Bowler left unbeaten in Euro qualifier

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A former Ibiza DJ who recently swapped beats for bowls in a bid to win Commonwealth gold has just missed out on European qualification despite going unbeaten.

In only his second official World Bowls Tour international tournament appearance since picking up bowls for the first time, Graham Poucher, 34, from Morley, took part in the European Masters Qualifiers at New Earswick, York.

And his performance raised a few eyebrows after he came through the four-man group stage unbeaten – winning and losing a set in each match – meaning he narrowly missed out on thequarter finals on points difference.

Graham said: “Being so new to the sport, it was an unbelievable feeling walking away from the qualifiers unbeaten, especially given the national and international standard of some of the opponents.

“That said, I’m disappointed because one more set would have seen me qualify for the quarter finals and who knows what happens after that.

“The only way for me and the team to eventually become the best, is to play against the best – we’re fast tracking ourselves through a sport that’s new to us all, but we bring experience from other fields to our game and a new take on it tactically and mentally.

“Hopefully, with a tonne of hard work, that will see us in with a chance of booking tickets to Oz come 2018!”

The qualifiers were an official World Bowls Tour tournament, meaning he has now earned six world ranking points.