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Two Romford pairs make it through in county competition

PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 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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Reading and Abboit win war of attrition in last 16

Romford will have two dynamic duos in the quarter-finals of the county pairs competition after they marched on in the last 16 on Tuesday..

The clash between Romford’s Frank Abbott and Scott Reading and Andy Sales and Alix Rouse over at Saffron Walden proved to be a real war of attrition.

“It was tight all the way through,” said Reading.

“We always had our noses just in front, but we got one two and all the rest were ones.”

Abbott and Reading have been playing pairs together for years, but this is the first time they have battled their way to the quarter-finals.

“We sort of fell over the line in the end,” laughed the 46-year-old hospital administrator after they got home by just 12-10.

“We have been playing well and Frank has been good so you never know what can happen.”

It is off to a neutral green at the RHP Club in Chelmsford next Tuesday when they will take on Michael Coulson and R Spriggs of the Essex County Club for a place in the last four at Westcliff.

“It has been a good summer so far for Romford,” added Reading. “Steve Mitchinson and Nigel Smith are also through in the pairs and we have two in the singles.”

Mitchinson took on stepfather Eddie Smith and Fred Mitson from the Harlow club along with Smith in their last-16 match and they were always in charge on home turf at Romford.

They led all the way and in the end they got home by eight shots at 23-15 and will now take on Wanstead Central pair Jack Butcher and Paul Whellams in the last eight.

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