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Wanstead Central man helps Essex top Balcomb Trophy

PUBLISHED: 15:30 31 August 2017

Essex won the Balcomb Trophy at the weekend with Charlie Butcher part of the team.

Essex won the Balcomb Trophy at the weekend with Charlie Butcher part of the team.

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Butcher in team that takes prestigious national competition

Wanstead Central bowler Charlie Butcher was part of the Essex team that stormed to victory in the prestigious Balcomb Trophy at the weekend.

The event is a inter-county double fours event and Essex had marched into the semi-finals at Leamington where they took on Berkshire on Sunday.

Butcher played three alongside James Fuge, Neil Jackson and skip Jamie Holmes, but it proved to be a tough day as their lead of 7-2 and then 11-6 was cut back by Berkshire.

In the end they were beaten 22-13 after failing to win any of the last five ends.

However, the other rink of Steve Mitchinson, Ray Bone, Sam Moss and Andy Squire won 27-17 to take the match by just a single shot at 40-39.

Later on the same day, Essex came face to face with the mighty Devon in the final.

Sam Tolchard was part of the Devon team, but Essex were not overawed by their illustrious opponents.

Butcher moved to two for this game as Ed Morris of Essex County was brought in as skip and it made all the difference.

The team won 23-11 and when the other rink held on for a 20-18 win, Essex were the champions.

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