Danny determined to bowl England selectors over

Rising-star Danny Smith.  Picture: Mick Young
Rising-star Danny Smith. Picture: Mick Young

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RISING-STAR Danny Smith is targeting England honours after bowling over his rivals with his potential.

The talented 15-year-old has seen his standing in the game rocket in recent weeks following several eye-catching performances.

And with an appearance at the National English Bowls Youth Development Scheme Championships in October to look forward to, Smith is on course to achieve his sporting ambitions.

The Victory player earned that right after winning the Hampshire area tournament in Basingstoke – followed by the south-east regional event in Horsham.

The Drayton teenger also progressed to the final of the Hampshire under-25 singles at the weekend, where he was eventually stopped by Ashley Nethercliff.

Smith put in a great effort to lose 21-18 after a two-hour battle.

By his own admission, that left him ‘exhausted’ but the Mayfield School pupil admitted he still has the drive to fulfil his goal of representing England.

‘The goal is to play for England one day and, hopefully, I have a good chance,’ said Smith, who was introduced to bowls by his grandad, Reg Wheavil, at the age of three.

‘I wasn’t too disappointed to lose in the final of the Hampshire singles as I was quite a lot down at one point and I’m happy enough with how I did.

‘I’m also excited to have qualified for the nationals but won’t be getting too nervous as I’ve still got plenty of time to practice.’