BALLARAT has survived a major scare from Smeaton in the fifth round of the Ballarat District Bowls division one pennant season, scraping over the line by a solitary shot at home on Saturday.
Each side won two rinks for the match but it was Brett Forrest’s 35-12 victory over Robert McCrum’s four that proved to be the difference in Ballarat’s 102-101 win.
Smeaton held the upper hand for a majority of the match and held a 10-shot lead coming into the final five ends before Ballarat lifted across the board with an impressive team effort.
“I felt that surely we would have gotten over the line when it came down to the last few ends, but if you don’t make the most of your opportunities then you won’t come away with too many victories,” Smeaton skipper Bill Cosgrave said.
“We had a good day out there, it was our best performance away from home for the year and we didn’t go into the match expecting too much.
“We were very pleased with the efforts of Jim Taylor’s rink against Greg Brown’s, which was one of the reasons we were so close, and if we can maintain that standard for the rest of the year then we are going to cause some headaches.”
Taylor’s rink led for most of the match in its 28-29 loss to Brown, while Smeaton skippers Greg May and Bill Cosgrave both had success, with May’s rink defeating Nat Campbells four 29-23 while Cosgrave’s team beat Paul Ashmore’s 32-15.
In other matches, Buninyong secured a 106-87 win over BMS while Mt Xavier broke its win-less drought over Webbcona with a 94-90 victory.
City Oval held off a determined Daylesford by winning 91-85 and Central Wendouree trumped Learmonth 105-81.
LADDER: CENTRAL WENDOUREE 83 points, BALLARAT 66, CITY OVAL 60, BUNINYONG 58, BMS 50, Learmonth North 36, Daylesford 27, Webbcona 26, Mt Xavier 24, Smeaton 20.