Sue Abela and Justin Caruana Scicluna triumph in the MBC Qualifications

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 13:50

Team Malta will be represented by Abela and Caruana Scicluna, who will be joined by Mauro Anastasi and Sara Xuereb, who both finished second in the respective qualifiers. The 2020 edition of the Mediterranean Bowling Championships will be held in Paris from the 23rd  March.

The men’s competition proved to be quite a tightly contested one over a grueling 3 days and 24 games. The early lead went to Mark Spiteri, however Caruana Scicluna and Anastasi soon took over the lead by day 2 with both players delivering blistering performances game after game.

At the end Caruana Scicluna prevailed by a mere 5 pins (5205-5200), both with a great 216 average. 3rd place went to Philip Gruppetta, while 15 year old Nicholas Muscat had another excellent performance finishing 4th out of the 22 men with a good 208 average.

Abela and Xuereb pretty much dominated the proceedings in the ladies event, with Abela rolling a 207 average against Xuereb’s 204. Its worth remembering that the same Abela and Xuereb won the gold medal in the doubles team in the 2019 edition of the MBC.   Melissa Swift ended up in 3rd place after a great last day performance to overtake Cynthia Frendo Duca  by just 5 pins.

The last edition of the championships were held in Malta last April, when the Maltese team hauled a record 10 medals, with a record participation of 16 countries. MTBA President Paul Baldacchino stated that team Malta will undergo an intensive preparation for the next edition.

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