Pressure mounts on Central Wendouree as finals draw near

CONCENTRATION: Shayne Bottrell is pictured in action for Sebastopol during Saturday's contest against Webbcona, which his side won by 29 shots overall.

CONCENTRATION: Shayne Bottrell is pictured in action for Sebastopol during Saturday's contest against Webbcona, which his side won by 29 shots overall.

A week after going down in a top-of-the-table encounter against Ballarat East, Central Wendouree has suffered another blow to its finals prospects.

NICE STYLE: Webbcona player Chris Steenhuis rolls one down during Saturday's Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls clash against Sebastopol. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

NICE STYLE: Webbcona player Chris Steenhuis rolls one down during Saturday's Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls clash against Sebastopol. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

The Bears, which lost to Mt Xavier on Saturday, are now just teetering inside the division one weekend pennant bowls top four.

Central Wendouree picked up just three points from the encounter, which Mt Xavier won 97-86 away from home.

LOSING DAY: Rod Barton and his Webbcona outfit were unable to claim victory at Sebastopol and remain in the Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls relegation zone.

LOSING DAY: Rod Barton and his Webbcona outfit were unable to claim victory at Sebastopol and remain in the Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls relegation zone.

Chis McDonald’s rink had the biggest say in the result, winning by 22 shots.

The Bears are only a solitary point clear in fourth spot, just ahead of Buninyong, which they face in the coming weeks.

Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald

Saturday’s result is also a massive one for Mt Xavier, which has boosted its late bid for finals.

The side has closed the gap on fourth-placed Central Wendouree to just 10 points and will fancy its chances of climbing into the finals bracket with three of the last four home and away games against teams outside the top four.

GOOD WIN: Craig Ford led his rink to victory to help Victoria claim an important success against Ocean Grove in Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls on Saturday.

GOOD WIN: Craig Ford led his rink to victory to help Victoria claim an important success against Ocean Grove in Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the Ballarat District Bowls Division’s elite league on Saturday, Creswick landed victory over the ladder-leaders.

The Wickers claimed a seven-shot win at home to Ballarat East, which has kept its place at the summit despite the result.

Creswick is sixth and just seven points adrift of fourth spot.

Also on Saturday afternoon, there was a tie between Ballarat and Buninyong.

The two teams were locked together on 93 shots apiece at the end of 100 ends and also shared the rinks to both take an even split of nine points from the contest.

Other winners in round 14 were Learmonth and Webbcona.

In the Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls league, it was Queenscliff that inflicted defeat on top team Bareena to trim its lead out in front.

The Cliffers were away from home, but proved too good, winning by 15 shots.

Meanwhile, City of Geelong broke through for its first success of the 2017-18 campaign after beating BMS by 11 shots, Lara defeated Eastern Park, Sebastopol got home against Webbcona and Victoria scored a nice win against the powerful Ocean Grove.

LADDERS

PREMIER

Bareena 171 +194

Queenscliff 158 +232

Ocean Grove 149 +191

Sebastopol 138 +32

Lara 131 +24

Victoria 120 +1

BMS 93 -194

Eastern Park 88 -124

Webbcona 81 -72

City of Geelong 41 -284

DIVISION ONE

Ballarat East 143 +50

City Oval 136 +43

Ballarat 134 +102

Central Wendouree 131 +96

Buninyong 130 +71

Creswick 124 -55

Mt Xavier 121 -51

Learmonth 106 -10

Webbcona 88 -26

Sebastopol 57 -220