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Mighty Mitchinson helps England boys to British Isles International hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 July 2017

The victorious England team after the British Isles Championships in Belfast

The victorious England team after the British Isles Championships in Belfast

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Romford bowler Steve Mitchinson helped England to make it a hat-trick of wins in the British Isles International Series in Belfast last weekend with a sparkling performance.

Romford's Steve Mitchinson with the British Isles Shield after he helped England to victory Romford's Steve Mitchinson with the British Isles Shield after he helped England to victory

Experienced international Mitchinson played lead for his team as they completed three wins out of three, beating Wales, Ireland and then Scotland to lift the title.

“It was a great weekend and I am really proud to have been part of it for England,” said Steve on his return.

“It was the first time I had played in Belfast, but the green and the facilities were superb and the win made it all the more enjoyable.”

Mitchinson is a regular in the England side, playing his part in the last two victories, but this time things were slightly different for him.

“I was in a new team that had been put together and when we first started playing things were a bit ropey,” he admitted. “But we finally got into swing of things and in the end we worked well as a team.

“We were the only ones to win all our games which was great.”

Mitchinson and his boys began with a clash against the Welsh which saw them 9-1 down at one stage, before bouncing back to win it 20-16.

Hosts Ireland were next, but the team were finding their form now and went on to win 25-11 before the clash with Scotland.

“The captain came to us and said even though we had won two out of two and Scotland had lost both of their games, this was still going to be the hardest game we would play,” recalled Mitchinson.

“Matches against Scotland are always tough in any sport and this was no exception.”

It proved to be nip and tuck the whole afternoon, but Michinson and his boys got home by 25-16 to help the team to a six-shot victory overall to lift the crown again.

“It was great to win it for the third time in a row. It is so hard an achievement, nobody has done it since the early nineties, so it was wonderful to be a part of it.”

Mitchinson returns to county action on Friday when he is part of Romford’s fours team for their quarter-final clash.

The team of Mitchinson, Richard Bolton, Scott Reading and skip Nigel Smith take on a foursome from the Silver End club at Grays Town Bowls Club, looking for a place in the semi-finals at Westcliff on Saturdsay, July 15.

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