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Romford dup still going strong in county pairs

PUBLISHED: 19:30 08 June 2018

Romford bowlers Nigel Smith, Steve Mitchinson and Scott Reading are all going strong in the county pairs

Romford bowlers Nigel Smith, Steve Mitchinson and Scott Reading are all going strong in the county pairs

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Mitchinson and Smith march past St Chads pair

Romford bowlers Steve Mitchinson and Nigel Smith may have bowed out of the county singles surprisingly early, but they are still marching together in the county pairs after an excellent win on Tuesday.

The duo travelled to St Chads to take on Dave Jarrold and his partner and they were always in charge.

They ran out winners by a 24-6 margin in the end and advance to the Area semi-final next Tuesday when they will be on home soil against King’s Chase pair Mark Hodges and Brian Payne.

They made their way through after a real thriller against father-and-son team David and Simon Brown of Liberty of Havering.

They had a fine run in the competition last summer, but their hopes were dashed on Tuesday when they were pipped 19-18.

The rest of the Area eight draw will see Mark Nullmeyers and Trevor Sayer of Romford take on another Romford team in Dave King and Russell Gurnett.

Nullmeyers earned a 20-16 victory against a team from King’s Chase to go through, while Gurnett overcame a Gidea Park pair by 26-10.

In Area seven, another Romford pairing of Frank Abbott and Scott Reading made their way through to the semi-finals with a 22-16 win over Steve Pickford and his partner.

They will now take on Mick Rigby’s Haynes Park team who overcame another Romford team in John Tully and partner 19-13.

Richard Bolton is still going strong in the singles, but lost out in the pairs where he went down 19-11 to Conway Fleming’s King’s Chase team.

They now face an all-King’s Chase clash after Jamie Holmes overcame Ray Bell’s Rainham team by 19-17.

The matches will take place next Tuesday.

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