Some of the country’s top bowls stars competed in the Premier Threes Grand Final at Boston Indoor Bowls Club on Saturday, but it was a 16-year-old schoolboy from Acle in Norfolk who claimed the accolades.
Daniel Seabourne was the youngster who showed some of the old masters just how it is done.
As the players jostled for position in the group stages it became obvious that the stars were not going to have it all their own way, with local bowler Sandra McDonald taking the scalp of recent Boston Open runner up Danny Denison, and Scott Whyers, Wayne Phoenix, Mark Freemantle and Dave Allen winning their groups along with Greg Harlow, Nicky Brett, Andy Ware and Wayne Willgress.
In the last chance knockout round, Denison put out Las Gillett and Bex Field, formerly of Boston, beat Neil Smith.
In the last 32, four matches had to be decided with a one bowl shootout, Dave Allen beating Simon Reeson, Field beating Lea Blackham, Seabourne beating Ben Wilson and Scott Whyers beating Bunny Reeson to join Greg Harlow, Nicky Brett, Phil Last, Danny Denison and more in the last 16.
This was the point where the crowd started to notice the young spiky haired lad from Acle, as Seabourne beat Ladies World Matchplay Champion Field.
Allen carried on his good form, but it was the end of the road for Whyers and Phoenix.
The quarter-finals saw some close games with a very high quality of play, Phil Last, from Ipswich, beat Mark Roberts, from Beccles, 2-1, Seabourne beat Spalding’s Andy Dawson 2-1, Greg Harlow, from Ely, beat Newcastle’s Stephen Roberts 2-0 and his Ely teammate Brett put an end to Allen’s run, 2-1 in the tightest of them all.
A Harlow-Brett final was still a possibility and when Last drew Harlow and Seabourne drew Brett it looked probable.
Harlow eased past Last 2-0 but young Seabourne had different ideas, beating Brett 2-0.
In the final, Seabourne started as he finished his semi, claiming an impressive 2-0 victory and the £1,000 prize.