LITHGOW City bowlers got back into the winner's circle when the Grade Four teams recorded a strong, but narrow, win over Bathurst City on Sunday.
It was not a good story for the Grade seven bowlers who suffered a resounding 10-nil loss to Wallerawang on Wang's home 'carpet'.
Bathurst City came to Lithgow to play two rounds in the one day but suffered losses at the hands of both Lithgow Workies and Lithgow City.
It was a tight tussle for the Lithgow City sides, eventually winning two out of the three rinks to come away with a 9-1 overall score, gaining seven points for a narrow aggregate win of 50-41.
Lithgow City's best result came from the Ian Townsend skipped rink of Frank Mierczak, Peter Kearney and Graham Pitt with a 17-11 win over A. Birkins, A. Horner, J. Finlay and S. Simons.
A 15-11 win to Jeff Madden, Dave Robson, Michael Hughes and Jim Kelly over K. Waddell, R. Simpson, Bob Lindsey and M. Simmons secured the aggregate for Lithgow.
Warren Kennedy, Ian Birk, Gil Mendoza and Jim Bannerman had a battle royale before going down by the narrowest of margins 18-19 to P. Gray, J. Archer, L. Doble and R. Fitzalan.
Lithgow City will have a chance to consolidate their standing when they travel to Bathurst on Sunday for a return match against Bathurst City.
It was an ugly morning for the Grade seven bowlers when facing up against Wallerawang on the Wang 'carpet', losing the toss to begin with and never recovering from that point.
It was a 10-nil drubbing by Wang, the best result for Lithgow being a 12 shot loss from Paul Crane, Barry Achurch, Darrell Wright and John Shepley to Des Evans, John Whittaker, John Williams and Curtis Brown.
It was also a bad day for the other two rinks.
Ian Northey, Don Kipp, Don Lovett and Geoff Martin went down 30-11 to Dave Nunan, Jason Frazer, Peter Williams and Ross Harrington while it was a 28 shot loss for Michael Brown, Ray Sharwood, Greg Quinn and Anthony Brown when they were up against Jim McMahon, Al Davies, Peter Matchett and Donna Coupland.
This grade is looking for a better result when they will be hosting Oberon on the City greens on Sunday.
All three grades will be in action this weekend with the Grade six bowlers getting back on the green after last weekend's bye.
With the focus being on the pennants some of the social bowls events have seen fewer numbers than normal.
One exception was last Wednesday's men's bowls where Dave Robson, Col Wotton and John Shepley were triumphant with 18+18, but second spot was shared when two teams tied with 15+10, Kerry Clarke skipping John Lang and Phil Morcom and shared the money with Barry Perry, Ray Sharwood and Geoff Martin.
Garry Sutherland and Peter Nightingale just held on with 11+13 to win the Thursday twilights just coming in ahead of Frank Mierczak, Graham Corney and Geoff Martin with their 10+12.
There was a better interest than normal for the Friday mixed event when Graham Pitt, Betty Newcombe and Kath Haley with 14+13 were clear winners from the 12+9 by Danni Maruschko, Peter Wholohan and Daphne Lloyd.
It was a two-shot win for Anne Anderson, Richard Forbes and M Toll, their 13+12 just ahead of the 13+10 from Fay King, Daphne Lloyd and W. Callhear.