SEVEN contests were decided by six shots or less in Monday's start to the Bendigo Bowls Division midweek pennant finals series.
In division one, Bendigo East fought on to beat Inglewood by a shot at Golden Square.
The same margin stood at the end of the division four clash in which Calivil-Serpentine defeated Golden Square at South Bendigo.
Both division two games ended in a two-shot difference. Bendigo East defeated South Bendigo, and Kangaroo Flat beat Bendigo.
Marong took out the division three clash with Golden Square at Eaglehawk by four shots.
Final margins were just a little higher in division five.
Strathfieldsaye beat Lockwood South at Eaglehawk by five shots, and Bendigo East scored a six-shot victory against VRI at Bendigo Bowling Club.
Preliminary finals are on next Monday.
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