BOWLS: Central Wendouree B back to form in big thriller

CENTRAL Wendouree’s B side has returned to form in the Ballarat District Bowls division one midweek pennant season, knocking off Avenue in a thriller away from home yesterday.

The 69-68 win was set up by a superb effort from Heather Snibson’s rink, which put a beat-down on Marie Russell’s team in tricky conditions in the first match back from the Christmas break.

“We’re thrilled that we beat them down there in the wind on the carpet,” Central Wendouree ladies president Carleen Bowers said.

“Heather Snibson’s rink played really well and probably won us the match in the end while our other two rinks managed to hang in there and remain competitive.”

Snibson’s 27-14 win over Russell was the deciding factor in the match, with the two other Central Wendouree skippers failing to fire against their Avenue counterpars.

Bower’s rink suffered a 27-18 loss to Doreen Connell, while Val Page’s four went down in a close tussle to Glenys Kay’s team, 27-24.

The loss was a bitter blow for the third-placed Avenue, which missed out on a chance to steal second spot from Smeaton.

Central Wendouree’s B side remains on the bottom of the ladder, but is now 15 points and 20 shots behind ninth-placed Webbcona.

In other division one matches Smeaton defeated Mt Xavier 101-51, Midlands beat Webbcona 84-53 and Sebastopol fell over the line against Daylesford 67-66.

LADDER: SEBASTOPOL 134 points + 47 shots, SMEATON 127 + 59, AVENUE 120 + 133, CENTRAL WENDOUREE A 117 + 84, Daylesford 110 + 36, Creswick 109 + 26, Midlands 107 + 39, Mt Xavier 85 - 110, Webbcona 73 -167, Central Wendouree B 58 - 147.

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