Easy night for Nullmeyers as Hughes also battles through to last eight of county singles
PUBLISHED: 14:30 29 June 2018
Romford duo into quarter-finals
While many of the county singles games went to the wire on Monday – with one finishing 21-20 and three as 21-18 – for Romford’s Mark Nullmeyers it proved a relatively easy night, writes Dave Evans.
Playing on home ground at Romford against David Birch from Rayleigh, he once again started like an express train.
“I think the Romford green is the fastest I play on and I picked the fastest of all them,” revealed Nullmeyers.
“He had played at Haynes Park the previous night against a couple of our boys, but this was so much faster.”
Nullmeyers sprang into a 10-0 lead, helped by a splendid first end, adding: “I managed to trail the jack to score three on the first and that gave me a real boost.
“He came over and said if you are going to play like that I am not going to get any shots. I felt sorry for him at times, because he did play some good woods, but it didn’t quite go for him.”
In the end, the Romford man won 21-6 to book a quarter-final tie against Kevin Moore of the Radwinter club.
“I have played him a few times and I am confident of winning,” added Nullmeyers.
“He is a good player, especially at home, so a lot will depend on how the RHP green plays – it is not always the best.”
That game takes place on Monday at the Chelmsford-based club and Romford youngster Dan Hughes will also be there.
The 19-year-old, who has been brilliant during his run, had perhaps his toughest match against Peter Shermilt of the Silverthorn club, with Nullmeyers watching intently.
He said: “I stayed around to watch Dan’s match finish and we had a bit of Facebook Live for all the Romford boys to watch.
“He was 11 or 12-6 down and when I came over to watch it was 12-9. From then he turned into the Dan we have been seeing all the way through.”
It was close, but Hughes finally secured his place in the last eight by 21-18.
But the teenager now faces a huge task against former National champion Andy Squire, of Maldon.
“He is probably favourite for the whole thing, but it is all on the day,” said Nullmeyers.
“Dan has done brilliantly to get this far, but you never know.”
The quarter-final matches take place at the RHP club on Monday night.