Charlie and Chaplin storm into county pairs semis

PUBLISHED: 14:30 06 July 2018

Paul Whellams and Jack Butcher of Wanstead Central lost in the quarter finals of the county pairs

Paul Whellams and Jack Butcher of Wanstead Central lost in the quarter finals of the county pairs


No joy for Jack and Whellams

Lee Chaplin of Wanstead CentralLee Chaplin of Wanstead Central

It proved to be a tough night on a difficult green for two Wanstead Central duos who had made it to the quarter-finals of the county pairs – but in the end one of the two made it through.

The Butcher brothers were both there, but with different partners and it was Charlie, paired with Lee Chaplin who booked their place at Westcliff for the semis.

It proved to be a close and tough match in the end against James Welsh and Clive Garroway of Chadwell St Mary at the RHP club in Chelmsford on Tuesday.

It didn’t look to be that tough as the Wanstead Central pairing started superbly to lead 7-0, but that did not last.

“I think we got a bit too comfortable to be honest,” said Charlie. “We started playing some silly shots and they just kept pegging back and back.

“They got to 7-7 and we pulled away again, then they got it back to 13-13 and we made it very hard on ourselves.”

Their plight was not helped by a troublesome green.

“It wasn’t an easy rink to play on,” added Charlie. “It was very heavy and the lines were awful. If I am honest it was the worst green I have played on all year.”

They went behind for the first time on the 19th end at 16-14 and were 16-15 down going into the final end.

It was there they found some inner strength, picked up two shots and sneaked through 17-16.

It was a tight call, but the pairing has worked well this summer with Chaplin arriving from Romford.

“He has been very important to me and improved my game a lot,” said Charlie. “He is very positive which has got me through.

“He has been a big boost for Wanstead Central. I think we have got our morale back and we are a much stronger club, even though we have lost three players.”

They will now take on Richard Spriggs and Michael Coulson of Essex County on their home green at Westcliff on July 14.

Central’s Jack Butcher and Paul Whellams had a marathon match against Romford’s Steve Mitchinson and Nigel Smith.

Left-hander Jack and the experienced Whellams matched their rivals on a very difficult greem not suited for this level of bowls and were level at 13-13 until the experience of their Romford opponents finally wore them down and they lost 20-15.

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