England debut and a trophy

Matt Whyers. ENGEMN00120130219081413
Matt Whyers. ENGEMN00120130219081413

Matt Whyers marked his senior international bowls debut in style - helping England lift a coveted trophy.

And as well as winning the International Series, there was even more for the Boston bowler to celebrate as his rink won all three of their home nations contests.

“It was nice to win all three, but to win the series was the main thing,” he said.

Day one of action saw Whyers’ quartet defeat Ireland, with victory against Wales coming on the second day of action.

And with Ireland beating Scotland, the England side went into their final day of action knowing that the six rinks could afford to trail their opponents by an aggregate score of 17 shots and still be crowned champions.

With the action unfolding in Stanley, near Durham, the crowd was heavily made up of both English and Scottish supporters.

“I’ve never known an atmosphere like it,” Whyers added.

“It was a sell-out and it was the best atmosphere I’ve ever known.”

Once again, Whyers’ rink won their match.

Despite Scotland winning the contest, their aggregate lead of five points wasn’t enough to take the trophy from the England team.

After representing England at under 25s level, this was 26-year-old Whyers’ first full senior cap.

Now he has the bug and is aiming to earn another call-up following the next set of trials in November.