Willcocks marches on in Waur Trophy

PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 July 2018

Mark Willcocks of Woodford Bowls Club

Mark Willcocks of Woodford Bowls Club


Big turnaround in Woodford’s clashes against Wanstead Central

A week is a long time in the world of bowls as Woodford found out to their cost against Wanstead Central.

Last week they had easily swept aside Central in the Walthamstow Thursday Fours and they were hoping to repeat the dose in the Redbridge Afternoon League last Monday.

However, the Nutter Lane club had other ideas and handed out a bowls lesson on both rinks.

Keith Taylor’s team of Jeff Smith, Phil Pearce and Mervyn Gilbert found themselves 16 shots down after 10 ends against Steve Welsh and his team and ended up losing 37-12.

On the other rink, Peter Bradley, Steve Glover, Ken Cox and skip Bruce Harrison went were well beaten 22-11.

Things went better in their latest Cribb Triples League clash when they grabbed all seven points against Aldersbrook.

John Sandell and his team of Bill Bateman and Roger Farndon came with a late rally to win 18-12, while Harrison, Smith and skip Rob Kay prevailed 15-9 in a tight contest.

To round things off, Kevin Reid and his team of Alex Mair and Dave Howell scraped home 13-13.

The Walthamstow Thursday Fours is proving to be a bit problematic for Woodford who fielded five of their six teams in the various divisions, all of whom lost.

The most telling result was at Buckhurst Hill D where the home side scored five shots on the last end to edge past Woodford’s E squad, which had not tasted defeat since the opening day of the season.

Meanwhile Woodford’s promising bowler Mark Willcocks, in only his second year of competitive bowls, is showing impressive form in the Group 5 Waur Trophy.

He comfortably defeated Ilford’s Bob Taylor 21-7 in the second round and is going into people’s notebooks as one to follow.

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