North Devon’s Dan Bowser looking forward to INAS Learning Disability Tri-Series with England
PUBLISHED: 13:34 10 July 2017
The series gets underway today, with Bowser representing England against South Africa in Cheshire.
Having travelled down under two years ago to represent his country at a major tournament, North Devon cricketer Dan Bowser is relishing the chance to do it all again on home soil.
Last month, Bowser was named among the 15-man England squad for the INAS Learning Disability Tri-Series, supported by NatWest, which begins today (Monday).
The tournament will see England take on Australia and South Africa in the 40 over and T20 format at club grounds across Cheshire, with the hosts starting their campaign against the latter at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club today.
Expectation levels with be high for the team with England having lifted the trophy on the two previous occasions in 2011 and 2015, and Bowser insists he will use every ounce of his last tri-series experience against the tournament’s newcomers South Africa.
“We know very little about South Africa, so that will be a real challenge, but I’m hoping it’s one we can counter and that we will be able to combat anything they throw at us,” he said.
“It’s really good to have another team in the competition and not have just two teams battling it out. Hopefully the South Africans will be just as friendly as the Australians.”
“I went to Australia in 2015 so it kind of helps that I’m knowing who we’re going to be playing against.
“I know Australia have changed their squad slightly but I don’t really mind who they bring or what talents they possess.”
With the added unknown entity of South Africa, Bowser knows it is a big challenge for England to secure their third successive tri-series title, but the North Devon player believes he is capable of dealing with the pressure.
“In quite a few of the teams that I’ve played in, I’ve always been chucked in to pressure situations,” he said.
“I’ve kind of just grown up and accepted that I’ll probably have to just score loads of runs and I thrive on that.
“I think there is a little bit of pressure on me, but it doesn’t feel like it’s there. It’s just a game of cricket at the end of the day.
“If you think that there’s loads of your pressure to do well, it might work against you. Whenever I go out to bat or field or to bowl or do whatever, I go out with a clear mind with a game plan and just try to stick to that plan as much as possible.”
And even after the tournament, Bowser has big plans to carry on doing the sport he loves.
He said: “I’m nearly 30 next year and I’d love to do at least one more tournament – and hopefully play in Brisbane in 2019.
“I’d love to play in that one, but if I feel that it’s the right time to stop, I’m not going to outstay my welcome, especially if there’s better players coming through, I’m not going to stand in their way.
“The best players should be playing for my country in my opinion.
“I would love to keep playing and go out on high terms, but for the progress of England learning disability cricket, I’d like to be pushed out by another player.
“I’d love it for someone to come in and start blazing 100’s.”
Despite suffering from short-term memory loss, Bowser urges others who have similar disabilities to give cricket a go, but believes having fun is the most important factor.
“If you’re enjoying something, you’re more likely to learn more,” he said.
“Don’t overthink the game. The game can be really complicated, but it’s only complicated in your head. If you want to start playing cricket, just make sure you enjoy it.
“I’ve wanted to give up for the past couple of years but over the last year and half I’ve just told myself you either give up, or you enjoy it.”
To find out more about disability cricket or to follow the England Learning Disability squad’s progress during the INAS Tri-Series,visit ecb.co.uk