Romford's Nullmeyers books place in county singles semi-finals
PUBLISHED: 16:30 06 July 2018
But it's the end of the road for gallant youngster Hughes
New Romford bowler Mark Nullmeyers will be flying the club flag in the four-wood county singles at Westcliff after storming past Kevin Moore of the Radwinter Club on Monday, writes Dave Evans.
It has been a remarkable season for Nullmeyers, who is also in the semi-final of the two-wood competition. Both take place at Westcliff on July 14.
For the Romford player it wasn’t quite the plain sailing it has been for him in previous rounds of this competition.
“The green wasn’t the best and getting used to it was difficult, compared to the one we play on at Romford,” he said.
“It was very tricky, very heavy and though the lines were there, they weren’t consistent.”
Unusually, he started slowly, but after levelling at 2-2, he moved up a gear and opened an 8-2 lead.
The next end proved to be pivotal as first Nullmeyers gifted the Radwinter man two shots by knocking out his own wood, but from his next delivery he took out Moore’s woods with a fine delivery.
“I think that was very important,” said Nullmeyers.
“I was trying too hard to get as many shots as I could and it went wrong, but I got it back to pick up a three and go 11-2 up.”
However, just like last week, he got to a certain score and then let Moore get back into the game.
“I lost confidence in the green I think and I was getting the wrong lines and weights for a while,” he admitted.
From 16-4 down, Moore pulled back four shots, but in the end Nullmeyers won it 21-14.
He will now face Kevin Fitzgerald from old club Wanstead Central and he is expecting a good match.
“He is a very good player, but a conservative one,” he said.
“He keeps himself to himself and though I will try to get on top to see if it upsets him, I very much doubt it will.”
It will be a busy day for him at Westcliff as he will also be in another event.
“I have the two-wood as well and somehow I have missed Andy Squire and Ed Morris in both,” he added.
“You have got to fancy your chances playing on the nicer greens. Westcliff is like a second home for me!”
Romford’s hopes of having two players in the semi-finals were dashed when youngster Dan Hughes was beaten by former National champion Andy Squire on Monday.
It was always going to be tough for the 19-year-old and, despite picking up a two on the opening end, he was soon under the cosh.
“I didn’t play as well as in previous rounds to be honest,” said teen Hughes, who lives in Collier Row.
“On the second end he put one in front of the jack and one right behind it, so there was not a lot I could do,” he added.
Squire opened up a 14-4 lead, but Hughes was still delivering some decent bowls.
“I set myself a goal to try and get to 10 and when you get there you try and build on that,” he said.
“The green was very heavy, but the lines were there and he just found them better than me. It wasn’t the green, it was the opposition, he was just too good.”
Hughes did reach his goal and was eventually beaten 21-11, but it has been a magnificent run for one so young.
“I have definitely learned a lot,” he said. “I’ve gained a lot of experience playing on different greens and against different people.
“I am not ashamed by this loss. I am looking to improve next year and hopefully reach the same stage and then push on.”
Few would bet against him doing just that.