South Woodford wins are a triumph for the little clubs
PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 September 2017
Trophies galore for the Elmhurst Gardens Club
South Woodford began the Group 5 Finals day in splendid fashion as they lifted the Seeley Trophy with an excellent win over Clementswood, writes Dave Evans.
The team won both triples as Bernie Wanger and his team of Bob Ainscow and Ray Morgan came out on top by a 24-11 margin and Brian Powell, Jim Boyce and skip Peter Barhan got home 19-15 to secure the match and the trophy.
Club captain Powell was delighted with the outcome and said: “I am very proud of the lads. We lost one of our bowlers this year in Frank Browning so we are dedicating this win to his memory.
“All six players did well and also praise to Dave Mulchinock who was on stand-by just in case, but it was the original six that started the competition that finished it off, which is great.”
South Woodford have had problems with Clementswood before, so Powell was happy to get the better of them on the day, adding: “It was a close game.
“Clementswood are a bit of a nemesis for us, they beat us in the final last year, so it is nice to get one back on them.
“It is my first year as captain, but it is not down to me, it is down to a good hard-working group of players.
“We are not the biggest club, but we are one of the friendliest and it is good to get a bit of recognition.”
South Woodford were also celebrating after being crowned as Ilford & District League champions after a battling win over Wanstead Central at Elmhurst Gardens on Saturday.
Peter Barham and his team of Mick Stubbings and Ray Morgan were in awesome form against Gerry Rose as they opened up a 20-5 lead by the 10th end.
They converted that into a 29-8 win to set the wood rolling, while the other two rinks proved to be much closer.
Brian Powell, Derek Ward and skip Bernie Wanger finished deadlock at 14-14 with Len Welton and his boys, while Jim Boyce and his team of Arthur Holt and Alan Bayliss managed the same score as South Woodford secured the title.
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