VICTORY: Ray Glasser beat former world number one Kelvin Kerkow 21-19 at Ballina yesterday.
VICTORY: Ray Glasser beat former world number one Kelvin Kerkow 21-19 at Ballina yesterday. Mitchell Craig

Glasser has his eyes on the prize

ALL eyes were on former world number one Kelvin Kerkow and Ray Glasser when they played each other on the second day of the Summerland Series at the Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club.

The pair are no strangers to each other with Glasser a previous winner of the $12,000 event in 2015.

Glasser still wears the same knee guard on his right leg that he wore when he beat Canadian international Ryan Bester 31-30 in the final two years ago.

He was too strong for Kerkow in the end pulling out a 21-19 win before the lunch break yesterday.

"The knee guard is just from all the wear and tear over the years,” Glasser said.

"Kelvin is always a tough nut to crack and we've played a lot of games against each other over the years.

"It would be a great thrill to win this one again and I remember it being a marathon finish when I won it.

"But my wife and I enjoy our time here and there is never a shortage of tournaments to play in.

"This is definitely one to look forward to at Ballina.”

Competition continues today and tomorrow with a quality list of bowlers having already advanced to the finals on Friday.

Evans Head bowler Luke Jones won his section while 13-year-old Jake Rynne also advanced.

He is the youngest to compete in the 58-year-history of the event while six-time winner Neil Burgess will also play Friday.

Talented Ballina junior Jono Davis is playing today along with Kit Conlan.

One half of the winning pairs combination Sean Ingham is also in the field with Bester.

Alstonville bowler Amanda Marron could join Gai Waitai who won her section on Monday.



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