WANGARATTA caused the biggest boilover of the season when it claimed the Ovens and Murray Pennant Bowls B1 premiership with a four-shot victory over the previously unbeaten Milawa at Wodonga on Saturday.
Wangaratta quickly opened up a 10-shot advantage thanks largely to a blistering start from Norm Baker’s rink (Mick Montgomery, John McLennan and Malcolm Hargreaves).
They got the jump on Mark Allan’s rink and after six ends had shot out to an 11-0 lead.
Jack Dillon’s rink (Jeff Keegan, Peter Morris and Bob McCalman) started to fall behind Milawa’s Col Reid but steadied the ship at the halfway mark, scoring eight shots to two over four ends either side of the break.
That left them just two shots adrift after 14 ends.
Ken Mark’s rink (Bill Parr, Jim Boak and Peter Bartlett) were also holding sway over Marty Lane’s Milawa rink as Wangaratta maintained the margin to around 10 shots through the middle of the game.
Wangaratta continued to press hard and getting towards the 60th end had opened up a 15-shot cushion with 15 ends to play across the three rinks, and seemingly had the match under control.
Milawa’s Mark Allan had other ideas though as his rink went on the rampage over the last five ends.
They trailed Norm Baker 13-25 after 20 ends, but scored a one, three, two and two over the next four ends to close the overall margin back to nine shots.
Allan wasn’t finished there though as his rink stormed home, claiming six shots on their last end to beat Baker by two shots (27-25).