Matching wins give joint lead to Ramis

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:37

TEN PIN BOWLING : MSV Life National League Week 2

With two weeks of the brand new MSV Life National League have already been played at the SuperBowl, and already recently crowned champions Ramis are occupying the top spot in Division I, albeit level on 15 points with The Clan. Both were 2 – 6 winners against Royal Shock and Salitos in week two, in which the only full point win went to Fina against Turu’s Knights. Middlesea Insurance won 6 – 2 against Gladiators, while the match between (third place) and Grolsch (ex-PharmaVet) ended in a four-all draw.

Latest MSV Life National League champions Ramis are right back on top after two weeks of the new season after consecutive wins over Turu’s Knights and now Royal Shock. The opening game was easy pickings for Ramis who took it with a one sided 649 – 838 score line, but then Royal Shock levelled things by winning the second 776 – 695. The deciding third game saw another swing in fortunes, going to Ramis 676 – 777. Paul Baldacchino (Ramis), 606. Loe Cassar (Royal Shock), 519.

Ramis share the top spot with The Clan, who were only saved from relegation last season by the disbandment of one Div I outfit ( They faced Salitos in week two, suffering an early set back as the latter clinched the first of the series 706 – 644. The Clan were quick to rally however, winning game two 683 – 752 to make it two-all going into game three. That was a closer one, but The Clan prevailed with a 676 – 714 win to take the series points by 45 pins (2065 – 2110). Philip Grupetta (The Clan), 523. Benny Hili (Salitos), 564.

After an 8 – 0 thrashing at the hands of Royal Shock in week one, it was Fina’s turn for a 100% victory this week with Turu’s Knights the unlucky losers. Fina had it easy in the opening game, taking it 882 – 660, and then doubling their advantage with a 768 – 630 game two win. Game three could easily have seen Turu’s Knights bag their first points of the new season, by that wasn’t to be as Fina just pipped them with a 720 – 715 game score. Mother and son team and Fina regulars, Sue Abela and Justin Caruana Scicluna, claimed the honours for bowlers of the week, with 660 and 626 totals respectively. Dean Micallef (Turu’s Knights), 565.

Middlesea Insurance were 6 – 2 winners against Gladiators in week two. It was the eventual losers who took the early lead, as they clinched game one by 90 pins (661 – 751). Again things were all square after two, as Middlesea took the second game 755 – 672, leaving the fate of the match resting on the deciding final game. That finished 701 – 640 to Middlesea for their majority victory. Cole Cooper (Midlesea Insurance), 512. Matthew Gingell Littlejohn (Gladiators), 523.

Globalair have been renamed as, and took an equal share of the points against Grolsch (ex-PharmaVet). Grolsch won the close opening game, 725 – 740 to go two up, but then had an easier time of going level thanks to their 787 – 721 game two win. Grolsch then replied with a 706 – 726 to go top of the game point stakes, but they had to settle for the draw as the series went to by a 31 pin margin (2218 – 2187). Ramon Stafrace (Grolsch), 552. Neil Sullivan (, 609.

Bowlers of the Week:

Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 626

Sue Abela (Fina), 660

Standings – MSV Life National Division I, Week 2

Ramis – 14, The Clan – 14, – 12, Royal Shock – 10, Gladiators – 10, Fina – 8, Middlesea Insurance – 6, Grolsch – 4, Salitos – 2, Turu’s Knights – 0

Standings – MSV Life National Division II, Week 2

BOV – 12, Blitzkrieg – 12, HSBC – 10, Supreme – 8, Spare Me Plz – 8, MIA – 8, Vintage – 8, J Grima & Co – 8, Touch of Class – 4, One 4 All – 2

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