Castlemaine hands Bendigo East 65-shot thrashing in BBD pennant

RUGGED UP: Inglewood's Craig Kelly wears a beanie to keep warm on a wet, cold and miserable day for lawn bowls on Saturday. Picture: LUKE WEST

RUGGED UP: Inglewood's Craig Kelly wears a beanie to keep warm on a wet, cold and miserable day for lawn bowls on Saturday. Picture: LUKE WEST

FOR the second year in a row Bendigo East has returned from Castlemaine having copped a flogging in BBD weekend pennant.

Last season East was on the end of a 43-shot drubbing at Castlemaine.

On Saturday the result was worse as Castlemaine dished out a lawn bowls lesson, thumping the Beasties by 65 shots – 131-66.

There had been no sign that the result would be so one-sided given Castlemaine had gone into the game with just one win from its first five matches.

The Maine’s most dominant rink was that of skipper Rod Phillips, which handed out a 45-9 shellacking to Gary Ryan.

Phillips’ tally of 45 was the highest by a rink in the BBD since South Bendigo’s Ted Saltmarsh also had a 45-9 win against – ironically – Castlemaine in round 11 of the 2014-15 season.

The rinks of Kevin Shuttleworth (+19) and Darren Taylor (+11) also had double figure victories for the Maine.

Despite the 65-shot hiding in the most one-sided game of the season so far, Bendigo East managed to win one rink as Aaron Tomkins edged out Luke Hoskin 27-26.

The Beasties, who are sixth, have now lost three games in a row for only the second time since 2007-08.

• Inglewood pulled off an upset away win by eight shots over Kangaroo Flat.

The Woods made it two wins in a row with their 92-84 victory that ended Kangaroo Flat’s four-game winning streak.

Ian Chamberlain’s 30-19 win over Tom Russell gave the edge to Inglewood, which closed to within one point of the top four.

FOCUSED: Kangaroo Flat's Carl Rowe plays a shot on Saturday. The Flat suffered an upset 92-84 loss at home against Inglewood. Picture: LUKE WEST

FOCUSED: Kangaroo Flat's Carl Rowe plays a shot on Saturday. The Flat suffered an upset 92-84 loss at home against Inglewood. Picture: LUKE WEST

• Eaglehawk has officially stamped itself as the team to beat following an impressive 23-shot win over South Bendigo.

In a clash of first versus second, the Hawks maintained their unblemished record with their 100-77 victory that moved them 29 points clear at the top.

Eaglehawk would have swept South Bendigo if not for the tied contest between the Hawks’ Brayden Byrne and South’s Mitch Sidebottom that ended 23-all.

• Golden Square moved into the top four courtesy of its 89-74 win over Bendigo.

The victory evened Square’s ledger at 3-3, while reigning premier Bendigo is now 0-6 in what has been a dramatic fall.

Square had three winning rinks skipped by Trevor Schill (+5), Geoff Walsh (+14) and Tas Wallis (+6).