Central Wendouree A has delivered a blow to its sister team's finals hopes in Monday's Ballarat District Bowls Division midweek pennant division one competition.
Centrals A scored in two rinks and drew the third on the way to a 81-51 victory over Centrals B at Central Wendouree yesterday.
The derby triumph has seen Centrals A stretch out its lead at the top of division one to 33 points but means Centrals B now has to win its remaining games and have one of Avenue or Smeaton lose both in order to play finals.
Jill Kenyon's team had a 23-all draw against Carleen Bowers. Heather Hopkinson's four had the better of Val Page's 34-8, while Kay Geddes's team had a 24-21 victory over Heather Snibson.
Smeaton boosted its finals chances with a 76-66 away win against Victoria. Helen Mizzeni's team won 37-17 against Glenis Ward and Elizabeth Cosgrove's four won 25-22 against Brenda Hughes and co. Ros Capuano earned two points for the Vics, defeating Esma Slater 27-14.
Avenue likewise picked up 14 points with a two rinks, 82-62 win against Creswick. Avenue's winning skippers were Glenys Kay (32-14 against Beth Huntley) and Marie Russell (26-23 against Judith Caddy). Jean Rhook scored two points for Creswick with a 25-24 shots triumph against Dot Cook's team.
A comfortable 77-51 victory over Mt Xavier at Fortune Street has Daylesford second on the division one premiership table. Jo Best (32-9 against Joy Adams) and Dot Bull (31-14 against Bev Squire) guided their teams to victory, while Carmel Mitchell's team scored for Mt Xavier with a 28-14 victory over Lois Voterakis.
In the closest match of the round, Webbcona had just one rink up but still scraped home 64-63 against Midlands. Jenny Shepherd's team was Webbcona's sole winner (23-19 against Jan Vincent's four) but that was enough for the home team, with Midlands' Sandra Grano (20-19 against Ann Gull) and Marie Phelan (24-22 against Jacki Hammond) unable to bridge the gap.