Cook overcomes his demons to take the two-wood crown

PUBLISHED: 15:30 07 September 2017

John Cook of Wanstead Central won the two-wood

John Cook of Wanstead Central won the two-wood


But it is two defeats in a day for unlucky Jones

Colin Jones with his runner-up trophy from Geoff Hatfield singlesColin Jones with his runner-up trophy from Geoff Hatfield singles

Last year, Wanstead Central bowler John Cook was hammered on rink one at Old Dagenham in the final of the two-wood competition.

So he looked on in trepidation as his final against fellow Central man Colin Jones was allocated rink one once again.

“I didn’t think I was going to do it,” he admitted. “Colin had just come off the other game and I thought he was playing awesome.

“And then we were supposed to be on rink six and they moved us to one and I am thinking ‘oh no!”

Wanstead Central won the Cordell CupWanstead Central won the Cordell Cup

He needn’t have worried as in an excellent battle it was Cook who was crowned champion by 21-17.

“He started well, but I thought we pegged it pretty well all the way through,” he said.

“Myself and Colin have known each other for years. We were at Goodmayes together back in 2004, before he got taken away to Clay Hall and I came here to Old Dagenham.”

So what was the secret of this win?

“I took my time and swung it out if I could,” he explained. “I have learned over the last year exactly what my woods do and I learned that when I was thumped by Andy Squire in the county two-wood.

“I had a great game, but Colin played really well as well, so I am happy with that.”

For Jones it meant two defeats in one day as he also lost to Bill Nelson in the Geoff Hatfield Trophy.

“It is always going to be tough against Bill, especially when giving him a big lead,” he said.

“I came back, I am a battler and I am never going to throw in the towel.

“It was the same again in the two-wood, you have to be consistent in that and I probably wasn’t enough.

“In singles, I havent’ won won yet, but I am getting close.”

It can only be a matter of time for that, while both picked up trophies later in the day in Wanstead Central colours.

After a close start in the three fours, Cordell Cup against Aldersbrook, Central stepped up a few gears to run out impressive winners on all of them.

Most emphatic was Bob Druce and his team of Keith Lloyd, Phil Fagelson and Len Welton who overran Gary Burke, Paul Greenall, Joe Staggs and skip Gary Gray by a whopping 21-8.

The Butcher boys Jack and Charlie skipped the other two rinks to great effect.

Charlie was in superb form with his team of Gerry Rose, Maurice Bitton and John Cook to see them home by 23-11 against Jerry Quy and his team of John Plunkett, Martin Gallcher and Dave Ward.

While Jack led Colin Jones, Mick Bird and Ken Spicer home by 20-15 against Aldersbrook’s Brian Gediking, Dave White, Eddie Townsend and skip Steve Plastow.

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