Fina too good for in 8 – 0 thrashing

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 20:07

Ramis move into top spot with easy victory

There are now only three weeks remaining in the MSV Life National League, with the title race really heating after week fifteen saw some changes at the top. Long time leaders were knocked down to third place by a heavy 8 – 0 defeat against Fina who are now second, while Ramis replaced them in first place after an easy 0 – 8 win against The Clan. Turu’s Knights also bagged all eight against J Grima & Co, while St. James Hospital won 6 – 2 against Supreme, and Rogantino’s shared the spoils with MIA in a four-all draw.

Fina showed vintage form as they rolled the highest team series to date (2655), as they tore into defending champions, including a stunning 779 individual set from bowler of the week, Kenneth Arpa (278-278-223). Game one finished 870 – 826 to Fina, who then made it 4 – 0 by winning the second game 849 – 770. The team game of the season was to follow, as the third fell 936 – 837 in Fina’s direction to complete the rout. Fina are now in second place, four ahead of in third. Neil Sullivan (, 709.

Ramis are the new leaders, two points better than Fina, after their own full-pointer against The Clan this week. Ramis too were on top form, starting with an easy 694 – 826 opening win, and then doubling their advantage in a high scoring 827 – 900 game two win. Ramis had the match in the bag as they carried a 205 pin advantage into the final game, and they won that 666 – 842 to make sure of all eight, and take the league lead. Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 696. Clayton Zammit (The Clan), 526.

Turu’s Knights have all but made the fourth spot their own, having taken all eight points from their match against a poor J. Grima & Co (sixth). It wasn’t the prettiest of encounters, as the Knights opened their account with a 686 – 729 game one win, and then going four up with a 666 – 709 score line in game two. J Grima & Co managed to breach the 700 mark in game three, but that also went to their opponents, 713 – 741. Turu’s Knights are now on 76 points, twelve ahead of fifth place. Ryan Grech (Turu’s Knights), 555.

St. James Hospital managed to just push their noses up out of the relegation zone thanks to their 6 – 2 victory over last placed Supreme, although they are only one, solitary point clear. They were barely challenged by Supreme in their 731 – 649 game one win, and made it 4 – 0 in game two which was a little more competitive at 695 – 660. Two points from game three would have helped St. James breath just a little easier, but their terrible 625 effort meant a two point share for Supreme, who were only slightly better on 632.

MIA have replaced St. James Hospital in the second relegation spot, having shared the week fifteen spoilswith Rogantino’s in a 4 – 4 draw. MIA opened with a decent 691 – 793 game one victory for the early lead, but their second game was below par, allowing Rogantino’s to draw level with just a single pin between them (683 – 682). With Rogantino’s taking game three 684 – 669, MIA were thankful of their considerable game one win, which won them the series points and so the draw (2058 – 2144). Clive Farrugia (Rogantino’s), 526. Charles Farrugia (MIA), 575.


Bowlers of the Week:

Kenneth Arpa (Fina), 779

Sue Abela (Fina), 666

MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 15

Ramis – 94, Fina – 92, – 88, Turu’s Knights – 76, Rogantino’s – 64, J Grima & Co – 51, The Clan – 44, St. James Hospital – 36, MIA – 35, Supreme – 20

MSV Life Division II: Week 17

Spare Me Plz – 93, Gladiators – 86, 4-Play – 81, Blitzkrieg – 74, Vintage – 71, HepO2 Acorn – 69, Bank of Valletta – 68, X S – 63, Middlesea Insurance – 54, Kiwis – 21

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