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Superb double ensures Jack’s the lad for Fords

PUBLISHED: 08:30 05 September 2014

Jack Butcher of Ford Sports with the Hatfield Trophy

Jack Butcher of Ford Sports with the Hatfield Trophy

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Butcher raises the Ford Sports flag aloft

Keith Riley - Hatfield Tropht runner-up (Pictures by Tom Titmarsh)Keith Riley - Hatfield Tropht runner-up (Pictures by Tom Titmarsh)

While brothers Charlie and George were battling it out in the final of the Unbadged Double Fours at the far end of the Wanstead green on Sunday, it was Jack Butcher who was raising the Ford Sports flag aloft with two splendid trophies to his name at the Group 5 Finals.

The youngster was in splendid form as he beat Steve Welsh of Wanstead Central in the Two-Wood singles, the first match to finish on finals day, and he followed it up with victory over Group 5 Chairman Keith Riley in the Hatfield Trophy.

Butcher built up a healthy lead in his battle with Welsh, going 9-1 up before the Central man could find some form.

But he was always playing catch-up and was eventually beaten by 21-13.

“I was pleased, but it was just a shame that I couldn’t finish him off earlier,” said Butcher.

“I had a wood to draw in for game, but I didn’t quite manage it – it was horrible.”

In the end, Butcher had more than enough to get home and was always confident of seeing it out.

“I started well and thought it might be a fairly easy day. I played him a couple of years ago and it was a similar story,” he said. “He came back at me, but I just managed to pull away again.”

Having found the green to his liking in the morning he then took on Riley in the afternoon with a similar result.

Riley, who entertained the crowd with some witty repartee during the match in Harry Worth-style, had a battle with keeping his glasses on as much as with young Butcher.

At one point, his upside down glasses were tied with an elastic band to keep them on his head which seemed to help.

Riley did deliver some excellent woods along the way, but it was the better consistency of young Butcher which was to take it’s toll on the senior man.

Trailing by just 9-7 at one point, he then dropped a four on the next and was always playing catch-up from there. In the end he simply ran out of steam and Butcher collected his second trophy with a 21-13 victory.

■ Meanwhile, Ford Sports duo Bill Nelson and Charlie Butcher are into the semi-finals of the Eastern Counties Pairs after an excellent 24-13 win over Andrew Briden and Danny Macro from Hertfordshire in the last eight.

They will now face a team from Cambridgeshire.


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