Super Smith still flying high in the county singles after big win over at King’s Chase
PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 June 2017
Romford bowler Nigel Smith only entered the county singles competition at the last minute, but he is beginning to see his chance of going all the way.
Smith last won this competition in the late eighties and has hardly entered since then, but he is back and a fine victory over Seaton Corby of the King’s Chase club in Brentwood on Monday night has put him in the last 16.
“It is never easy getting through our area and Seaton is a very good and experienced bowler,” said Nigel.
“But it is a lovely green over at King’s Chase, probably the best in the area and that does help the better bowlers I think. It was a really good match,” he said.
Smith won the match 21-13, his fifth win in the competition so far which included a win against former National champion, clubmate and partner in triples and fours Steve Mitchinson.
“It is never easy playing your friends, you seem to lack that killer instinct and it was hard, but on that day it was filthy weather and when the rain came I got the better of him,” he said.
Smith now plays Steve Gunnell of Bournemouth Park in the last 16 and he knows it won’t be easy.
“He is a very good player,” said Nigel. “I know it will be tough and though I am at home, this year that hasn’t been much of an advantage with out green.”
Smith is considering playing on a neutral green for the match, but if he were to come through, the draw is opening up in his favour.
“I think there is only myself and Ed Morris who are left in who are Middleton Cup players,” he said. “There are a lot of inexperienced players left who have not been this far before, so I have a chance, but these things can end very quickly.”
“It would be good to get to Westcliff again for the semis, we have been there a few times in triples and fours in recent years,” said Smith.
He may well be there in the singles as well.
Full draw: Mark James (Chelmsford) v Tom Plant (Essex County); Bill Nelson (Ford Sports) v D Hilson (Larsen); Dave Pegler (Drums) v Eric Ovel (Great Baddow); Nigel Smith (Ronford) v Steve Gunnell (Bournemouth Park); Conor Mathers v Jerry Quy (Aldersbrook); Martin Spencer (Braintree) v Albert Twells (Wivenhoe); D Scruby (South Benfleet & Canvey) v Ed Morris (Essex County); Stuart Lowe (The Springhouse) v Frank Cottee (Dunmow).