Fina clinch lead with 8 – 0 win over St. James Hospital

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 18:20

Ramis edged by in 3 – 5 thriller

Week sixteen saw another change at the top of the MSV Life National League at the Eden SuperBowl, with Fina taking the lead thanks to a big 8 – 0 win over St. James Hospital, while last week’s leaders, Ramis went down 3 – 5 in an eventful clash with defending champions, Turu’s Knights have guaranteed themselves of at least fourth place, having also taken all eight this week against Rogantino’s, while MIA managed to pull up and out of the drop-zone with their 2 – 6 win over Supreme, who are now mathematically sure of relegation. The mid-table clash between The Clan and J Grima & Co ended in a 4 – 4 draw.

Fina claimed the top flight lead with an 8 – 0 trouncing of St. James Hospital. While their win started off easy enough, with an 806 – 654 opening win, the second of the series went right down to the last ball. It fell by a solitary pin to Fina, 780 – 779 to give them a four point advantage. St. James were just below the 700 mark again in game three, allowing the Fina aces to clinch it with their 787 effort, and make sure of all eight. Kenneth Arpa (Fina), 649, male bowler of the week. Shawn Bugeja (St. James Hospital), 539.

Previous leaders Ramis took on defending champions this week, and came out on the worst end of a 3 – 5 score line, to all but hand the top spot to Fina. Ramis opened the scoring by taking the close first game 742 – 734. Then came a truly thrilling and high scoring second game, finishing in a tie with an incredible 856 – 856 score line. Only game one’s ten pins separated the two outfits going into game three so the match was clearly still up for grabs. It was at this point that the current champs stepped up to shoot the game of the night, and claim their 3 – 5 win with a 754 – 900 win. Neil Sullivan (, 648. Rankin Camilleri (Ramis), 637.

Turu’s Knights bagged a full point victory against Rogantino’s in week sixteen, making sure of at least fourth place, with two weeks an sixteen points still up for grabs. Rogantino’s were poor on the night, starting off by losing 679 – 763 in game one, and then 621 – 674 in game two. They managed to pick up the pace in the third and final game, but again it was the Knights who prevailed, taking it 748 – 764 for the full point victory. Ryan Grech (Turu’s Knights), 566. Clive Farrugia (Rogantino’s), 540.

MIA lifted themselves back out of the drop zone by clinching a crucial 2 – 6 win against Supreme, who are now confirmed for Division II in the new season. Supreme had already needed a miracle or two going into the match, if they were to harbour any last hope of survival, and in fact won the scrappy opener 724 – 661. To their chagrin however, MIA quickly managed to bounce back and took the second of the set, 688 – 750 to go all square. Supreme’s final effort was a pitiful 579, against a match winning 747 from MIA to seal the win for the latter. Antoine Cuschieri (MIA), 534. Tony Paris (Supreme), 547.

There was an equal share of the points in the match between The Clan and J Grima & Co, who are in seventh and eighth place respectively. J Grima & Co were first to open their account, taking the opener 757 – 778, but again, it was all square after two as The Clan responded with a 686 – 653 game two leveller. J Grima & Co took the edgy third game by just three pins (745 – 748), but lost out on the series points by just nine pins (2188 – 2179) to hand The Clan their equal share of the spoils. Melissa Swift (J Grima & Co), 552. Giancarlo Tolu (The Clan), 536.

Bowlers of the Week:

Kenneth Arpa (Fina), 649

Sue Abela (Fina), 566

MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 16

Fina – 100, Ramis – 97, – 93, Turu’s Knights – 84, Rogantino’s – 64, J Grima & Co – 55, The Clan – 48, M.I.A. – 41, St. James Hospital – 36, Supreme – 22

MSV Life Division II: Week 18 (Final Standings)

Spare Me Plz – 97, Gladiators – 90, 4-Play – 83, Blitzkrieg – 80, HepO2 Acorn – 75, Bank of Valletta – 74, Vintage – 73, X S – 65, Middlesea Insurance – 56, Kiwis – 27

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