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County Semis: Battling Bob rolls back the years in fours victory

PUBLISHED: 13:30 19 July 2017

Wanstead Central County Fours team Jack Butcher, Bob Druce, Paul Whellams and Charlie Butcher won their semi-final

Wanstead Central County Fours team Jack Butcher, Bob Druce, Paul Whellams and Charlie Butcher won their semi-final

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Wanstead Central’s county fours team got the better of hosts Essex County at Westcliff on Saturday

Wanstead Central Fours study the head during their semi-final clash with Essex CountyWanstead Central Fours study the head during their semi-final clash with Essex County

Central started superbly to lead the Essex County side skipped by Ed Morris by 5-0 and they always had their noses in front in some tight ends, where no-one had full control of the game or the green.

Druce summed up the match and the win by a score of 22-15 which was much tougher than the scorline suggested.

“It is absolutely great,” he said. “It is brilliant playing alongside these younger boys.

“It was a difficult rink, even they said they had never played on it before and we had a little bit of good fortune and we got through.”

At one stage the game was in the balance at 10-9, but it was the Central boys who stepped up a gear, opening up a 17-13 lead and finally seeing it home.

“The more you tried the harder it got,” said Bob, “but the boys played well.

“I thought I played all right on the green, I did a few good shots, but I think everyone, including Ed Morris found it tough out there.”

Bob and the team will now take on the Romford four in the final on July 29, but they are already heading to Leamington.

“I won the Essex Triples before and we went to the national, but got beaten fair and square,” said Bob. “It is nice to go back there and they are lovely players to play with.

“I am really pleased for the club that we got through.”

And Central are delighted to see Bob achieve such success.


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