FAVOURITES won all five Western District Bowls Division round 14 Saturday pennant matches.
The top four remained the same with Warrnambool Gold, City Memorial Red, Timboon Gold and City Memorial Gold winning.
Warrnambool Gold strengthened its grasp on top spot, defeating bottom-placed Mortlake Blue 112-72.
The ladder leaders are 22 points clear of second-placed City Memorial Red.
Warrnambool Gold’s Glen McNaughton said Mortlake Blue challenged the competition’s pace-setters.
Mortlake Blue belied its bottom-place status in two rinks — George Draffen tied with Paul O’Donnell 23-all and Darren Grant fell one-shot short against Brian Lenehan 19-18.
“Our rink with Peter Pangrazio had a 15-shot win but Neil Crisp’s rink had a bigger win,” he said.
“Those two winning margins decided the game but it was probably a closer game overall than it appeared on paper.
“There wasn’t much in it at afternoon tea.
“We finally wore them down.”
McNaughton said Warrnambool Gold had settled its side approaching finals and was quietly confident of going through the home-and-away season undefeated.
There are four regular season rounds left to play.
“Brendan Sheehan, who is playing for Peter Pangrazio, is in his first year of division one and is going very well,” McNaughton said.
“He’s cemented his place in the side.
“He’s only been bowling for three or four years and this is his first crack at our top side.”
In other round 14 division one matches, City Memorial Red, entrenched in second spot, ground out a 95-85 win against Terang Green.
Timboon Gold maintained third spot with a 100-88 win against Warrnambool White.
Fourth-placed City Memorial Gold strengthened its grip on a finals spot with a 99-71 win over Dennington Red.
Fifth-placed Warrnambool Blue kept its finals dream alive with an 89-83 win against Port Fairy Red.