Matt helps England to claim bowls triumph

Matt Whyers.
Matt Whyers.

Matt Whyers’ first taste of international bowls action saw him help guide England to a best of British tournament win.

The 24-year-old was part of the under 25s team which defeated Scotland, Wales and Ireland to win the home nations tourtnament in Newport, Wales, last weekend.

“I was a little bit nervous beforehand, but I was with the team as reserve last year so I knew what to expect,” Matt told The Standard.

“Once we got underway it was just business as usual.”

Matt, who plays for Eastenders in the Boston Indoor Bowls League, was one of England’s 16 representatives.

After helping the team defeat Ireland, he was ready for the daunting task of fierce rivals Scotland.

However, England beat their tough opponents by 20 shots - with Matt’s rink of four winning by a runaway 13 shots.

A comfortable victory over Wales followed as England won the round robin event.

After representing his country for the first time, Matt hopes he can continue to do so at senior level.

He has been invited to attend senior England trials later this year.

However, that is not the only event in his busy bowls schedule.

Matt will contest the national finals of the men’s singles and fours events at Nottingham at the end of March.

He has already won six rounds to reach the last 32, with the final rounds being contested around the Easter weekend.

But before that, there is the pressing matter of representing Lincolnshire in the national finals of the under 25s team competition against Kent this weekend.

Matt has also been buoyed by the support he has received from fellow members of the Boston club.

Boston Indoor Bowls Club will be hosting an open day on March 2.

Running from 10am-noon at the Rosebery Avenue venue, anyone aged eight and above is welcome to come and try out the sport.

Shoes and bowls will be available to borrow on the day and all comers are welcome.

For details call 01205 363156.