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Mitchinson faces showdown in county bowls singles

Steve Mitchinson (right) with last seasons triples winners Steve Mitchinson (right) with last seasons triples winners

Friday, June 20, 2014
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Romford bowler Steve Mitchinson is battling on three fronts in the county competitions at the moment and is still finding the time to play for England in the home internationals.

National singles champion in 2010, Mitchinson is looking to emulate that feat, but in Monday’s singles he comes face to face with current county champion Ed Morris from the Essex County club in Westcliff.

“He is a good, young bowler, the national pairs champion last year as well,” said Mitchinson.

“He is an attacking player who is full of confidence, but I have the advantage of being at home and that could make a difference.”

Mitchinson booked his place in the last 16 of the competition with a comfortable 21-15 win over fellow Romford bowler Trevor Sayer, where he got in front early on and controlled the match from there.

Morris will be a very different proposition though, while the Romford player knows there are only good bowlers left in the last 16.

“Andy Squire, who also won the national is still in it and very dangerous, while Mark Nullmeyers was the under-25 national champion the same year I won the senior title, so there are some very good bowlers left in it.”

Mitchinson is also in the last 16 of the pairs where he and partner Lee Chaplin will travel to Colchester on Tuesday to take on Arclight pair Malcolm Smith and Brian Whiteley.

“I haven’t played there for a long time so it is a bit into the unknown for that one,” said the 38-year-old. “I know Brian is a good bowler though so it will be tough.”

After surprisingly missing out on defending his county triples title, losing early on, he is still in the fours alongside, Chaplin,
Nigel Smith and Chris Bryan. They face another Romford pair, skipped by Steve Pickford tonight (Friday).

Add to that, Mitchinson is captain of the county’s Middleton Cup team who have won two out of two this summer and he will play for England in Leamington next weekend, making him a very busy bowler.

“There is an enthusiasm about our Middleton Cup team this season which means that anything is possible – we made the semis last year and this time we could go all the way.”

Mitchinson is looking to go all the way in an awful lot of competitions.

■ Meanwhile, Sue Wild of Rainham has booked her place at the nationals in Leamington after reaching the final of the county two-wood competition.

Wild blasted her way past Dee Huggins from Runwell Hospital 17-7 in her quarter-final at Great Baddow on Saturday, before having a tougher task against Carol Beesley of South Woodford in the semis.

She eventually came through by 17-12 and will now play Maureen Norgate of Wanstead Central in the final later in the summer.

Both finalists will represent Essex at Leamington.

June Linehan of Rainham and Gan Holmes of Clockhouse, both missed out on a place in the final of the four-wood singles.

Linehan had beaten
Alison Smart of Great
Baddow 21-12 in the last eight, while Holmes overcame Judith Wingar of West Mersea by a thumping 21-5, but things did not go well in the semis.

Linehan found Jacqui Swan of Rochford too hot to handle, going down 21-98, while Holmes lost out to holder Elaine Score from the United Services club, by 21-8.

Elm Park foursome Pat Taylor, Jean Hough, Carol Woolward and Jean Hough have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the
Essex Championships after a drama-drenched clash with a Rainham team led by Shirley Bell.

The match went all the way to the wire, but it was the Elm Park team that held their nerve to win by a whisker at 23-22.

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