Matt hoping for repeat win after England call

Boston Bowls Club member Matt Whyers. ENGEMN00120140128123702
Boston Bowls Club member Matt Whyers. ENGEMN00120140128123702

Matt Whyers has set his sights on helping England retain their International Series crown.

The Boston bowls ace made his full international debut earlier this year as he helped his country claim the title following a close final contest against Scotland.

And after being selected for the team again, the 27-year-old is now preparing for next year’s championships in Wales, to be held in March.

“I’m pleased to be part of the team, it’s what I’ve been striving for really. It’s brilliant,” Matt said.

Matt, a member of both Boston and Spalding clubs, will once again be part of the same rink, skipped by World Pairs champion Robert Paxton, the current world number four, which won all three of their contests against Scotland, Wales and Ireland this year.

World number one Nicky Brett will also be part of the England squad.

“I’m in the same rink as a world champion and the world number one is also part of the team,” Matt added.

“To be around players like that is great, it’s a massive honour.

“I’m in the same rink as before so it’s nice to be playing with people you know.

“Hopefully, we can go on to win it again, that’s our aim.

“Three more wins would be nice.”

Matt booked his place in the England team after recent trials in Northampton.

He added: “I’m feeling more relaxed this time. Last year I was a new cap and didn’t know what to expect.

“There were a lot of good players there and some were unfortunate not to get in the team.

“I just have to make the most of my opportunity.”