rest, there was nothing but misery.

In the Cribb Triples League, Central’s A team were beaten by Poplar in the battle of the top two in the Western Division.

They won only one of the three rinks with Ian Michael, Keith Lloyd and skip David Baxter getting the better of Tony Ward’s trio by 25-14.

However, Steve Minns, Len Welton and skip Steve Welsh were beaten 22-16, while Kevin Fitzgerald and his team of John Harwood and Colin Foster were beaten 19-11 to give Poplar the win by 55-52 and five of the seven points.

There was better news for the B team in the Central division as they won on all three rinks in their home clash with Fords.

Colin Jones, John Cook and Paul Woodford had a convincing 26-12 win over Steve Wilson and his boys.

Moosa Patel, Paco Rodriguez and skip Bob Druce followed suit with a 22-10 win, while to round things off, Whellams and his team of Lou Jacobs and Lichkin won 18-12 to give Central all seven points.

In their latest Foresters Triples League clash, Central were thumped 93-66 by Loughton after both teams wson their two away rinks.

It was something of a disaster at Nutter Lane as Gary Burns, Geoff King and skip Maurice Bitton were beaten 22-17.

It was even worse for Keith Lloyd’s team of Jacobs and Vic Turner who were thumped 34-8.

Things were a little better over at Loughton where Central’s rink of Norman Kennedy, Derek Long and Gerry Rose defeated Roger Burrell’s trio 21-18..

Steve Minns, Mark Newman and Mick Smallwood also won their rink beating Colin Mully’s trio 20-19.

But at close of play Central were rewarded with six points and Loughton nine.

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