MIDLANDS has clawed its way back from the brink of defeat to force a draw with Smeaton in a memorable third round of the Ballarat District Bowls division one midweek pennant season.
Playing with a home-ground advantage, the Midlands bowlers let Smeaton out to a sizeable lead at half-time before finishing strongly in the last five ends to draw level with their opponents on 63 shots apiece.
Midlands skipper Alison Slee had a small chance to clinch a win on the last bowl of the day, but opted instead to play it safe share the points.
“We’re happy that Alison went for the safe option, because the chances of causing a loss were probably higher than the chances of winning,” Midlands skipper Jan Vincent said.
“We’ve now had two wins and a draw, so it’s fair to say that we’re quite happy with how the team is performing so far.”
Whilst down early in the match, Slee’s rink rallied bravely to defeat Smeaton bowler Helen Mizzeni’s four 25-20.
There were several close matches played out yesterday, with Mt Xavier defeating Central Wendouree’s B team 72-65 and Webbcona beating Daylesford
Meanwhile Central Wendouree A thrashed Sebastopol 88-46 and Avenue defeated Creswick 90-57.