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It’s a lover-Lee day for star man Chaplin

PUBLISHED: 18:30 20 July 2018

Lee Chaplin of Wanstead Central

Lee Chaplin of Wanstead Central

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New Central bowler inspires victory in pairs and triples

Wanstead Central triples teamWanstead Central triples team

Wanstead Central bowler Lee Chaplin was celebrating at the weekend as he battled to victory with two impressive displays at Westcliff on Saturday.

The former Romford man, who moved to Central for the start of this summer, skipped the triples to a superb win over King’s Chase from Brentwood.

And then he turned lead to partner Charlie Butcher to an excellent victory in the pairs against a duo from host club Essex County.

In the triples he played with lead Mitch Brenner and James Rippey against an old team-mate of his in Jamie Holmes.

Charlie Butcher of Wanstead CentralCharlie Butcher of Wanstead Central

“It was a great game,” he said. “You know if you play Jamie you have to play well. Unfortunately we started slowly and we could have been a lot down against them.”

They did trail 7-4 at one point, but a high quality match was epitomised by one particular end.

King’s Chase had the shot until Chaplin trailed the jack into the ditch to hold two.

However, Holmes hit back to claim the shot, only for the Central man to take it off again.

“I got some good results with a couple of runners and all in all it was a great game.” said Chaplin.

“I’ve played with and against Jamie for the last 10 or 15 years. He is good for the county and one of the best we have got.”

In the end, Central got home by 19-14 and as well as booking their place in the nationals at Leamington, they will take on a team from Bournemouth Park in the county final.

There was also joy for Chaplin in the pairs as he and Charlie Butcher were far too strong for Essex County duo Richard Spriggs and Michael Coulson.

“I think we started a bit slowly, but we found some form for seven or eight ends and that was enough to get a healthy lead,” he added.

It certainly was. They went from 3-2 down to 12-3 up as Chaplin with his bendy crouch and rubber-legged delivery, hit form.

“I had a good eight or nine ends and if you can do that in the middle of a game that is usually good,” he said

“Charlie was there to back me up and we got 10 in front and that was it really. We were getting too many bowls in the head and they weren’t doing it.”

In the end the match was conceded with the score at 23-7 and they will now take on another Essex County duo in James Fuge and Ed Morris.

“The pressure is off when you get to the final,” said Chaplin. “We want to win, but we are already at Leamington.

“This is sort of like the final. You play two months to get to this stage and if you don’t win it is a waste of time.”

The pair have been formidable this season and perhaps Chaplin has been the inspiration.

“It is our first year together,” he said. “I am not much older than Chas, but I have been around for longer. We decided I would lead because we offered more that way round.”

They certainly did and they will be hoping to do the same again in the final.

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