DAYLESFORD has claimed a much needed maiden win in the Ballarat District Bowls division one weekend pennant season, upsetting Mt Xavier in heavy conditions on Saturday.
The home side led from start to finish, defeating Mt Xavier 95 shots to 84 at home.
The win lifts Daylesford off the bottom of the ladder, where it is replaced by Mt Xavier, and justifies its position in division one after winning last year’s division two grand final.
With the exception of Ken Williams’ four, which lost to Mick Storey’s rink 14-30, Daylesford controlled the match from start to finish.
Pat Torpey’s rink set up the win, demolishing John Maher’s rink 31-14, Rod Callahan’s four defeated Beau Adam’s four 24-19 and David Hoare’s rink secured a win over Paul McGrath’s, 26-21.
Mt Xavier again fell just short, making it three close losses from its first four winless games.
“We were struggling a bit all day and were down by at least 10 shots at afternoon tea,” Mt Xavier selector Brian McKeegan said.
“Daylesford had the upper hand right from the start and stuck to their guns.”
In other matches Ballarat Memorial Sports put an end to a rampant City Oval’s unbeaten streak with a 95-87 victory and Central Wendouree walloped Smeaton 123-72.
Ballarat defeated Webbcona 123-119 and Learmonth found some form in beating Buninyong 101 shots to 95.