Central Wendouree emerged victorious after a closely-fought affair with Creswick in the Ballarat District Bowls Division Premier Saturday Pennant.
Cold and wet conditions wasn't enough to stop the Bears who edged out a talented Creswick side by two shots at home on Saturday.
Central Wendouree bowler Len Vincent said it was an enjoyable affair between two promising sides of the competition.
"It came down to the wire and in the last couple of shots we were able to sneak home without skipper Col Wright needing play his last bowl," he said.
"It was a very close competition and it was very enjoyable to play in."
Crentral Wendouree managed two rink successes en-route to a 78-76 triumph. Bears Skipper Col Wright paved the way to victory with a six-shot success over Travis Hedger's rink.
Col Johnson's outfit overcame Gerry Flapper's rink by two shots, while Alan Annear was the only winning skipper for Creswick in a tough day for the club.
Vincent, who bowled third under Wright, said the game could have gone either way.
"Our rink led most of the day but never by many. They caught us just after sandwich-time but then we got away again," he said.
"I thought Gerry Flapper and Col Johnson had a tremendous battle, the two skippers made some fantastic bowls."
Vincent heaped praise on Kerry Watts who he said was superb bowling first under Johnson.
The win marked the second in a row for Central Wendouree which have jumped to third on the Ballarat District Bowls Division Premier Saturday Pennant table.
After a narrow loss to Ballarat in round one, Vincent hoped his team could keep up the good form.
"It's always excellent to get off to a faster start and keep it going," he said.
"Players go in and out of form, and a good start is a great help."
Central Wendouree finished one game out of the top four in the Ballarat District Bowls division one competition last season and Vincent said the team was eager to make amends this time around.
"So far we haven't played any of the teams that played in the Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls league last season," he said.
"They are good, strong sides and it will be interesting to see how we go in the next few weeks."
Elsewhere on the weekend Sebastopol won its second in a row with a 22-shot success over Mt Xavier.
BMS got off the mark with a 18-shot victory over Ballarat.
Victoria consolidated top spot on the competition table with an emphatic triumph over second-placed Webbcona.
Buninyong and Learmonth was abandoned.