WARRNAMBOOL bowler Neil Crisp remains in contention for Australian Open lawn bowls glory.
Crisp yesterday won his way into the last 16 of the singles after posting his third win in three days at Darebin International Sports Centre.
His latest triumph was an 11-10, 9-4 defeat of New South Wales squad member Ben Twist playing two sets of nine ends.
Other victories have come against NSW squad member Andrew Howie and Victorian David Fisher.
He will play Daniel Hill in a round-of-16 match today.
Crisp, 55, said he was “over the moon” about upstaging two state representatives in three days.
He said he was slowly adjusting to the slow grass greens at the Melbourne venue.
“I don’t bowl on grass at all down our way. I missed pennant on Saturday to come down and have a practise bowl to get more of a feel for the grass,” he said.
Crisp is the only Western District Bowls Division representative remaining in the Australian Open.
Warrnambool’s Kellie Bowles and City Colac’s Rebecca McMahon bowled out of the women’s pairs.
Bowles, McMahon and Grangeburn’s Robyn Thomassen are also out of the women’s triples.
Warrnambool’s Brian Lenehan, Paul O’Donnell and Mark Bowles lost their men’s triples match yesterday afternoon after winning their morning fixture.