Jackson joy for Wanstead Central as they pummell Poplar
PUBLISHED: 15:30 14 September 2017
No stopping Central march to coveted trophy
Wanstead Central stormed to victory in the prestigious Jackson Shield Final with a dominant performance against Poplar at the weekend.
Poplar are a strong club, but they proved no match for a Wanstead Central team who won on all three rinks with plenty to spare.
It was nip and tuck for the first eight or nine ends, but then Central stepped up a gear to pull away on each of them.
Biggest winners on the day was Grant Aldridge’s team of Daniel Hughes, Colin Foster and Mark Nullmeyers who put Perry Cook and his boys in their place with a thumping 20-8 victory.
The rest were not far behind. Colin Jones, John Cook, Bob Druce and skip Kevin Fitzgerald won 22-12 against Tony Brooks, while completing the win was Paul Whellams and his team of Len Welton, Terry Lichkin and Jack Butcher who won25-15.
That gave them a win of 67-35 to give them the impressive trophy.
There was no other joy for Central on the day though as they lost their other two finals.
Terry Lichkin missed out in the champion of champions trophy to Bill Nelson of Ford Sports, while the fours team, of Keith Lloyd, Maurice Bitton, Mick Bird and skip Fitzgerald went down 21-15 to a team from North Greenwich.
There was better news for Central in the Ilford & District League Knockout Fours Final final at South Woodford.
The team of Lloyd, Jim Reynolds, Welton and skip Druce took on a Silverthorn team skipped by Ian Christey.
After an initial shower, the weather stayed mainly dry, with the sun breaking through by the 14th end on what was a high-quality match on a difficult rink.
Central finally took the initiative to open up a healthy lead and though Silverthorn won four of the last six ends, it was not enough as the match finished 17-15.
Meanwhile, Central youngster Charlie Butcher made an excellent start to his international career after appearing for England under-23s in the Home Internationals.
It was not a great weekend for England as they lost to both Scotland and Ireland, before overcoming Wales, but Butcher did win two of the three.
Playing at number three, he lost 22-13 to the Scots, but bounced back to beat Ireland 27-14 and then the Welsh 26-16.
However, England were third of the four countries.