DAYLESFORD has established itself as a genuine premiership contender in the Ballarat District Bowls Division midweek pennant season, dealing Central Wendouree’s A side another blow as the run into finals begins.
The visiting side put on a stellar display to win 72-59 and edge into fourth place, ahead of fellow contender Avenue.
Daylesford won two out of three rinks for the match, with skippers Dot Bull and Liz Wigmore making up for the heavy loss of Lois Voterakis’ rink, which went down to Central Wendouree skipper Kay Geddes’ four 23-12.
Bull’s team scored a 26-15 win over Jill Kenyon’s four, while Wigmore’s rink put in an emphatic performance to defeat Heather Hopkinson’s four 34-21.
While Daylesford now sits in fourth place, Central Wendouree’s A side has slipped down to sixth place and in danger of missing finals.
In other matches, ladder leader Sebastopol scored an important 83-51 win over Midlands to ensure that it remains seven points and six shots clear of Smeaton, which defeated Avenue 83-69.
Central Wendouree’s B side failed to continue its winning ways, falling 28 points short of Creswick with a 71-43 loss, while eighth-placed Webbcona edged closer to Mt Xavier (seventh) by beating it 71-67.
With yesterday’s completion of round 14 there are just four weeks left in the home-and-away midweek season, with semi-finals set to commence on February 17.
LADDER: SEBASTOPOL 148 points + 79 shots, SMEATON 141 + 73, CRESWICK 125 + 54, DAYLESFORD 124 + 49, Avenue 122 + 119, Central Wendouree A 119 + 71, Midlands 109 + 7, Mt Xavier 89 - 114.75, Webbcona 85 - 162.25, Central Wendouree B 58 - 175.