County Semis: Butcher boys show their potential at Westcliff
PUBLISHED: 16:30 18 July 2017
It’s two out of three for Charlie as Jack remains unbeaten
The day didn’t start too well for Wanstead Central bowler Charlie Butcher but in the end it turned into something of a triumph as he collected two victories in the county semi-finals at Westcliff on Saturday.
The youngster, who has been selected for the England under-25 team for internationals in September, began his day in the semi-finals of the Junior Singles where he took on Ryan Mann of Silver End.
However, it didn’t go to plan and in the end he was beaten 21-12.
“The green was very tricky, rink 11 is always tough,” said Charlie. “It was just really hard and Ryan deserved to win, he just played a lot better than I did.
“I was holding two or three, but he was always just getting his last bowl in. This was the first time I have entered this competition in three years because I have always been on holiday so I could never make this stage.”
Butcher didn’t have long to reflect on that defeat as he then teamed up with younger brother Jack in the semis of the under-25 pairs.
They took on James Fuge of Essex County and Sam Moss of Great Baddow and showed what a powerful pair they are.
“I never thought we would lose it to be honest,” said Charlie. “We were always on top and I thought we played really well.”
From 9-8 in front, they stretched that lead by winning the next four ends to secure a 19-8 victory.
They will now take on Ben Commerford and Nick Sharp of Grays Town in the final with only the winners qualifying for Leamington.
And to round off a superb day for Butcher, he skipped the Central four to an excellent victory over hosts Essex County to book a place in the final and a place at Leamington.
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