REIGNING premier Woodford remains a bona fide contender for its third-consecutive Warrnambool and District Cricket Association pennant.
The Eels, locked in a wavering battle with Russells Creek, posted 209 at Reid Oval on Saturday after losing three early wickets.
Captain Nick Butters arrived and steadied the ship, blasting 84 from 152 balls to gift his side a chance of securing a three-peat.
Tom Batten (39) and John Houston (23) also made cameo appearances to help the Eels to the double-ton score.
Russells Creek will resume play at 1pm on Sunday.