City schoolboy Rhys Bean enjoyed a sparkling England debut at the weekend.
The 15 year-old Thomas Deacon Academy pupil returned from the Triple Crown tournament in Dublin with two silvers and a gold medal.
His gold came in the Under 16 team event where he joined forces with Oliver Spindley from Lincoln, Austin Taylor from London, Robert Abbott from Whitstable and Robbie Bowden from Uttoxeter to win by almost 200 pins from Scotland.
Scotland got the better of Bean in the doubles and trios though to deny him more gold medals.
They pipped him and Spindley by just three pins in the doubles and beat Bean, Spindley and Taylor by 40 pins in the trios.
Wales and Ireland were also involved in the tournament.
“I bowled extremely well and was well pleased with how it went,” said Bean.
“I finished with a 207 average from 20 games and in the doubles had a 692 series over three games. I also finished sixth overall.”
Bean is now looking forward to an England Under 19 qualifying tournament in Tolworth in a fortnight’s time where a good showing could put him on the road to the European Youth Championships in Iceland next April.