Fina win to share lead as fall to Ramis

Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 15:58

Defending champions have learned how quickly things can change in week five of the MSV Life National League, their 6 – 2 defeat at the hands of Ramis meaning they now share the Division I lead with Fina, after the latter’s 8 – 0 thrashing of Turu’s Knights. Malta Int. Airport claimed their first top flight victory in style, bagging all eight against  Salitos, and Royal Shock took six from their win over Gladiators. The match between HSBC and The Clan ended in a four all draw.

It was a resurgent Ramis side who managed to stop’s faultless start to the season in its tracks, beating them 6 – 2 after a run of four 100% victories for the defending champions. If Ramis’ opening win of 804 – 793 could be termed exciting, then the second of the series could be called an absolute thriller, finishing 810 – 814 to to level the match. Ramis were thriving on the pressure, and pulled out all of the stops to take the deciding third game 863 – 777, to make sure of the series and the match win (2477 – 2384). Ray Falzon Reale (Ramis), 677, male bowler of the week. Mauro Anastasi (, 656.

Defeat for was a gift for Fina, who pulled off an easy 8 – 0 win against Turu’s Knights to go level on points at the top, but back in second place only for the sake of 36 pins (total team pinfall to date). The one sided fixture began with an 825 – 759 Fina win, and it was soon 4 – 0 as they also took game two, 784 – 615. A 755 – 689 game three win wrapped up the eight points for Fina, as the title race opens up once again. Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 639. Ramon Casha (Turu’s Knights), 530.

New to the top flight this season, Malta International Airport had only managed to pick up four points from as many weeks prior to their week five clash with Salitos, which turned out to be their first win of the campaign. It was far from a pretty encounter in bowling terms, with MIA taking the early lead with a 685 – 730 opening win, and then going four up with an unimpressive 675 – 681 game two win. Things picked up for both sides in the third and final game, MIA winning it 745 – 767 to round off the whitewash. Alfred Pulis (Malta Int. Airport), 529. Andre Grech (Salitos), 567.

Royal Shock are hovering in the mid-table zone after taking six points against Gladiators, who are now languishing down in last place after MIA’s literally uplifting win. The ‘Shockers’ had little trouble getting onto the scoreboard first with a 730 – 782 game one win, and then doubled their advantage by taking the second of the set, 722 – 766. Royal Shock’s game then seemed to go awry, as they stumbled to a poor 727 – 684 game three defeat, handing over a two point share to their opponents. Pierre Yves Galea (Royal Shock), 555. Nikolai Borg (Gladiators), 566.

HSBC picked up their second consecutive four point draw in week five, with opponents The Clan sharing the spoils. The Clan looked to be heading for at least a majority win, as they rolled off with a 742 – 774 game one victory, and then doubled their lead with a better 767 – 800 win in game two. That was not enough to secure the lion’s share of the points however, as HSBC rallied to claim a big 840 – 702 win in the third, and so force the draw on the series (2349 – 2276). Giancarlo Tolu (The Clan), 582. Brian Farrugia (HSBC), 674.

Bowlers of the Week:

Ray Falzon Reale (Ramis), 677

Sue Abela (Fina), 574

Standings – MSV Life National Division I, Week 5 – 32, Fina – 26, Ramis – 18, HSBC – 18, The Clan – 18, Turu’s Knights – 16, Royal Shock – 12, Salitos – 10, Gladiators – 6, Malta Int. Airport – 4

Standings – MSV Live National Division II, Week 4

Supreme – 30, J Grima & Co – 26, BOV – 18, X S – 18, Atlas – 18, Middlesea Insurance – 14, Spare Me Plz – 12, Blitzkrieg – 11, One 4 All – 7, Vintage – 6

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