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Wanstead Central pair hold their nerve in Top Club

08:30 10 July 2014

Wanstead Central v Romford at the Bowls National Top Club competition in Wanstead.

Wanstead Central v Romford at the Bowls National Top Club competition in Wanstead.

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Essex County scalp follows Romford triumph

Wanstead Central v Romford at the Bowls National Top Club competition in Wanstead. Paul Whellams for Wanstead CentralWanstead Central v Romford at the Bowls National Top Club competition in Wanstead. Paul Whellams for Wanstead Central

After claiming the impressive scalp of Romford in the previous round, Wanstead Central went one better in their National Top Club fourth round clash at Westcliff with a 3-2 win over Essex County.

Things did not look too hopeful when Kevin Fitzgerald lost the two-wood singles 16-9 to John Stewart, but in a battle of the big guns, this year’s county singles semi-finalist Mark Nullmeyers levelled things up by beating reigning champion Ed Morris 21-15.

In the fours, Central’s team of Len Welton, Jim Reynolds, Paul Woodford and skip Bob Druce were being given a torrid time and they conceded with the score at 26-5 to put Essex County in pole position to take the match.

However, Colin Foster, Russell Hughes and skip Mitch Brenner were in fine form in the triples and they brought the match level with a 16-8 victory to make it all down to the pairs to decide the winner.

Central’s Terry Lichkin and Paul Whellams were up against John Andrews and Steve Gunnell and with the pressure on it was the Wanstead boys who held their nerve to win 20-16 and earn a fifth round home tie with Ford Sports.

Slipping under the radar in recent weeks, Central have made some fine progress in the Tony Allcock Trophy, a national competition for mixed over-60s played as double fours.

On Friday morning at Nutter Lane they booked a place in round four by beating Harlow.

Jean Druce, Keith Lloyd, Maureen Norgate and Bob Druce won 25-14 and they were backed up by Len Welton’s team of Mo Welton, Janet Bird and Terry Lichkin who sneaked in 15-13 to clinch the match by 40-27. They will now entertain Wivenhoe in the next round.

On Saturday afternoon, Central were up against Wadham in the Foresters League and it proved a fine afternoon as they won on all four rinks for maximum points.

At Nutter Lane, Dave Peterson, Phil Fagelson and Steve Welsh got the wood rolling with a 21-11 win, while the other home rink of John McAndrew, Peter Shepherd and Len Welton won 19-12.

Away in Walthamstow there were comfortable wins for Yan Michael, Gerry Rose and Dave Baxter as well as Peter Norgate, Ken Spicer and Jim Reynolds.

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