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Nullmeyers in the pink after county two-wood victory

PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 August 2017

Mark Nullmeyers and Ed Morris before the two-wood county final at Westcliff

Mark Nullmeyers and Ed Morris before the two-wood county final at Westcliff

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Wanstead Central bowler Mark Nullmeyers is celebrating a dramatic victory over Ed Morris in the county final

Mark Nullmeyers with the county two-wood trophy Mark Nullmeyers with the county two-wood trophy

Wanstead Central bowler Mark Nullmeyers is on the way to Leamington for the National Finals as reigning Essex two-wood singles champion.

The pink-shoed bowler had an epic tussle with Ed Morris of host club Essex County in Westcliff on Saturday, before clinching the title for the second time.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “We were chatting about everything out there. The green wasn’t the best, but it was easy to lead on which is what you want in a two-wood game.”

Nullmeyers was the underdog for the match, but started superbly to lead 4-0 and then 10-3, but it is hard to keep a player like Morris down for long.

Mark Nullmeyers watches on as Ed Morris looks to see if he has rescued the match on the final end Mark Nullmeyers watches on as Ed Morris looks to see if he has rescued the match on the final end

“He won an end and lengthened the jack and it was getting a yard heavier with the rain and I was short with my first wood,” explained the Wanstead Central bowler as Morris moved into the lead at 13-12 with three ends to play.

“I thought, same old game against Ed, get in front and then lose at the end,” he smiled.

However, this time it was to be a different story as the turning point came on the next end.

“I think the next end was the turning point,” he said. “I was two down and I drew the shot to make it 13-13. I was in two minds, I was going to go for the bowl and even Ed said I bottled it.

“It was tempting, but I just felt comfortable drawing it.”

He did just that, pulled 14-13 ahead on the next and there was still more drama to come on the last end.

“We had a bit of a bet between us as he said I didn’t have the bottle to go for the jack with the first wood, but as soon as I delivered it, I knew it would be close,” he laughed.

“When the jack went out to the corner, I knew I was laughing.”

Nullmeyers made it 15-13 to take the crown and he now goes to Leamington to take on the best in the country.

“I got to the quarter-finals of this event when they were in Worthing. It is all down to the first game,” said the former Elm Park bowler.

“If you win that you have a chance, but you are travelling for two hours to play a 45-minute game and then you could be going home.

“I have got a decent draw, Gloucestershire, who are not known for their bowls, so we will see what happems.”

And what about those pink trainers and where was the pink hair-band he has been wearing this season.

“We have said it for years that we are behind Australia in howls and they started wearing pink trainers down there,” he explained.

“As soon as I saw them, I rang up Aero and asked if they had a pair and they sent me some.

“I like being different and the sport needs to be livened up because you are never going to bring new people into the sport when you are wearing the kit we usually wear.

“I did break my pink hair-band though, It snapped in my bowls bag though I don’t think that or the pink shoes are allowed in Leamington.”

Nullmeyers is certainly a confident bowler this summer, so what does he put that down to.

“I was talking about that to Mitch Brenner. Since I have gone back to my old bowls I have kind of got that old spark back which has been missing for two years.”

Watch out Leamington, Nullmeyers is coming!

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