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Rippey and Warren book their place in county singles first round

PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 May 2017

George Warren of Phoenix BC

George Warren of Phoenix BC

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We are all set for the first round on Bank Holiday Monday

James Rippey of Wanstead Central used his firing woods to great effectJames Rippey of Wanstead Central used his firing woods to great effect

We are all set for a Bank Holiday bonanza in the men’s county singles competition after the two preliminary round ties were completed on Monday night.

It is an open draw for the competition and so there were four quality players who had been picked out of the hat for the opening encounters of the prestigious trophy.

James Rippey of Wanstead Central, who has such a magnificent winter indoors, reaching the final of the National two-wood competition, was forced to travel to Plashet Park for a tricky tie againsr Bashir Patel.

But he proved to be equal to the task as he came through by 21-13 to book a first round tie with fellow Central player John McAndrew.

The other tie looked an intriguing clash between Ilford’s Sim Madgewick and George Warren of the Phoenix Club.

Warren had surprisingly battled his way into the quarter-finals of the county event last summer and it was him who came through in style at Valentines Park, winning 21-13.

He will now take on Gary Thomas in round one.

All the first round ties in Groups eight and nine are scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday, though with so many Wanstead Central players involved, some may have to be moved.

Full draw: Jack Butcher v Jerry Quy; James Rippey v John McAndrew; John Harwood v Neil Barley; Paul Whellams v Iain McConachie; Mitch Brenner v Moosa Patel; Colin Jones v Dave Paxton; Phil Fagelson v Dave Baxter; George Warren v Gary Thomas; Peter Cooper v Maurice Bitton; Mark Nullmeyers v Farook Patel; Daniel Hughes v Terry Hughes; Charlie Butcher v Steve Waters; Terry Lichkin v Bob Lockyer; Terry Ryan v Bill Nelson; Colin Foster v Len Welton; John Cook v John Plunkett.

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