Okmalta.com beat Fina to regain clear Div I lead

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 11:59

After a three week break during August, the MSV Life National League returned to the SuperBowl lanes, where top team okmalta.com regained a four point lead over Division I, thanks to an important majority victory against rivals Fina. Ramis shoot up to third place thanks to their 8 – 0 hammering of Gladiators, while HSBC took six from opponents Salitos, as did Royal Shock against Malta Int. Airport. Turu’s Knights picked up a handy eight points against The Clan in the final match of the week.

Fina vs okmalta.com was undoubtedly the match of the day, the two having shared the top spot on points heading into the clash. The competition was tense, as defending champions okmalta.com claimed the opening game by a mere four pins (784 – 788), and then saw Fina respond with a very tight victory of their own, the 793 – 786 game two result making it two a-piece, with really nothing in it as the deciding third rolled off. Here, while the Fina four suffered a comparative collapse, okmalta.com managed to push their game up by a notch, easily winning it 718 – 858 for a 2 – 6 overall victory. Dennis Mercieca (okmalta.com), 645. Kenneth Arpa (Fina), 624.

Ramis have now truly shaken off their mediocre start to the current campaign, and proved so by taking apart bottom side Gladiators in an 8 – 0 thrashing in week 6. After only the initial frames the encounter started to look more like a Ramis training session rather than a top flight competition, as they won the opener 849, and then went 4 – 0 ahead with a 781 – 685 game two win. The match was surely in the bag for Ramis at this point, and a less humiliating 760 – 711 game three win sealed all eight points for them, lifting them up into third place. Paul Baldacchino (Ramis), 652, male bowler of the week. Nikolai Borg (Gladiators), 537.

HSBC were able to further consolidate their fourth spot with a six point victory over relegation threatened Salitos this week. The bankers took the early lead after a poor 684 – 707 game one win, and then doubled their advantage in game two, which was only slightly better, 701 – 734 the score line. Salitos then seemed to come out of their apparent slumber to take the last of the set, 780 – 733, missing out on the series points, and the draw by just nine pins (2165 – 2174). Brian Farrugia (HSBC), 558. Benny Hili (Salitos), 503.

Royal Shock improve to fifth place having prevailed in a 2 – 6 score line in their week six clash with Malta Int. Airport. The first of the series could easily have swung either way, falling 717 – 733 to Royal Shock for the early points. It was then all-square after two, as MIA managed a 789 – 776 equalizer but then their opponents came back to win the settler 682 – 760 and so walk off with the lion’s share of the spoils. Joe Cassar (Royal Shock), 580. Charles Galea (MIA), 535.

Turu’s Knights had only managed to amass sixteen points during a below-par patch over the first five league fixtures, but returned from the Summer break with greater determination, clinching all eight in their match against The Clan. The Knights were never in any serious danger of dropping points, taking the first of the set 726 – 782 before they doubled their lead with a 731 – 783 game two win. They kept up the pressure to win the third 703 – 770 to make sure of the 100% result. Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 583, female bowler of the week. Matthew Cossai (The Clan), 517.

Bowlers of the Week:

Paul Baldacchino (Ramis), 652

Tiziana Carannante(Turu’s Knights), 583

Standings – MSV Life National Division I, Week 6

okmalta.com – 40, Fina – 36, Ramis – 32, HSBC – 28, royal Shock – 24, Turu’s Knights – 24, the Clan – 22, Malta Int. Airport – 14, Salitos – 12, Gladiators – 8

Standings – MSV Live National Division II, Week 5

Supreme – 38, J Grima & Co – 26, BOV – 26, Middlesea Insurance – 20, XS – 20, Atlas – 18, Blitzkrieg – 17, Spare Me Plz – 14, Vintage – 14, One 4 All – 7

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