NORTH Gippsland pennant bowls resumed after the Christmas break on Saturday.
Reigning section one premier Maffra had a solid win over ladder leader Heyfield Blue at Heyfield, Yarram got home by one shot against Stratford, Sale White won a close game against Sale Golf and Sale Blue were too strong for Heyfield White.
Next round will be a beauty with Sale White and Heyfield Blue drawn to play and Maffra will play Yarram. None of these sides can afford to drop a game as Sale Golf is breathing down their necks in fifth spot.
In section two, Rosedale was the only team in the top four to come away with a win on Saturday. Yarram went down to Stratford, Maffra defeated top side Sale Blue and Sale White was beaten by Sale Golf.
The top two spots in section three look to be safe for Sale Blue and Sale White, with third and fourth places up for grabs right up to the final home-and-away game for the remaining clubs.