Full points for okmalta.com while Fina forfeit Knights clash

Friday, November 5, 2010, 10:27

Week fourteen of the Middlesea Valletta Life National League was a peculiar one, with established teams Globalair and Fina both suffering from line up problems, due to having key players abroad on National Duty. No such problem for leaders Ramis however, who took all eight against HSBC, or third placed okmalta.com who did the same against Royal Shock. Gladiators came out on the better end of a 2 – 6 score line in their match against PharmaVet.

Ramis have stretched their Div I lead to six points thanks to their 8 – 0 hammering of bottom side HSBC in week fourteen. It was another massive series for record-breaking Ramis, as they opened with a huge 901 – 701 opening win over the bankers. They slowed down a little in game two which they won 816 – 728 to go four ahead, but then rolled their game of the night as they took the final game 934 – 705 for a 2651 team total. Kenneth Arpa (Ramis), 748, male bowler of the week. Sammy Borg (HSBC), 552.

Challengers Globalair had to face ninth placed The Clan without their star man Neil Sullivan, who was abroad representing Malta in the 2010 European Champions Cup (Ankara, Turkey). That made them vulnerable, and they lost the opening game 851 – 763. Globalair did rally to take the second game 717 – 770, and also the third 798 – 821, but The Clan’s game one advantage helped them hold onto the series points by just twelve pins, and so force the draw. (2366 – 2354). Simon Burke (Globalair), 609. Giancarlo Tolu (The Clan), 632.

Third placed okmalta.com also picked up all eight points this week, with opponents Royal Shock never managing to pose a scoring threat. The opener fell 779 – 850 to okmalta.com, who then doubled their advantage with an excellent 821 – 923 win in the second. Game three clinched the 100% win for them, as they won that 72 – 798. Ray Falzon Reale (okmalta.com), 696. Clive Cassar (Royal Shock), 610.

The Gladiators strengthened their campaign for survival by clinching a 2 – 6 win to the detriment of PharmaVet. However it was the eventual losers who drew first blood, narrowly winning the first of the series by a mere two pins, 782 – 780. PharmaVet won game two by the exact same margin to go level, with a 748 – 750 result. That meant that win or lose, the match came down to the deciding third game. Gladiators took that with just a little more ease, 755 – 773, to make sure of victory. Jean Marc Galea (Gladiators), 571. Steve Cassar (PharmaVet), 569.

Fina were unable to field a team due to other commitments, including Sue Abela’s participation in the Ankara ECC, for their clash against Turu’s Knights. This meant the Knights played on their own, required to achieve their own average score in order to claim the points. They did so, and were gifted a handy eight points as a result. Ryan Grech (Turu’s Knights), 628.


Bowlers of the Week:

Kenneth Arpa (Ramis), 748

Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 524

Standings – Middlesea Valletta Life National Division I, Week 14

Ramis – 92, Globalair – 86, okmalta.com – 84, Fina – 68, Turu’s Knights – 50, PharmaVet – 50, Royal Shock – 48, Gladiators – 36, The Clan – 28, HSBC – 10

Standings – Middlesea Valletta Life National Division II, Week 12

Middlesea – 60, Salitos – 60, Malta Int. Airport – 56,  J Grima & Co – 56, Spare Me Plz – 54, Supreme – 48, Blitzkrieg – 44, Bank of Valletta – 42, 4 Play – 28, Atlas Insurance – 24

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