Big win for okmalta.com breaks three-way split for top spot

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9:09

After week seven of the current MSV Life National League, there was a three-way split for the top spot between okmalta.com, Fina and Ramis. Things are still very tight after week eight, but okmalta.com have managed to go clear at the top thanks to their 8 – 0 pummelling of Royal Shock. Fina drop two points in their majority win over Bowlers on Strike, while Ramis could only draw 4 – 4 against HepO2 Acorn. Turu’s Knights picked up a 100% victory aganst St. James Hospital, while bottom side MIA claimed their first win of a very tough season for them, with a 2 – 6 score line against Gladiators.

Okmalta.com put two points between themselves and the rest of the field thanks to their 8 – 0 beating of Royal Shock, with other crucial results also going their way. They shot the highest team series of the week (2384) starting with a close 751 – 737 opening win, before taking the second of the set much more comfortably, 799 – 663. Their best was yet to come as they sealed the whitewash with a big 834 – 726 final victory for all eight points. Neil Sullivan (okmalta.com) 614. Clive Farrugia (Royal Shock), 585.

Fina helped hand okmalta.com the lead with their tense 2 – 6 win against Bowlers on Strike. The match was close and could have gone either way, with Bowlers on Strike taking the early lead thanks to a 754 – 741 opening win. Fina came back to level things with a very tight 751 – 756 game two win, and then took the match with a 738 – 769 game three clincher. Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 640, male bowler of the week.

Liliana Said (Bowlers on Strike), 543. Current champions Ramis are in third place, four behind the lead after their 4 – 4 tie with HepO2 Acorn in week eight. It was anything but a pretty display of bowling, Ramis drawing first blood with a poor 622  – 705 game one victory. There was little improvement in game two, which saw HepO2 Acorn equalize with a slightly better 734 – 696 score line, before also winning a forgettable third game 682 – 668, although Ramis were able to force the draw due to a 31 pin advantage on the series (2038 – 2069). Paul Baldacchino (Ramis),541. Sammy Borg (HepO2 Acorn), 501.

Turu’s Knights secured only the second full point victory of the week, much to the chagrin of relegation threatened St. James Hospital, who continue to struggle with squad availability. They were forced to utilize a substitute again this week, but that measure proved inadequate, as they handed an easy win to the Knights, the series progressing: 651 – 715, 654 – 727, 787 – 859. Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 573,female bowler of the week. Ernest Agius (St. James Hospital), 545.

Serial losers, MIA finally managed to register a match victory this week, having only picked up two points from the previous seven fixtures. The match had a familiar start for the bottom side. Their opponents,Gladiators winning it 748 – 737, however things started to look up for MIA who managed only their second game win of the season by taking game two 641 – 718, and then doubled up with a close 692 – 706 game three win, to take home the lion’s share of the spoils. Mario Ellul (MIA), 547. Chris Galea (Gladiators), 510.

Bowlers of the Week:

Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 640

Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 573

MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 8

Okmalta.com – 52, Fina – 50, Ramis – 48, Royal Shock – 36, Turu’s Knights – 36, HepO2 Acorn – 34, Bowlers on

Strike – 24, Gladiators – 18, St. James Hospital – 12, MIA – 8

MSV Life Division II: Week 8

The Clan – 58, X S – 48, Blitzkrieg – 38, Bank of Valletta – 34, Vintage – 34, Supreme – 26, Touch of Class – 24,

BOV – 24, Atlas Insurance – 20, Ready Steady Bowl – 14





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