Okmalta.com humbled by J Grima & Co

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 12:13

Division I leaders and defending champions okmalta.com, saw their advantage slashed to just two points in week ten of the MSV Life National League, as they suffered a surprise 2 – 6 defeat at the hands of J Grima & Co. Their position was further undermined by chasers Fina and Ramis, who both racked up full point wins against Supreme and MIA accordingly. In other matches, Turu’s Knights claimed a 2 – 6 win against The Clan, while the match between St. James Hospital and Rogantino’s ended four apiece.

Week ten marks the beginning of round two in the current season, with a change in the lane conditions applied. The new oil pattern seemed to cause immediate problems for okmalta.com, whose performance against J Grima & Co was a far cry from their previous form. Their opponents took the lead with a scrappy but close 653 – 643 opening win, and were then 4 – 0 thanks to a slightly better 734 – 701 win in the second of the three-set. The defending champions then managed to save some of their blushes with a poor 708 – 722 game three win to salvage a two point share. Steve Cassar (J Grima & Co), 623. Neil Sullivan (okmalta.com), 609.

Fina had no trouble in taking apart week ten opponents Supreme who are still rooted to the bottom of the classification, taking all eight points to move just two points away from the top spot. They took the early advantage with ease, winning the opener 643 – 727, and then doubled their lead with a 646 – 746 game two win. Supreme could do nothing to hinder Fina’s pace, as game three ended 680 – 802 to complete the whitewash. Kenneth Arpa (Fina), 615. Tony Paris (Supreme), 524.

Ramis stay third and still in the title race having also picked up a 100% against MIA, and shooting the team series of the night to boot (2488), in spite of the tougher conditions. The eventual winners opened strongly to win game one 686 – 855, but then almost let the MIA side back into the match with a tight 754 – 769 game two win. The last of the set was never going to be a close one even from the opening frames, and if fell to Ramis by a huge 201 pin margin (663 – 864), to put the full point victory beyond any doubt. Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 652, bowler of the week. Alfred Pulis (MIA), 507.

Fourth placed Turu’s Knights are still eight points off the top three, but bagged a 2 – 6 win against The Clan this week. Again, both teams struggled to find consistency on the shorter oil pattern, but it was the Knights who drew first blood with a narrow 710 – 718 opening victory. The Clan then bounced back to take game two and so draw level, with a low scoring 695 – 666 win, before Turu’s Knights sewed up the majority win with a 671 – 716 game three clincher. Ryan Grech (Turu’s Knights), 536. Philip Gruppetta (The Clan), 525.

In the final clash of week ten, St. James Hospital and opponents Rogantino’s drew to walk away with an equal share of the points. It was St. James who were first on the score board after winning the first of the series 725 – 690, before Rogantino’s made it two all with a nail biting 657 – 659 win in game two. Rogantino’s also took game three, 678 – 703, but St. James’ better win margin in game one served them well, to take the series points and force the draw (2060 – 2052). Joe Cassar (Rogantino’s), 543. Ernest Agius (St. James Hospital), 548.

Bowlers of the Week:

Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 652

Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 505

MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 10

Okmalta.com – 62, Fina – 60, Ramis – 58, Turu’s Knights – 50, Rogantino’s – 44, J Grima & Co – 37, The Clan – 32, St. James Hospital – 26, Supreme – 17, M.I.A. – 14

MSV Life Division II: Week 11

Spare Me Plz – 61, Gladiators – 56, Blitzkrieg – 54, Vintage – 46, 4-Play – 46, X S – 45, Bank of Valletta – 44, Middlesea Insurance – 31, Hep O2 Acorn – 35, Kiwis – 12

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