Wanstead Central shine on wonderful finals day
PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 September 2014
Fabulous four final London Parks victories
Wanstead Central enjoyed yet another great day at the London Parks finals day at Elm Park on Saturday, winning all four of the finals they contested.
Len Welton, Peter Norgate, Terry Lichkin and Bob Druce beat Ford’s John Merritt, John Brady, Brian Pepper and Glyn Walls 18-11 in the fours to lift the Clarke Bowl.
And Central’s Steve Welsh saw off Dave Jarrold (St Chad’s) 21-17 to successfully defend the Secretaries singles title and keep hold of the Perfection Cup for another year.
Welsh teamed up with Lichkin in the afternoon to win the pairs title, as they beat the strong Ford duo Brady and Walls 22-16 with a fine display to claim the Prescott Bowl.
And that set up a grand finale in the Jackson Shield, where Central were up against their fierce rivals Ilford, in a rematch of the 2013 showpiece, which they had won by a 56-52 scoreline.
Ilford had generally held the upper hand between the two clubs this season – and had lifted the Essex Shield against Essex County – but Central won an enthralling contest by just one shot, as the match went down to the very last wood.
Central were indebted to the rink of Welton, Jim Reynolds, Mitch Brenner and Paul Whellams as they thrashed Simeon Madgewick’s quartet by a 33-14 margin.
It proved Central’s solitary success and was decisive as Colin Jones, Russell Hughes, Paco Rodriguez and Kevin Fitzgerland lost 22-12 to Bill Beney’s foursome to leave the match hinging on the final rink’s outcome.
Central’s Daniel Hughes, Colin Foster, Paul Woodford and Druce went into the last end trailing by six shots against Chris Granger and his men, which meant Ilford needed a four to win the match or three to force an extra end on all three rinks.
Fortunately for Central, their rivals could only manage a two on the final end which meant Wanstead took overall victory by a 59-58 margin to add yet more silverware to the club’s bulging trophy cabinet.
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