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Brown boys bow out in county pairs quarter-finals

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 July 2017

Simon and Dave Brown of Liberty of Havering Club

Simon and Dave Brown of Liberty of Havering Club

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End of a superb run by Liberty of Havering pairing

Having claimed the scalps of three powerful Romford teams as well as opponents from Kings Chase and Southminster, the superb run of father and son Dave and Simon Brown in the county pairs finally came to an end on Tuesday night.

Playing against Buckhurst Hill pair Mac Magudia and substitute Peter Tuff at the RHP Club in Chelmsford the quarter-final proved a game too far for the Liberty of Havering boys as they found the going in the middle of the match a hard one.

“Things did not work at all for me,” admitted Dad Dave after their 28-22 defeat. “I just could not find the weight early on and we let the game get away from us and once it did, it was always going to be hard to get back into it.”

The Browns had got ahead by 5-3 and then 7-6 in the early ends, but it was at that point that the Buckhurst Hill boys took charge.

“They did bowl well, especially in the middle of the game,” admitted son Simon. “They won four ends on the trot and got seven shots and that was the crucial part of the game.”

It was as that lead evaporated and the Browns found themselves 16-7 behind as their opponents gained in confidence.

Even when the Liberty boys were able to get to the jack, it was often taken off by stand-in skip Tuff who had a fine game, helping his team to some big scores.

A clearly frustrated Simon was not happy with the way he played: “I didn’t play as well as I have done, but this was the first time we have ever bowled here so it was always a bit tricky getting to grips with a new green,” he said.

“They bowled better than we did so you have just bgot to hold your hands up and say well done to them.”

The Browns were 26-13 down at one stage, but did rally, picking up a five-count to take them into the last end before they finally shook hands at 28-22.

It was the end of a long and excellent run for the boys.

“We are well pleased,” said Simon. “It is the first time we have ever gone into it and so to get through the Area and put out all the Romford boys was quite sweet.”

Simon is the current Havering Indoor bowls champ and he obviously plays well with his Dad as Dave corroborated.

“I like it when Simon skips because he can be quite lethal with a running bowl, while I like to lead,” said Dave. “We are always playing together, indoors and out.”

So is it a partnership that works? Simon nods.

“There is the odd little occasion where we don’t see eye to eye, but we don’t let it affect us on the green,” said Simon.

“It has been a good run this year, but now we will have to wait until next year.”

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