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Fast Eddie shows his skills to go through in county singles

PUBLISHED: 18:30 08 June 2018

Eddie Fancourt of Haynes Park  had an impressive win in the county singles

Eddie Fancourt of Haynes Park had an impressive win in the county singles

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It's Bolton v Nullmeyers in area semi-final

Mark Nullmeyers of Romford bowls clubMark Nullmeyers of Romford bowls club

Eddie Fancourt of Haynes Park put in a superb performance to book his place in the Area semi-finals of the county singles on Monday.

Fancourt had to travel to King’s Chase to take on Con Fleming in his own back yard, but it proved no obstacle to the Haynes Park man.

He got across the line with an impressive 21-6 victory which sets up a semi-final place in Area seven against another King’s Chase bowler in Mark Hodges.

This time Fancourt will be on home soil, though Hodges will be a formidable opponent after he beat Rainham’s Arthur Blackmore 21-17.

Richard Bolton of Romford Bowls ClubRichard Bolton of Romford Bowls Club

The other half of the draw sees an intriguing battle between experience and youth.

Romford’s Steve Pickford made his way through thanks to a 21-13 victory over Brentwood’s Geoff Byatt.

And that means he will take on youngster Danny Hughes in the Area semi.

Hughes caused a big shock last week by beating former National champion Steve Mitchinson and he was in fine form again on Monday when he overcame Craig Burgess by a 21-5 margin.

He will be a tough opponent for Pickford next Monday and he will need all his experience to get through.

In Area eight there is an intriguing battle to come after Richard Bolton fought his way through to the semi-finals.

Bolton put in an excellent display to dispatch Chris Morton by a whopping 21-9 and he will now take on Mark Nullmeyers in what looks to be a mouthwatering tie after he was given a bye.

The other half of the draw saw Keith Newberry of Brentwood make his way through to the semi-finals after a 21-9 win over Jamie Lambert of Harold Hill.

He will now take on another Harold Hill bowler in David Brewington, who aused the shock of the round with a dramatic 21-20 win over Nigel Smith of Romford to complete an excellent day’s action.

The next round is on Monday with the Area finals taking place the following week, before the last 16 brings all the area together.

With the likes of Mitchinson and Smith already out, there are some new names flying the flag for the area in the competition.

Current champion Steve Gunnell is still in there, as well as former winner Ed Morris.

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