County Semis: Mighty Mark books his place in two-wood final

PUBLISHED: 14:30 17 July 2017

Mark Nullmeyers (left) with triples partners Mitch Brenner and James Rippey

Mark Nullmeyers (left) with triples partners Mitch Brenner and James Rippey


But Rippey misses out as Nullmeyers will take on Ed Morris in final

mark Nullmeyers of Wanstead Central Bowls Club is into the county triples semismark Nullmeyers of Wanstead Central Bowls Club is into the county triples semis

Wanstead Central got their semi-final day off to an impressive start as their two qualifiers both swept through their last eight matches only for one of them to fall at the last hurdle.

Mark Nullmeyers and James Rippey had both come through qualifying day in fine style and they showed that form in the quarter-finals which kicked off the day at Westcliff.

Nullmeyers, sporting some fine pink trainers, was too strong for Loughton bowler Pat O’Gara as he opened up a 10-0 lead to have his opponent reeling.

“As soon as he put his two practice woods into the ditch I thought I was going to take the mat up and it just went on from there,” said the confident Central man.

“I was 5-0 up and rubbing my hands together.”

O’Gara did battle back by winning five ends on the trot, but the game was already all over bat the shouting and they shook hands at 18-7.

It was a similar story for Rippey in his battle with Karl Lodge of Silver End in his last eight match.

After losing the first end, he went into top gear and opened up a 10-1 lead of his own.

Lodge did hit back and reduced the arrears to 13-9 at one stage, but Rippey’s better consistency was the key and he held on for as 15-10 win.

Those games started at 9.30am and not long after 11, they were lining up for their semi-finals.

Rippey’s battle against county singles four-wood champion Ed Morris on his own green proved to be a high-quality one that saw the Central man match Morris for most of the match.

At 5-5 and 8-6 it really was anyone’s game, but in the end Morris held his nerve to win the match 15-7 and book his place in the final.

“Agaist Ed it was a really good game which could have gone either way,” said Rippey. “He drew well so he just about deserved to win.”

In the other semi-final, Nullmeyers took on his second Silver End bowler in Steve Dunn and it proved a close game early on.

Having gone 4-1 down, the Central man began to find his range and added 10 shots in winning the next seven ends to open up the lead.

There was no way back for Dunn and Nullmeyers finally got over the line for a thumping 19-5 win.

“The pace was completely different for the semi,” said Nullmeyers. “The other one was quicker so I decided to take the mat up going the quicker way and I knew I was taking one of his woods out of the game every end.”

It worked and that win means a final against his old rival in Ed Morris in two weeks time, again on Ed’s home green at Westcliff.

“We have had a little bit of a bet and threatened to play each other left-handed,” laughed the Central bowler. “Last time I played Ed here was in the Top Club and he desgtroyed me. I wasn’t in the right mood then, but this year I feel 100 per cent better.

“I do and I don’t fancy my chances. It is his home green and it depends on what rink you get.”

It should be a great final. Nullmeyers has won this title before and made it all the way to the National quarter-finals at Worthing so he will be hoping to emulate that this time round.

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