Locals lead Essex bowls bid

PUBLISHED: 17:30 23 August 2013

Essex are chasing Middleton Cup glory at Worthing

Essex are chasing Middleton Cup glory at Worthing


Middleton Cup squad look to make history

Essex go on the hunt for their first Middleton Cup triumph in the competition’s 102-year history tomorrow (Saturday), but according to Elm Park’s Mark Nullmeyers they will definitely be the underdogs.

The county team have been in fine form this season, booking their place at Worthing for the last four with a superb victory over holders Norfolk in the quarter-finals.

But it will not be easy for the team in Worthing when they face Berkshire in the semi-final.

“Ourselves and Berkshire are probably the underdogs overall, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t win as underdogs,” said Nullmeyers as he prepared for the Saturday showdown.

“Devon and Cumbria are in the other semi-final and they will certainly be considered much stronger, but we are confident, we have Steve Mitchinson with us which is great and you never know what might happen.”

Devon and Cumbria have won the competition eight times between them since 2000 and have the experience to win again, but Essex do have a chance.

“I have drawn the toughest rink, but I have a really good team with me and hopefully we can do the business on the day,” said Nullmeyers.

The semi starts at 9.45am with the final scheduled for 2.30pm on the same day.

The Havering bowlers taking part aside from Nullmeyers are Andy Coultrop and John Tully of Elm Park, as well as Romford boys Mitchinson, Steve Pickford, Frank Abbott, Scott Reading and Chris Bryan, with Romford’s Lee Chaplin standing by as a travelling reserve for the match.

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