Okmalta.com thrash chasers Ramis to go 10pts clear

Friday, November 9, 2012, 15:00

Week thirteen of the ongoing MSV Life National League, featured a table top clash between okmalta.com and Ramis who were in respective first and second place heading into the match. The leaders doled out a crushing 8 – 0 defeat to their challengers, forcing them down into third place as Fina moved into second, thanks to a similar victory against fourth placed Rogantino’s Restaurant. At the other end of the spectrum, MIA’s survival woes continued, as they remain stuck in the drop zone, after  a 0 – 8 hammering at the hands of The Clan, while bottom side the Gladiators who lost out 2 – 6 to HEPO2 Acorn. Turu’s Knights got the better of Spare Me Plz in the last match of the night, which ended 6 – 2.

It was all eyes on the title clash between okmalta.com and Ramis in week thirteen, not least of all those of defending champions, Fina who are recovering from a lean patch and hanging onto notions of a title retention. Okmalta.com opened with blistering pace, easily winning game one 754 – 829, before doubling their advantage with a closer 759 – 779 game two win. Ramis were frustrated, and couldn’t produce anything to challenge their in-form opponents, who won the third of the series 723 – 826 for an easy full point victory. Rankin Camilleri (okmalta.com), 671. Paul Baldacchino (Ramis), 584.

Fina were able to capitalize on Ramis’ poor fortune, strolling to an 8 – 0 win against Rogantino’s Restaurant to go second, ahead of Ramis who are now in third. The champions opened what would be the team series of the week (2437), with a massive 851 – 712 opening win, and then dropped to a low 724 in game two, in which Rogantino’s could only respond with a poor 708 to go 4 – 0 down. Fina were back on high ground in game three rolling the team game of the night to make sure of all eight (862 – 800). Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 691, male bowler of the week. David Fenech (Rogantino’s Restaurant), 544.

Turu’s Knights are still pushing for a top five finish, and are six points adrift in sixth place after their 6 – 2 victory over Spare Me Plz this week. The Div I newbies showed little in the way of a challenge in the first two games of the three-set, losing game one 779 – 673 and then game two 740 – 699 to gift the Knights a 4 – 0 lead. Then a low 706 from the latter, and an improved 764 from Spare Me Plz in game three, made sure they walked off with a quarter share of the points. Peter Mallia (Turu’s Knights), 562. Claude Camilleri (Spare Me Plz), 528.

The Clan are in fifth place, and scooped all eight points against a struggling MIA outfit this week, the latter looking likely competitors for the drop at the season’s end. The encounter was never anything to write home about, as The Clan drew first blood with a scrappy 661 – 726 game one win, with things improving only slightly mid-series, as they won game two 714 – 747 to double their lead. The Clan improved to a very decent 798 effort in game three, making sure of the 100% win as MIA could only come back with a low 659 closing game. Philip Gruppetta (The Clan), 603. Steve Cassar (MIA), 534.

HEPO2 Acorn should have done enough to be sure of DIV I survival this season, now lying in seventh place on 46 points, twenty ahead of the relegation spots, after a majority victory over bottom side the Gladiators. They started with a 708 – 758 ice-breaker, before the Gladiators battled back for a good 799 – 702 equalizer in game two. HEPO2 Acorn then took the deciding third game 743 – 810, to bag the series points by twenty pins (2250 – 2270), and so claim the match victory. Benny Hili (HEPO2 Acorn), 576. Nikolai Borg (Gladiators), 569.


Bowlers of the Week:

Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 691

Sue Abela (Fina), 539


MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 13

Okmalta.com – 80, Fina – 70, Ramis – 64, Rogantino’s Restaurant – 62, The Clan – 58, Turu’s Knights – 52, HepO2 Acorn – 46, Spare Me Plz – 38, MIA – 26, Gladiators – 24


MSV Life Division II: Week 13

Blitzkrieg – 65, Pin Busters – 62, X S – 60, Bank of Valletta – 59, Supreme – 58, Vintage – 56, Middlesea Insurance plc – 54, St. James Hospital – 52, One 4 All – 30, Touch of Class – 24

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