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Super Smith storms into county pairs last 16

PUBLISHED: 08:30 22 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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Two Romford duos march on

Romford bowler Nigel Smith was the star of the show as he guided partner Steve Mitchinson into the last 16 of the county pairs on Tuesday.

It was never going to be an easy clash against fellow Romford duo Trevor Sayer and Mark Nullmeyers, but it was Smith who proved the difference.

Smith picked up a four on the opening end, only to drop a three on the next, but from that point, Mitchinson and Smith took control.

“Nigel was in superb form and his drawing was astonishingly accurate,” said Mitchinson.

“I don’t think anyone could have matched his performance for the first 10 ends.”

Nullmeyers conceded that Smith was unstoppable on the night, adding: “Nigel was on a different level. He stepped up and we had no chance against that sort of play.”

At 17-3 to the good, it was just a question of getting over the line, which they did with the score at 21-10.

They will be joined in the last 16 by another Romford duo in Frank Abbott and Scott Reading.

They had a tough battle against King’s Chase partnership Con Fleming and Adam Smith, but in the end home advantage may have been the difference.

They held a two-shot lead on the 20th end and then held four shots, which saw Fleming concede the match.

They will now travel to Saffron Walden to play Andy Sales and Alix Rouse in the last 16.

Mitchinson and Smith have been drawn at home to Eddie Smith of Harlow and his partner.

It will be a family affair for Mitchinson as Eddie is his stepfather!

Also in the last 16 is former Romford player Lee Chaplin. Now playing for Wanstead Central, he and his partner Charlie Butcher won their area final on Tuesday.

The last 16 games will take place next Tuesday.

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