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National and county wins for Wanstead Central

PUBLISHED: 12:30 06 July 2018

Paul Woodford for Wanstead Central

Paul Woodford for Wanstead Central

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Wanstead Central continued their excellent recent form with victory on both the national and county stage in the last week.

They faced a tricky trip to Southend to take on Bournemouth Park in the third round of the National Double Fours and came home triumphant after winning on both rinks.

Central’s rink of Colin Jones, Russell Hughes, Kevin Fitzgerald and skip Charlie Butcher won by a comfortable 23-12.

And when James Rippey and his team of Terry Lichkin, Jack Butcher and Paul Whellams won their rink 20-16, Central had eased through 43-28.

They will now travel to take on Silverthorn in round four.

Meanwhile, Central got the better of Essex County in the first round of the county shield competition after winning three of the four rinks.

It was the two rinks over at Westcliff which proved key to the outcome.

Colin Foster, Steve Welsh, Paul Woodford and skip Charlie Butcher were in complete control as they won 31-11, while Lichkin, John Cook, Mitch Brenner and Paul Whellams edged home 19-16.

But back at Nutter Lane, things were much tighter as Len Welton, Bob Druce, Jack Butcher and skip Rippey somehow managed to drop an eight on the final end as they went down 27-23.

Jones, Paco Rodriguez, Highes and skip Fitzgerald struggled at times, but got home by a 20-16 margin to help the team take the match honours.

Central have also scraped through to the semi-final of the annual Jubilee Cup after they defeated Aldersbrook by just one shot after both teams won on their travels.

At home, Steve Minns, Gerry Rose, Derek Kendrick and skip Ken Spicer lost 28-18 against John Plunkett and his men.

However, on the other rink over at Aldersbrook, Druce and his team of Moosa Patel, Keith Lloyd and Welton got home 24-13 to see Central through 42-41 overall.

They will now meet Woodford in the last four of the event, which is played for by the five teams in the old London borough of Wanstead and Woodford.


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