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Big defeat for Essex in Middleton Cup

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 July 2017

Essex Middleton Cup team

Essex Middleton Cup team

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Leicestershire proved too strong for the county boys at Essex County BC

Saturday proved to be something of a disaster for the Essex team as their hopes of progressing to the latter stages of the Middleton Cup were given a severe blow by rampant Leicestershire.

Playing on home ground at the Essex County Club in Westcliff, the team lost on fourof the six rinks, although they only lost overall by four shots in the end.

That was because of the impressive rink of Jason Burgess, Kevin Watkins, Ray Bone and skip Mark Christmas who stormed into a 16-4 lead by the end of the 10th end and won in the end by a superb 30-7.

Andy Squire and his team of Daniel Rodger, Russell Harmour and Sam Moss also won well, getting home by 22-16, but it was on the rinks populated by many of our own bowlers that the trouble really started.

Finding it hardest were Mark Nullmeyers of Wanstead Central and his team of Mark Hodges, Kevin Fitzgerald of Central and Jamie Holmes.

They found themselves 7-0 down early on and though they tried to rally a little, by the end it was 24-8 to the Leicester boys.

Ed Morris had two Wanstead Central boys in his team, namely Jack Butcher and Grant Aldridge, but along with lead Mark Banning of Silverthorn, they were beaten 20-15.

James Rippey of Central, who has made it into the county semis in the pairs and triples, did not fare so well as he and his team of Neil Jackson and Wanstead Central pair Charlie Butcher and Paul Whellams lost 19-11.

And there was no joy on the Romford rink of Steve Mitchinson, Frank Abbott and skip Nigel Smith, who along with Aaron Lyons of Essex County threw away a 15-3 lead, to go sown 21-17.

The result leaves Essex third of the four counties in the group table.

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