AFTER a 70-day hiatus, Bendigo Bowls Division pennant finally returned on Saturday, with Bendigo East crushing Kangaroo Flat to move into second position.
In the first games since December 7 following the mid-season break and two heated-out rounds, East belted the Flat 99-75 at home.
East won three of the rinks, with Kangaroo Flat's sole point coming thanks to Geoff Boyd's 22-all tie with Paul Moller.
The result was a 44-shot turnaround on their round six meeting when Kangaroo Flat won by 20.
• Castlemaine is now only out of the top four on shots after it was too good for reigning premier Bendigo by 14 shots..
The Maine prevailed 97-83 as it beat Bendigo for the second time this season.
Both teams won two rinks apiece, but Kevin Shuttleworth's 39-15 win over Garry Carberry swung the game Castlemaine's way.
• Golden Square closed within one point of the top four on the back of its 81-77 victory over South Bendigo.
In what was a thrilling contest, three of the rinks were decided by four shots or less.
• In the top versus bottom clash, Eaglehawk cruised to a 116-82 win over Inglewood.
Eaglehawk's Phil Godkin (38 shots) and Tony Ellis (37) and Inglewood's Frank Carbone (34) all had high-scoring days.