Matt Whyers has qualified for the finals of the World Bowls Championships – and has already set his sights on defeating one of the tournament favourites.
The Spalding Indoor Bowls Club member has been drawn to face Robert Paxton – who is ranked number four in the world – in the first round of the competition.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” said the Boston native. “If I play as well as I can then I believe I have every chance of winning the match.”
The event, which will be televised, will be held at the Potters Leisure resort, Great Yarmouth, in January.
Having played in televised matches before, Whyers – who regularly plays in the Boston Indoor Bowls League for Eastenders – says he won’t be put off by the cameras.
However, it will be his first time competing on a portable rink.
The surface will be specially created for the competition, and put in by Lincolnshire firm Dales.
“It will be a new experience for me, but I’m looking forward to it,” said the 25-year-old.
He booked his place in the main draw of the World Championships after successfully navigating tricky qualifying rounds.
Whyers will also compete in the doubles competition alongside Lincoln’s Danny Brown.
And confirming that good news always comes in threes, Whyers has also been invited to take part in trials for the England senior team, to be held in Melton Mowbray in December.