BOWLS: Central Wendouree not done yet in Ballarat Geelong premier division

WHEN it comes to Ballarat Geelong premier division bowls, Central Wendouree is not done yet.

The Bears revitalised their season and their hopes of staying in lawn bowls' top grade with a 109-81 victory over reigning premier Geelong West on Saturday. In the process they earned 17 points and closed the gap to Avenue in the race to avoid relegation to 17 points. 

Electing to play on carpet rather than grass, Centrals ambushed the visitors to be up by about nine shots at the tea break. The Bears then doubled that margin in the second half of the day's play, winning three rinks and tying the other.

John Nunn's team scored an eight against John O'Donnell and co, on the way to a 29-26 victory.

Bill Durand, skippering for the first time, guided his four to a 32-15 victory over Craig Elliot, while Eric Kosloff's four had the better of Stewart Shuttleworth 26-18. 

Greg Brown's team, often the flagship for Centrals, tied 22-22 with Brendan Umbers'.

Victoria retained top spot, thrashing synthetic specialist Bareena 105-65 on grass at Victoria. 

Ocean Grove kept the pressure on the Vics with a hard fought 92-88 battle with fellow contender Sebastopol. 

Webbcona strengthened its hold on a top four place with a 96-81 away win against Avenue. 

And Lara took all 18 points with a 107-83 victory over Highton. 

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