Gavin is on top of the world

Gavin Ansari is heading for the World Cup
Gavin Ansari is heading for the World Cup

A bowler with Cumbernauld Indoor Bowling Club has been chosen as Scotland’s representative for the 2016 World Cup.

Gavin Ansari has been called up for the singles’ event which will be held at Warilla in New South Wales in March.

The 27-year-old’s selection capped a superb 2015 during which he made a major breakthrough by reaching the semi-finals of Bowls Scotland’s new Super Series competition in the summer.

Having qualified for the last 32 of the competition at Kelvingrove in Glasgow, Gavin was drawn against Paul Foster - and stunned the four-time world champion with a 21-18 win.

Gavin was the only unseeded player to reach the semis and was only beaten by 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Darren Burnett.

The 27-year-old, from Lenzie, plays indoors for Cumbernauld and will be using those matches in the coming weeks to help him prepare for his trip Down Under.

A clash with the World Bowls Tour indoor event means that some of Scotland’s top players are unavailable for the World Cup.

But for Gavin - a member of the Bowls Scotland High Performance Men’s Squad - that means an opportunity to test himself in a senior international.

He said: “I honestly thought being capped at Under 25 level would be the highlight of my bowling career, so when I received the phone call to confirm my selection, it was an unbelievable moment. To be called up for a full cap is massive.

“The Super Series provided a great platform for me to demonstrate that I can hold my own against top players.

“As a result, I will go into the World Cup with confidence knowing that regardless of my opponent, I have the resolve to deliver a strong performance.

“Competing in an international tournament will be a good learning experience, and an opportunity to test myself against some of the best players from around the world. I’m delighted to have been selected and really looking forward to it and to using the experience to develop my game.”