LINTON is now within striking distance of the BDBD Premier Bowls final after upsetting Victoria in the penultimate round on Saturday.
The 59-48 shot win was enough for Linton to secure 14 of the 16 points on offer against the previous ladder leaders, setting up a thrilling final round.
Linton's win coupled with Ballarat's 61-42 shot - 16 points to nil - drubbing at the hands of new frontrunners BMS, means all positions in the top four could change hands in the final round next Saturday.
Linton went into the clash with Victoria knowing that even a win may not be enough for it if other results went against it.
But from early stages, it was clear the squads' attitude were right on with Team 1, skippered by Peter Wilson leading the charge with a 23-12 win.
The other two teams shared the points, both ending in four shot margins, but Wilson's 11 shot win was enough to pick up the 10 bonus points for the win.
SEBASTOPOL officially confirmed its finals chances with a thrilling 61-57 win over Buninyong who's form belied its position at the base of the ladder.
In doing so, Sebastopol moved into second position and are now within striking distance of taking out the minor premiership next week.
All games came down to the wire against a good Buninyong outfit, but the difference proved to be the team skippered by Murray Gannon, which won 21-17, allowing Sebastopol to score the valuable win.
FOURTH-placed Ballarat will now meet Sebastopol next week in what looms as a do-or-die clash for the Ballarat squad after it proved no match for BMS.
It was one-way traffic for the new ladder leader who picked up the full 16 points with three strong wins. The closest match was the four-shot win to the team skippered by Michael Storey which won 16-12.
Should Ballarat lose next week, it will be reliant on Creswick toppling Linton to make the finals.
CRESWICK picked up just two points in its 60-49 shot loss to Mount Xavier. Despite Travis Hedger's team securing a 19-11 win, big wins from Mount Xavier on the other two rinks, which were skippered by Phillip McGrath and Daryl Lamb gave Mount Xavier the points.
In the final match, LEARMONTH picked up 12 points, despite only winning one rink against Webbcona.
The 65-60 shot win was secured by William Rowe's team which scored a big 29-18 victory. Close results in the other two rinks allowed Webbcona to pick up four points.
BMS +101 155
SEBASTOPOL +111 145
VICTORIA +122 144
BALLARAT +62 127
Linton +54 118
Learmonth -64 90
Creswick -34 87
Mt Xavier -81 69
Webbcona -99 55
Buninyong -172 50
VICTORIA 48 (2) lt LINTON 59 (14)
Brett Harrison, Marc Oswin, Sunni Haynes, Shaun Clark 12 lt Nick Pearce, Timothy Wilson, Rodney Hetherington, Peter Wilson 23
Kane Silbereisen, Darren Britt, Barry Clark, Noel Verlinden 21 d Stewart Williams, Danny Pridham, Craig Williams, Brendan Williams 17
Shaun O'Loughlin,Paul Britt, Craig Ford, Wayne Lynch 15 lt Glenn Landers, Ray Wilson, Brendan Vandenberg, Craig Grenfell 19
WEBBCONA 60 (4) lt LEARMONTH 65 (12)
Wayne Pattie, Rod Barton, Chris Steenhuis, Barry McArthur 17 lt Timothy Griffin, Paul Beechey, Craig Findlay, William Rowe 29
Frank Clarke Harold Worsley Nathan Mahoney, Leah McArthur 24 d Jake Mullane, Ian Lyttle, Chris Powell, Brendan Pym 18
Ross Brown, David Anderton, Matthew Collins, Anthony Lange 19 d Gregory Ross, Gary Moy, Mick Casey, Ross Powell 18
SEBASTOPOL 61 (14) d BUNINYONG 57 (2)
Fred Reus, Shayne Bottrell, Alan Jones, Glenn Sargent 20 lt John Beames, Ian Voigt, Graeme Simpson, Graeme Nicholson 22
Stephen Topp, Noel Sutherland, John Garvin, Murray Gannon 21 d Ian McGregor, Kenneth Sergeant, Peter Aldred, Bryan Spencer 17
William Matthews, Tim Beacham, Paul Lovell, Ian Warner 20 d Manfred Weil, John Nunn, Wayne Morgan, Brian Wilcock 18
BALLARAT 42 (0) lt BMS 61 (16)
Matthew Cornish, Greg Stewart, Tony Wood, Aaron Wood 12 lt David Schreenan, Robert Dickinson, Beau Traill, Michael Storey 16
Taylor Stewart, Luke Cornish, Andrew Dalgleish, Zac Stewart 16 lt Daniel Vagg, Lindsay Trounce, David Berry, Ryan Bedggood 24
David Eastman, Grant Bourke, Wes Lennecke, Gregory Brown 14 lt Adam McLean, Keith Urch, Cameron Bryce, Philip Clamp 21
CRESWICK 49 (2) lt MT XAVIER 60 (14)
Dusty Taylor-Irwin, Michael Booth, Alan Annear, Travis Hedger 19 d Stacey Forrest, Neil Dart, Robert Ockwell, Chris McDonald 11
Rebecca Cooper, Geoff Antonio, Todd Blackburn, Stephen Hepworth 16 lt Ray Bellingham, Lynden Henderson, Paul Forrest, Phillip McGrath 27
Trevor Booth, Eileen Franklin, Dean Cooper, Gerry Flapper 14 lt Pat Moran, Malcolm Sargent, Kevin McKeegan, Daryl Lamb 22
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