Acle’s England Under-25s bowls debutant Seabourne left gutted by Scotland’s brilliance

Daniel Seabourne, front row, left, faces the camera with his England Under-25 team-mates. Picture: S

Daniel Seabourne, front row, left, faces the camera with his England Under-25 team-mates. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Daniel Seabourne admits he was left disappointed by his England Under-25s debut – despite picking up two wins from his three matches.

Acle Indoor Bowling Club's 18-year-old sensation helped his country beat Wales and Ireland to finish runners-up at the four-team British 'international series' in Glasgow at the weekend.

But that more than encouraging first showing did little to satisfy Seabourne who, like the rest of his team-mates, were blown away by eventual champions Scotland in their opening match.

The teen, known as Spike, said: 'Although I was pleased our rink (four-man team skipped by Ryan Atkins) won two matches losing to Scotland sort of ruined the whole weekend.

'The way they played in that match, and against us, meant they were never going to lose any of their next two games. As a team we had gone there to try and win it but that result and performance was a real kick in the teeth if I'm honest.

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'The standard was so good that if you didn't play well enough it was hard to get good results. I know we beat Wales and Ireland but for me it's all about winning. And we didn't do that because Scotland won the trophy. I don't like losing, and especially not to them.

'I was disappointed with how I played because I know I could have done a lot better. But I feel everyone in the team could say the same. I still feel a bit down about it.'

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Seabourne's previous international appearance came in October, 2013, when he won the British Isles under-18 singles title in Dunfermline. Despite his evident annoyance at not helping his country land the ultimate prize, the teenager showed he belonged alongside his illustrious team-mates and opponents – some of whom were seven years his senior.

Seabourne led his rink as they lost 32-14 to the Scots (102-59 defeat for England) before they bounced back to dispose of Ireland (29-10, 102-62) and Wales (25-18, 99-60) to ensure the trip was not a complete write-off.

The hot-prospect's father Tony, who praised his son's sponsor Astro Communications from Dartford for their continued support, said: 'When he walked out wearing the England shirt it was a real hairs standing on the back of your neck moment. We will never forget it as a family.

'England were caught cold against Scotland but they would have had to have been right at the top of their game to stand a chance against a team that didn't even lose a rink all weekend. Daniel and the guys showed a lot of character to bounce back like they did.'

It's back to club action this week for Seabourne junior when he competes in the national fours area final at Acle.

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