okmalta.com beat Grolsch to tighten grip on league

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 19:16
2010 Intermediate Champions Stephanie Said and Rankin Camilleri, holding their deserved championship trophies

2010 Intermediate Champions Stephanie Said and Rankin Camilleri, holding their deserved championship trophies

With eleven from eighteen weeks now completed in the current MSV Life National League, okmalta.com have managed to stretch their Div I lead to eight points, thanks to their 100% win against Grolsch, as second placed Ramis dropped two in their win over Royal Shock. Third placed Fina managed to gain ground by taking all eight from their clash with Turu’s Knights, while in other matches there was a full point win for Salitos against the Clan, and a 6 – 2 result for Gladiators over Middlesea Insurance.

Okmalta.com now enjoy an eight point cushion at the top of Division I, after thrashing Grolsch in a 0 – 8 week eleven score line which doomed the losing side to the bottom spot, at least for the time being. The eventual losers were never up to the challenge on the night, losing the opener 684 – 758, with okmalta.com then basically securing the match with a 716 – 768 win in game two. The leaders finished off with a 667 – 776 game three win to complete the rout. Neil Sullivan (okmalta.com), 636. Ramon Stafrace (Grolsch), 545.

Ramis were stunned in their opening game, as there excellent 798 effort was thwarted by a massive 842 game from their opponents, Royal Shock to suffer an early disadvantage. Royal Shock then ran right out of steam however, as Ramis came back to go level with an 814 – 640 game two win, and then claim the match with an 800 – 709 game three result. Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 672. Joe Cassar (Royal Shock), 567.

Third placed Fina moved two points closer to the second spot thanks to their big win against Turu’s Knights. Game one almost saw the Knights make the scoreboard, but Fina just clinched it with a narrow 729 – 746 win. Game two was never in any such doubt however, Fina easily winning it 705 – 838 to double their lead, before rounding up the whitewash with a 677 – 821 game three victory. Fina’s Justin Caruana Scicluna shot an excellent individual series of 727, the highest series so far this season. Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 509.

Salitos (sixth) managed to pick up all eight against The Clan (fifth) this week, both teams now looking likely for a mid-table finish this season. The match, and in fact each game of the series, could easily have gone either way, as Salitos opened with a close 755 – 766 initial win, followed by a 715 – 738 win to make it 0 – 4 after two. A 714 – 727 score line in game three made sure of all eight points for the winners. Roy Swift (Salitos), 571. Matthew Cossai (The Clan), 545.

Gladiators made a further strike for survival this week, winning 6 – 2 to add to the relegation woes of unlucky opponents Middlesea Insurance. Ironically it was the latter who got on to the more positive start, taking game one 696 – 758 for the lead. Game two was poor all round, Gladiators just scraping by to win 677 – 661 and draw level, and then claim the match with a much better 756 – 657 game three victory. Jean Marc Galea (Gladiators), 534.

Bowlers of the Week:

Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 727

Sue Abela (Fina), 617

Standings – MSV Life National Division I, Week 11

okmalta.com – 76, Ramis – 68, Fina – 56, Royal Shock – 50, The Clan – 42, Salitos – 42, Turu’s Knights – 32, Gladiators – 32, Middlesea Insurance – 22, Grolsch – 20

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