Top Ballina pair takes on the best

TWO of the Northern Rivers' best lawn bowl-ers, Kris Lehfeldt and Michael Anderson, will play together for the first time when the Summerland Pairs gets under way at the Ballina Bowling Club today.

Local knowledge will be on their side with Lehfeldt the Ballina Bowling Club bowls co-ordinator and Anderson the greenkeeper.

"We've played against each other for about 20 years and it seemed like a good time to team up," Lehfeldt said.

"It might work, but then again it might not."

Lehfeldt is a former Queensland representative while Anderson was the NSW Bowler of the Year in 2009 and won the $10,000 Summerland Singles last summer.

He returns after missing some events this year due to work and family commitments.

"The greens are looking good and being a local helps," he said.

"Pairs are good fun and I'll play in the singles again too."

Sixty-three clubs from Bundaberg to Sydney will be represented by bowlers who have played at state, national and world level.

Former world No 1 Kelvin Kerkow, former England international Steve Halmai and former Australian representative Ian Taylor are all back again.

"There is a lot of interest from bowlers in our own district too," Lehfeldt said.

"We have teams from East Lismore, South Lismore, Lismore Heights and Casino.

"David Ball and Gary Burt (Casino) have been a very good pair for years now."

Other local hopes include district pairs winners Scott Gibson and Josh Greenhalgh.

The event last summer was washed out for the first time in 46 years.

There will be two days of sectional play leading into the finals on Thursday.

The 2012 Summerland Singles will feature 64 bowlers and starts on Friday week.