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By George! Warren is at it again in county singles

PUBLISHED: 08:30 06 June 2017

David Baxter and George Warren are still in the county unbadged singles event

David Baxter and George Warren are still in the county unbadged singles event

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Phoenix bowler George Warren claims another Wanstead Central scalp to march on

Phoenix Bowls Club star George Warren is marching on in the Essex County Singles after a superb, battling victory over Dave Baxter of Wanstead Central in Monday’s Area second round tie.

Warren, who lives in East Ham had to play over at Central, but he is used to that after winning games there last summer on his way to the quarter-finals of the prestigious competition.

He beat Baxter in last year’s competition and he came back to haunt him again in the rain at Nutter Lane to finally come through by 21-17.

It was a real rollercoaster of a match with Warren trailing 9-4, before bouncing back to lead 13-10, but then going behind 17-13 as the storm clouds gathered and the rain started to fall.

“I thought I was beaten at that point,” confessed left-hander Warren, who plays with the North Woolwich based Phoenix club.

“The rain meant I could not hold my woods properly and I just lost the grip. But once it stopped raining, David seemed to drop it short and fortunately I found it better than him in the end.”

He certainly did. 17-13 was reduced to 17-16 in three ends and then came the crucial moment as Warren picked up a four.

“I pulled it back to 17-16 and then when David dropped that four, suddenly his head went down a bit,” he said.

It was enough for Warren to squeeze over the line after an excellent match and he now makes a return trip to Nutter Lane with his granite grey woods next Monday to take on another Central player in Colin Jones.

So how does Warren rate his chances this year?

“I just take every game as it comes,” he said predictably. “People think a Phoenix Bowls Club player is going to be a pushover


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