A GALASHIELS bowler will take to the green this weekend in a bid to bring the Home Nations crown back to Scotland.

Liam Nicholson has been selected to represent Scotland Under 25s in Essex.

The Scots face formidable opposition from England, Wales and Northern Ireland over two days of competition.

The 21-year-old engineering apprentice, who plays at the Gala Waverley club, has already collected an indoor cap this year.

But admits playing on the Essex greens will be a whole new ball game.

He said: "Apart from the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, this is as good as it gets.

"There will be a lot of really good young players in the other teams so it's going to be difficult.

"I've watched a few international matches in the past and the standard is excellent."

Liam was first introduced to bowls by dad, Ralph, when he was 13 years old.

Over the past eight years he's made steady progress to win several club and regional competitions.

As well as regularly qualifying for the national championships at Ayr, Liam was crowned Borders Champion of Champions last year.

He admits the guidance from many local players has helped him.

Liam added: "My dad had a couple of trials for Scotland a few years ago and he has a lot of experience to pass on.

"I've also been helped and encouraged by a lot of local players over the years, and I owe a lot of this first outdoor cap to them."

Liam will fly to Essex on Friday with the rest of the Scotland Under 25s team.

They will play the other home nations on Saturday and Sunday.