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Nullmeyers survives a scare to make county semi-finals

08:37 03 July 2014

Wanstead Central v Romford at the Bowls National Top Club competition in Wanstead. Mark Nullmeyers for Wanstead Central

Wanstead Central v Romford at the Bowls National Top Club competition in Wanstead. Mark Nullmeyers for Wanstead Central

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Now it’s a showdown with former National champ Steve Mitchinson in the last four

Mark Nullmeyers dream of taking the Essex County Singles title is still alive, but he had to call on every ounce of reserve before overcoming the magnificently named Seaton Corby of the Kings Chase Club in Brentwood on Monday night.

The quarter-final clash looked like being a walk in the park at the RHP green in Chelmsford when the Wanstead Central bowler went into an 11-3 lead, but it didn’t turn out that way.

“I keep doing this and it not very professional and frustrating,” explained the 25-year-old.

“I get nicely in front and I think that the game is over and switch off and at this level you can’t afford to do that.”

You certainly can’t and the consistent Corby eased his way back into the match as Nullmeyers began to let his frustrations show.

“His woods were acting better on the green,” admitted the Central player. “When I pushed mine out wide, they didn’t want to come back, but if I was narrow they went flying wide.”

Corby actually took the lead at 15-14 and it served as a wake-up call for Nullmeyers who grabbed two on the next to go 16-15 up.

“I thought it was not going to be my day when I went behind,” he said. “I went out in the last 16 last year and the Area Final the year before, so I didn’t want to do that again.”

When the chips were down it was Nullmeyers who was to hold his nerve. Corby was still there at 18-17, but in the next two ends, the Central bowler got himself over the line at 21-17.

“It was a relief,” admitted Nullmeyers, who looked jaded by the time he came off the green. “Seaton played really well, but I should have played better.”

Next up is England international and former National champ Steve Mitchinson from the Romford club who Nullmeyers beat in the Top Club singles a couple of weeks ago.

“He is a very good player and I would rather not face him, but my dream is to play for England so to take his scalp would be very useful.

“Essex County is usually a good green to bowl on so it should be a good match.”

Former National winner Andy Squire from Maldon is in the other semi-final where he will take on Stuart Lowe of Springhouse in the semi-finals at Westcliff on July 12

Nullmeyers will also be in Westcliff for the semi-final of the county under-25 competition, the last time he will be enter the event.

He saw off the challenge of Charlie Butcher 21-8 in the quarter-finals and will now take on Mitchell House from Springhouse in the final four.

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