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Romford pair into county semis

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 July 2018

Nigel Smith and Steve Mitchinson of the Romford Bowls Club are through to the semis of the county pairs

Nigel Smith and Steve Mitchinson of the Romford Bowls Club are through to the semis of the county pairs

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Mitchinson and Smith negotiate poor green to go through

Frank Abbott and Scott Reading of Romford Bowls Club lost in the last eight of the county pairsFrank Abbott and Scott Reading of Romford Bowls Club lost in the last eight of the county pairs

It was one out of two for Romford in the county pairs quarter-finals on Tuesday at the RHP club in Chelmsford.

There was plenty of drama on some tricky greens as Steve Mitchinson and Nigel Smith took on Wanstead Central duo Jack Butcher and Paul Whellams in a game hampered by the green.

“It was very tricky and not really fit for this stage of the competition, but fortunately we found it just a little bit better than them,” said Mitchinson. “Jack and Paul didn’t deserve to lose on a green like that.”

The two pairs were neck and neck for a large part of the match and level at 13-13.

“I think on a green like this it is hard to build up heads and convert shots,” he said.

“It was tight, but we kept plodding away and picking up the ones and twos and it saw us over the line.”

One big end tipped the tie their way as Mitchinson and Smith won it 20-15.

The experienced pair have been in more semi-finals than they can count, but it is the first time they have made it into the last four of the pairs, where they face James Fuge and Ed Morris of Essex County on their home turf at Westcliff on July 14.

Romford’s Frank Abbott and Scott Reading had an off night against Richard Spriggs and Michael Coulson (Essex County).

After taking three shots on the first end, they didn’t score again in the next four ends and trailed 9-3.

They pulled it back to 14-10, but it the consistency of their opponents proved too much and Abbott and Reading conceded as they trailed 24-10.

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