INGLEWOOD came crashing back with a thud, suffering its first loss of the BBD pennant season with a 58-shot blowout against Bendigo East on Saturday.
The Beasties doubled Inglewood’s score in winning 116-58 at home.
For the Beasties, it was a 101-shot turnaround on the previous week when they had been hammered by 43 shots by Castlemaine.
Bendigo East led 48-29 at tea, before putting the foot down even harder after the break in adding 68 shots to Inglewood’s 29.
East’s rinks of Aaron Tomkins (+21) and Marc Smith (+25) were both winners by more than 20, while David Keenan had a 12-shot victory.
Despite the one-sided final score, Inglewood did manage to pick up one point when Daryl Rowley tied 22-all with Darren Burgess.
• Bendigo has replaced Inglewood at the top of the ladder following its 31-shot win over Kangaroo Flat.
Bendigo powered to a 103-72 win at Kangaroo Flat.
The Bendigo rink of Andrew Brown (+23) continued its hot form, winning by more than 20 shots for the third time in its five games.
Ian Ross (+3) and Tom Russell (+11) were also winning skippers for Bendigo, while the Flat had John Berry score a 22-16 win over Tim Arnold, who skippered Barry Anset’s rink in his first game back from suspension.
• The re-jigged Eaglehawk secured a much-needed second win, holding off Castlemaine 88-84 at home.
Both sides won two rinks apiece, but it was Brayden Byrne’s 34-16 victory over Rod Phillips that gave the edge to the Hawks.
• South Bendigo won its second game in a row and closed to within four points of the top four.
South kept Golden Square winless with its 95-86 victory, which included the rink of Ryan Tainton (+5) winning for the fourth game in a row.
With five defeats in a row, Square is now on its worst losing streak since rejoining division one in 2007-08.
Bendigo – 70, +121
Inglewood – 68, +26
Bendigo East – 67, +88
Castlemaine – 44, +17
South Bendigo – 40, -38
Eaglehawk – 32, -54
Kangaroo Flat – 21, -107
Golden Square – 18, -53