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ilford upset holders in Jackson Shield

PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 June 2018

Ilford's Bill Beney

Ilford's Bill Beney

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Valentines Park proves tough for Wanstead Central boys

Valentines Park may have its problems with the green at the moment, but the mighty Ilford boys certainly know how to play on it.

Holders Wanstead Central were the visitors on Saturday morning for the London Parks Jackson Shield competition and it proved to be a thumping win for Ilford.

A very fast, tricky green courtesy of the club’s current issues with the watering system, greeted the two teams and it was Ilford who coped better.

Ilford started as underdogs as they were forced to play with one short after a late illness, but they still managed to open up an early lead.

Iain McConachie, Micky Richardson, Matt Frost and skip Bill Beney led the strong rink of Colin Jones, John Cook, Russell Hughes and skip Terry Lichkin by a wopping 16-2 after nine ends and things just got worse and worse as the match was conceded after 15 ends with the score at 25-2.

It was a similar story for Terry Hughes and his team of Steve Mackay, David Ward and Dave Betts who eased away from Moosa Patel, John Harwood, Ken Spicer and skip Paco Rodriguez to win by 20-8.

The one glimmer of hope came on runk three where Len Welton, Keith Lloyd, Colin Foster and skip Bob Druce got the better of the Ilford triple of Terry Ewart, Ian Scammell and skip Sim Madgewick in a game that finished in Central’s favour when the 25 per cent deduction for being a player short was calculated.

It was an emphatic win for Ilford though, who will now play the winners of the Romford v Barley game in the next round.

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