County Semis: Great Scott and nifty Nigel help Romford to win

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 July 2017

Romford's winning fours team at county championship semi finals Richard Bolton, Nigel Smith, Steve Mitchinson and Scott Reading

Romford's winning fours team at county championship semi finals Richard Bolton, Nigel Smith, Steve Mitchinson and Scott Reading


Foursome Romford boys overcome Silverthorn and the crowd in tense county fours battle

Bowls doesn’t get much more competitive than in the fours and Romford had to dig deep to overcome a powerful Silverthorn team in the county semi-final at Westcliff on Saturday.

It was a game that went backwards and forward, that had plenty of banter and lively support from the Silverthorn supporters, but in the end it was the Romford boys who came out on top.

“It was certainly tense,” said Romford skip Nigel Smith, who along with number three Scott Reading found the extra that was needed to get over the line.

“They played very well at the front end today and our front two struggled a little bit, but it is a team game and me and Scott played well at times.”

The Romford team of Steve Mitchinson, Richard Bolton, Reading and Smith started well and opened up a 5-1 lead, before dropping a five on the next to go behind.

Silvethorn lead Mark Banning had a fine game, as did skip Richard Haley and at 18-15 to the good, it seemed that they would go on to win.

But Romford hit back hard.

“It was a tight game and it have gone either way,” admitted Smith. “Three down with four to play, but we had a couple of big ends from Scott, we got a big five on the 19th which was the key.”

It was. It put Romford ahead by 20-18 and in a tense finish they held on to take the match 23-18.

“Scott played well in the second half for us, but our building of the heads was terrible,” said Nigel. “But I played some good bowls early doors and Scott played some good ones in the last four ends.

“They did have some nice support,” he added. “I don’t know where the Romford fans were, but we are in the final. It was a lovely green, it really is the Buckingham Palace of bowls here at Essex County.

“We still have a hard game in two weeks time and we are at Leamington as well, which is nice.”

In the final at Westcliff on July 29, they will take on a foursome from Wanstead Central for the county title.

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