Essex County singles sees plenty of shocks and excitement
PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:41 30 May 2017
Lichkin sweeps Lockyer aside but can't go into round two
The Essex County Men’s Singles moved into full swing on Bank Holiday Monday as a whole host of first round games and even one second round match took to the greens for some intriguing matches.
Terry Lichkin of Wanstead Central was perhaps the most impressive performer of the day.
He stormed past the experienced Bob Lockyer from Wanstead in fine style, beating him 21-5 to go into the next round.
However, he is unable to take his place in round two allowing Bill Nelson of Ford Sports to make his way to round three unhindered after he dispatched Terry Ryan of Wanstead Central by 21-3.
It is a shame that they cannot meet as it would have been an excellent contest between the two.
Also through to round three is Central bowler Colin Jones.
He received a bye over Dave Paton of Aldersbrook in round one and so played his second round tie over at Plashet Park on Monday against the impressive Moosa Patel.
Patel had already dispatched former County finalist Mitch Brenner in round one, but this proved a game too far for him as Jones won 21-13 to go through.
George Warren of Phoenix also got a walkover, but will face a tough task in round two when he goes to Wanstead Central to take on Dave Baxter in what should be an excellent match.
Baxter made short work of Phil Fagelson as he eased to a 21-7 win, while there were two much closer games in Area 8.
Paul Whellams almost came unstuck against Ilford’s Iain McConachie as he let his form slip midway through the game, but he finally came through 21-16, while last week, Jerry Quy, who had a good run in the competition last season, surprised young Jack Butcher of Central, by beating him 21-19 at Nutter Lane.
He will now take on another Central bowler in James Rippey who had a walkover against John McAndrew, but did come through a preliminary round match.
John Harwood of Central completes the Area 8 line-up after he received a walkover against Neil Barley of Fords.
Into Area 9 and there was a slight surprise when veteran left-hander Len Welton rolled back the years with a battling win over Colin Foster, winning 21-18 and earning a second round tie against John Cook, who received a walkover against John Plunkett of Aldersbrook.
Charlie Butcher went one better than brother Jack as he sneaked home against Steve Waters of Ilford by 21-18 and he will play another youngster in Daniel Hughes in round two after he beat namesake Terry Hughes from Ilford 21-15.
Peter Cooper of Fords was in good form against Maurice Bitton, beating the former Clay Hall man 21-10 to earn him a second round tie with Mark Nullmeyers, who had a walkover win against Farook Patel of Plashet Park.
The second round is due to be played next Monday and the draws for our areas are:
Jerry Quy v James Rippey; John Harwood v Paul Whellams; Dave Baxter v George Warren; Peter Cooper v Mark Nullmeyers; Daniel Hughes v Charlie Butcher; Len Welton v John Cook.