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COME AND JOIN US IN 2021

Ilford and district league under way

Wanstead Centrals Ilford and District league fixtures got under way on Sunday with a game against local rivals Wanstead. Things did not go to well with Wanstead wining two rinks to Centrals one. The results on the rinks were as follows Central won 17-15, lost 10-19 lost 14-25

How ever there was some good news. A new bowler and member Alex made a winning debut for the club. Our illustrious captain advised that Alex played extremely well and looks like an up-and-coming prospect. That is more than can be said for the captain’s tea making abilities I am advised. More practice required Ken.   

WEEKLY RESULTS

The ladies competitive bowls got under way this week. In the Albert Shield the ladies had a resounding victory over Elm Park, They won on both rinks. They won 29-8 and 20-7. In the Foresters league the ladies once again had a fine win over a strong Buckhurst Hill team coming out victorious 24-12

In the mens leagues the teams performed well, In the Foresters league the men played Buckhurst Hill home and away, The teams playing away performed extremely well with both triples winning, 22-19 and 19-10.The teams at home found it far tougher with one team drawing 17 -17 and another loosing in a very close game 17-18. Central coming away with 7 points and Buckhurst Hill with 3

In the Cribb league both the A team and B team were in action . The A team in the Western Division won on 2 rinks and lost on 1against North Greenwich scores were 20-14 15-13 and 15-17. The B team played Central Park and just about came out on top winning one rink 24-11drawing on one rink 13-13 and loosing on another. The bonus point being won by Central by winning by a larger margin on our winning rink.

Mens Thursdays 4 Gets Under Way

The Mens Thursday 4 leagues got under way with all 4 Central teams in action. In league one the Wanstead Cental A team took on The Wanstead Central D team. As in all local derbies it was a hard fought game played in good spirit. The D team got off to a fast start but the experienced A team fought back strongly with the game going all the way to the last end with the A team coming out winners by a single shot.
Wanstead Central B team also had a similar game against Griffin. They also failed to get a result by a single shot
Results
Wanstead Central A 20 Wanstead Central D 19
Wanstead Central B16 Griffin 17
I do not have the result of the C team at Orford House.

Mens Competitive Bowls Begins

The mens competitive bowls season got under way on a cold and windy Tuesday evening with a Foresters fixture against Wanstead. Two triples away and two triples at home. They got the club off to a good start with both triples away at Wanstead winning and the rinks at home having mixed fortunes with one rink winning and one rink loosing.

Away Brian Powell rink won 21- 14 Peter Barhams rink won 35-15

Home Russell Hughs rink won 17-16 Mick Bird rink lost 11-26

League points Wanstead Central 8 Wanstead 2

Bowls is back at the Central

The opening drive took place yesterday at Nutter Lane. There was a good turn out of club members whilst following Covid rules. The drive was opened in the traditional manner with the club Mens Vice Captain and the Ladies Captain bowling the first bowl. Club Members then had short triples matches on four rinks. A good time was had by all. Please note that club captain Ken Spicer was absent due to having a prior engagement at Grays Bowls Club. His excuse being I didnt know the competition was being played over two weekends. Sadly he lost both his games on the day by 1 shot. Bad attitude Ken. Show us the money.

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

The National individual, pairs, and club competitions have now been drawn. For those of you who have entered these competitions you should have been notified of your opponent via email or text. You can view the draw on the Bowls England web site in there competitions portal.
Just to give you a heads up on the national inter club competitions. We have drawn the following clubs

MENS TOP CLUB PRELIMINARY ROUND
Wanstead Central V Woodford
If we win that we are then at home to Old Dagenham

WOMENS TOP CLUB
Wanstead Central V Essex County

MENS TWO FOURS
Wanstead Central A V Prittlewell
Wanstead Central B V Old Dagenham

The Tony Alcock has not been drawn yet



GOOD NEWS BOWLS IS BACK

After 29th March 2021 the Government has announced that organized outdoor sports are permitted as long as certain guide lines are followed. Bowls England have issued guidance to all clubs and it would seem that from 29/03/21 6 rinks of pairs or 3 rinks of triples with a rink between each match can be played. These guidelines may change as restrictions are eased on 12/04/21 and 17/05/21
I believe the OPENING DRIVE is due to take place on 24/04/21. Watch this space for details

County Competitions Entry Date Extended To 31/01/2021

The following statement was issued by the ECBA

So far, we have significantly fewer entries for 2021 than for 2020. A telephone poll taken from the players who entered in 2020, but have not yet entered for 2021,  has revealed that many of our members have concerns over the current Covid-19 crisis

A summary of what happened with the 2020 entries below

Singles, 2-wood Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Senior Fours, Junior Singles and Pairs entry monies were refunded to clubs and passed on to entrants

Secretaries, Benevolent and Unbadged Singles were played

North and South Essex Fours, Double Fours, Shield were not played, but entries are free in 2021

It is anticipated that a similar arrangement will be adopted for this years competitions, should they be cancelled 

So far, we have significantly fewer entries for 2021 than for 2020. A telephone poll taken from the players who entered in 2020, but have not yet entered for 2021,  has revealed that many of our members have concerns over the current Covid-19 crisis

A summary of what happened with the 2020 entries below

Singles, 2-wood Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Senior Fours, Junior Singles and Pairs entry monies were refunded to clubs and passed on to entrants

Secretaries, Benevolent and Unbadged Singles were played

North and South Essex Fours, Double Fours, Shield were not played, but entries are free in 2021

It is anticipated that a similar arrangement will be adopted for this years competitions, should they be cancelled 

With this is mind, we have extended the closing date for this year’s competitions until 31st January 2021 to allow the efficacy of the vaccination program to be more established which will give more players an opportunity to enter.

Anyone who has not entered and wishes to do so should enter by 31/01/2021. A how to do this is on a previous post in December 

County Competitions Reminder

Just a quick reminder to you all that the closing date for entries to Essex County Competitions 2021 is 31 December 2020. You have to enter via the competitions portal on the ECB web site. Details on how to enter are on a previous article. It is fairly easy to do.

Xmas Message from our Leader

Hello folks, I haven’t written for a long time as there has not been much to say. I hope you are all keeping well and safe and looking forward to Christmas, however different it may be, and hoping for better things in the New Year.Quite a few members have been busy at the Club lately ( at a social distance of course) improving it for 2021 – see attached photos. I hope you don’t mind if I don’t mention names, you know who you are, and I personally am very grateful for the time you have spent sprucing the place up. I think you’ll all agree they’ve done a great job.

As we now enter Tier 3, hopefully we have reached a peak so that next year we can start getting back to some kind of normality. Hopefully we will be able to hold all the usual Club comps but if not I have a few ideas for different competitions so we will still have a competitive club.Well that’s about it for now so once again thank you for all your support this year and I hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year. See you in 2021Ken (and Brenda)