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End of the road for Welton in Geoff Hatfield defence

PUBLISHED: 14:30 03 August 2017

Kevin Reid of Woodford Bowls Club knocked out Len Welton

Kevin Reid of Woodford Bowls Club knocked out Len Welton

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Semi-final line-ups confirmed in Group 5 competitions

Len Welton of Wanstead Central bowls club lost his Geoff Hatfield crownLen Welton of Wanstead Central bowls club lost his Geoff Hatfield crown

We have reached the semi-finals of both the Group 5 Geoff Hatfield Trophy and the Veterans Cup as we get close to the big finals day at Old Dagenham BC on September 3.

In the Geoff Hatfield singles, holder Len Welton bowed out of this season’s competition over at Woodford.

The Wanstead Central bowler beat Colin Jones in last year’s final, but while Jones marched into the semis, things did not go so well for Welton.

He took on Kevin Reid from Woodford who bounced back from his heavy defeat to Jerry Quy in the Churchill Cup Final the previous weekend, to beat Welton 21-15.

Bill Nelson of Ford Sports is through in the Geoff Hatfield TrophyBill Nelson of Ford Sports is through in the Geoff Hatfield Trophy

Jones of Wanstead Central still has a chance to take the crown this year after he won an excellent tussle with Ron Strutt of Ford Sports.

He got home by 21-16 and will now take on Reid in what promises to be a tight clash.

The other semi-final will have a familiar face in the shape of Bill Nelson of Ford Sports.

The veteran bowler missed out on a trip to Leamington at the weekend when he was narrowly beaten by Conor Mathers in the county singles third-place play-off.

George Warren of Phoenix is through in the Geoff Hatfield TrophyGeorge Warren of Phoenix is through in the Geoff Hatfield Trophy

But he bounced back by beating Brian Pepper by a thumping 21-7 to go through to the last four.

There he will meet another experienced singles player in George Warren of the Phoenix club.

The left-hander got the better of another Ford Sports bowler in Bill Parsons by 21-13.

The ties are to be played by Thursday, August 17.

Meanwhile, we have reached the same stage in the Veterans Cup for over-60 Unbadged players.

Terry Hardie made his case for the title with a thumping quarter-final victory over Del Master of Plashet Park.

He stormed to a 21-4 victory and will now take on Eddie Lynch of Hainault in the first semi-final match.

Lynch had a much tighter game against Jim Boyce of South Woodford, finally coming through 21-20 after Boyce had mounted a spirited comeback to level matters.

David Ward is also into the semi-final after he overcame Les Weedon of Clemtswood by 21-17. He will now face David Paton of Aldersbrook, who got the better of Brian Carter in his quarter-final by 21-19.

Those ties are to be played by August 14.

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