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Women’s Top Club Win Shows The Men The Epping Way To Play

Within 24 hours of the Men’s loss in their Top Club competition the Ladies took on Epping in their equivalent.
The Ladies won three out of the four disciplines to book themselves a place in the next round on the infamous Bantham and Ongar artificial green next Saturday.

Men’s Top Club Bottoms Out

Ilford B.C. gave us a 4-1 thrashing. Enough said 🙁

National Men’s Double Fours – Episode 2

In the second of this weekend’s National double fours matches Central’s A team took on local rivals Ilford. Just a few weeks ago we were playing on the same side as a lot of their men during the indoor season, but there is always a healthy rivalry between our two clubs outdoors.

On this occasion Central took an early lead on both rinks and by half way we were very much in control and just had to avoid any slip ups. In some welcome sunshine the A team held their own and were compfortably ahead at the end as well.

Next opponents, Fords or South Woodford.

Hitched Codgers “The Birds”

Two stalwarts of the club celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by attending Peter’s infamous quiz night.

18262 days ago Janet and Mick Bird pledged to love, honour and answer trivia until a tie break question did them part.

Congratulations to them both.

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National Men’s Double Fours – Episode 1

It’s only three weeks into the season and already the serious fixtures are coming thick and fast.

Eight men from Brentwood BC paid a visit to Central on Saturday morning to vie with our double fours B team. Unfortunately the traffic, cold weather and threats of rain didn’t blunt their performance. Our boys kept in touch until the last third of the game when Brentwood stretched out a lead on one rink, and although the other rink had a chance to redress the balance in the closing ends, Brentwood ran out the winners.

However, the A team have the chance to make amends tomorrow.

2013 Season

The indoor season comes to a close and once again we take up the outdoors battle against the massed ranks of Essex’s bowlers, and against the elements of course.

Clock House call time on Ladies’ Top Club

Central’s ladies bowed out of the Top Club at the semi-final stage, losing 3-1 to Clock House BC

The singles, pairs and fours were all topsy-turvy games, with the lead changing hands several times. At one point all three of these matches were in Central’s favour.

First to finish was the singles, and although Lesley had the lead for the first half of the match her opponent gradually took control. First blood to Clock House.

Not long after Central took the pairs match with a strong finish and enough shot difference to compensate for the loss in the singles. One game apiece.

The Central triple never recovered from a big deficit at the start, which meant that the four had to win and do so by enough shots to gain an aggregate win over all. Despite Central being ahead in the middle of the match Clock House ran out winners of that rink as well.

The final score was 3-1 to Clock House

Clarke White Final

Eight of the regular Clarke White players journeyed to Connaught BC (despite attempts by the M25 to stop them) for a neutral green final clash with Halex BC.

Jim Reynold’s rink lead from early on all the way through the match. Unfortunately Colin Foster’s rink was unable to recover from being 11-1 down after four ends, and although they managed to claw back some of the defecit at times, that ten shot difference was still there after 21 ends and was too much for Jim’s rink to overturn.

Congratulations to Halex BC

Denton Two Wood

28 club members spent their Bank Holiday trying their best to out-bowl each other for the Denton Two Wood trophy.

The weather was generally kind for the morning round robin stages during which young Bill Whenman showed brilliant form.

After lunch the quarter finals, which included 5 men and 3 women, resulted in semi-finals between Colin Foster and Janet Bird, and Len Welton and Debbie Kenny. Both matches went to the last couple of ends, with Janet and Len winning through.

In the close final an aggressive wood by Len on the eighth end was the turning point and gave him a three shot lead. Then a two on the next end gave him an unassailable lead in the eleven end match.

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Worthing Watch : Thu 23rd AM

A ‘gaggle’ of Central members made the pilgrimage to the Mecca of bowls to support the three Essex competitors, and our own Mitch in particular who had been drawn against Mel Biggs of Wiltshire

Mitch got off to a good start, keeping pace with his opponent up until 4 all. A combination of good bowling, assisted by a little luck at times, meant that he stretched out to a 7-4, then a 11-5 and then a 13-5 lead. Biggs rallied and pulled back to 14-8 before Mitch regained the upper hand to reach 16-8 up.

Biggs now started to out-score Mitch and dragged himself back into the game at 16-11, 17-14 and 17-16 through a combination of longer jacks and a growing domination of the backhand in one direction.

By now the game had been going on for well over 90 minutes and most of the other rinks on green C had finished as well as many of the matches on the other greens. As a result there was now a significant crowd watching what was becoming a classic.

A few more ends and the score was 18 all. Biggs had the upper hand in the next end and was holding with just Mitch’s last wood to come. To the sound of cheers from all the Central supporters he trailed the jack to make two. He’s now 20-18 up.

Mitch then got a toucher with the first wood of the next end coming to rest just siz inches in front of the jack. Next came the wood that may have decided the game. Biggs drew shot and despite three attempts to remove it Mitch was unable to score on that end. Soon it was 20 all and on the final end Biggs was able to use the aforementioned backhand to pile on the pressure, Mitch unable to prevent him getting the single he needed to win.

The match had taken over two hours. Mitch had lost from a winning position, primarily because his opponent upped his game and pulled out a killer wood at the right time. But Mitch had done the same earlier in the game in similar situations. Honours even.

Biggs went on to win two more rounds only to lose in the semi-finals.

The other two Essex representatives Malcom Smith and Eric Ovel also lost in the first round, Ovel loosing to the eventual winner.

(below) Some of the 20 or so Central members look on as Mitch bowls