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Wanstead Central denied in Nationals and the Albert Crabb

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 August 2017

Wanstead Central Cribb Triples League champs

Wanstead Central Cribb Triples League champs

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Close but no cigar for Central after Cribb Triples triumph

Wanstead Central Fours team missed out in the National Fours at LeamingtonWanstead Central Fours team missed out in the National Fours at Leamington

After the glory of retaining the Cribbs Triples trophy after beating Romford in the final at Aldersbrook last Wednesday, it was a case of close but no cigar this week for Wanstead Central.

The big match of the week came on Monday when Central’s fours team represented Essex in the National Finals at Leamington.

The team of Jack Butcher, Bob Druce, Paul Whellams and skip Charlie Butcher had finished as runners-up to Romford in the Essex Championships to earn their place in the finals.

And in Leamington they took on a team from the Kingscroft Club in Leicestershire in the opening round.

Maureen Norgate of Wanstead Central Bowls ClubMaureen Norgate of Wanstead Central Bowls Club

Central certainly gave a good account of themselves and could have won the match.

They led 10-3 early on, only to allow their opponents to hit back and lead 12-10.

In a nip and tuck game, Butcher and his boys led 16-14 and were holding five on the next end, only for the Leicester skip to kill the end.

That seemed to rock the Essex team and after going behind 18-16, they then dropped another four when the opposition trailed the jack.

In the end they went down 23-16, but it was a valiant effort from the Central team.

There was also agony for the Wanstead Central ladies, who were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Albert Crabb competition by just a single shot against Springhouse.

The competition is a home and away double fours competition and Central found themselves behind most of the way.

However, as the game reached its conclusion it became nerve-jangling and tight.

Trailing by six going into the last end, the home team of Cheryl Rayner, Eve Beaken, stand-in Carole Cook and skip Janice Fortune drew, after grabbing three shots.

Over at Springhouse, things looked good as Central were holding three and looking to force an extra end which would have been played at Nutter Lane.

However, the team of Brenda Jones, Chris Buck, Janet Bird and skip Maureen Norgate could only watch as one of them was taken out and Central were beaten by a single shot.

It is the second year on the trot that the team have been beaten in the semi-final.

Springhouse take on Arclight in the final after the Colchester side beat Rainham.

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