Holden shines on England debut

BOWLS: Felixstowe and Suffolk star Adrian Holden made a sparkling debut for England in the Home International Bowls Series at Worthing last night.Holden, who learned that he was to make his England debut when he heard the news from his illustrious club-mate John Rednall on Holden's 40th birthday, starred in England's biggest win of the day when he teamed up with Rednall in the rink skipped by Buckinghamshire's Kirk Smith – which stormed home 34-12 against former world indoor singles champion Jim Baker.

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FELIXSTOWE and Suffolk star Adrian Holden made a sparkling debut for England in the Home International Bowls Series at Worthing last night.

Holden, who learned that he was to make his England debut when he heard the news from his illustrious club-mate John Rednall on Holden's 40th birthday, starred in England's biggest win of the day when he teamed up with Rednall in the rink skipped by Buckinghamshire's Kirk Smith – which stormed home 34-12 against former world indoor singles champion Jim Baker.

That stunning success helped England demolish Ireland 134-96, collecting 18 of the 22 points at stake and boosting their hopes of retaining the title.


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Holden said later: "This season has been a dream come true. Last summer I was in the Suffolk team which won the England top-four title in this arena and that effort caught the selectors' eyes and gained me my first ever international trial.

"This was an exciting debut and I couldn't have played in a more skilful rink. Everyone played with such concentration and it was a great boost to me to be playing alongside John Rednall.

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"John and I play a lot together at club level and lining up with him in my first international settled me down ideally".

Rednall said: "I have known for some time that Adrian was an international class player and when he enjoyed such success with us in last summer's top four, I knew he was on his way into the international team.

"Today he has made the perfect start – showing absolutely no signs of nerves – and he can look forward to an excellent international career."

England's arch rivals Scotland made a successful start to their campaign, opening with a 139-108 blitz of the Channel Islands, collecting 19 of the 22 points on offer. Then the Scots snatched a last-gasp 106-105 victory over Wales, picking up another 18 points due to their success on four of the six rinks.

Today England face two crunch matches against Wales and Scotland as they try to hold on to the British title.

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