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Young Hughes shocks Picford to make county area final

PUBLISHED: 08:30 15 June 2018

Danny Hughes of Romford Bowls Club

Danny Hughes of Romford Bowls Club

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It's the final countdown in prestigious event

Mark Nullmeyers of Romford bowls clubMark Nullmeyers of Romford bowls club

We are down to area finals in the four-wood county singles and there promises to be two excellent clashes as players eye a place in the last 16 of the championships.

Youngster Danny Hughes is still going strong after he put in a splendid performance in the semi-finals on Monday.

Hughes, who switched from Wanstead Central to Romford for this summer, has shown it was a great move as he has marched his way through the championships.

He had already beaten former National champion Steve Mitchinson, before getting the better of another Romford bowler in Craig Burgess by a whopping 21-5.

That meant another huge test on Monday in the semis when he took on the hugely experienced Steve Pickford.

But it was an exam he passed with flying colours, winning 21-9 to make the area final where he will play Mark Hodges of the King’s Chase club in Brentwood.

Hodges was taking no prisoners in his semi-final clash against Eddie Fancourt of Haynes Park.

Despite being away from home, Hodges stormed through by a whopping 21-7.

The much anticipated area 10 battle between Romford’s Mark Nullmeyers and Richard Bolton proved to be a surprisingly one-sided affair.

Nullmeyers, fresh from his triumph in the two-wood competition, steamrollered his way to a 21-8 victory to make the area final.

The other match was a closer affair with Keith Newberry of Brentwood taking on David Brewington of the Harold Hill club.

Newberry finally came through 21-14 and will face Nullmeyers on Monday.

One thing worthy of note is that holder Steve Gunnell of Bournemouth Park is out of the competition after losing in his area semi.

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