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County Semis: Butcher boys show their potential at Westcliff

PUBLISHED: 16:30 18 July 2017

Jack and Charlie Butcher of Wanstead Central won the junior county pairs semi-final

Jack and Charlie Butcher of Wanstead Central won the junior county pairs semi-final

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It’s two out of three for Charlie as Jack remains unbeaten

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

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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