TEN PIN BOWLING : MSV Life National League, week 17

Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:35

After seventeen long weeks of competition, fate would demand that the MSV Life National League title must go down to the wire, to be decided in a winner-takes-all clash between joint leaders, Ramis and okmalta.com in the final match of the season. Bowlers on Strike are third and will face Turu’s Knights in week eighteen, in an effort to keep their trophy position out of the clutched of fourth placed Fina, who will play J Grima & Co in their last outing of the season. Rogantino’s are fifth, but still have a remote chance of stealing third place should they take all eight against relegated Bank of Valletta, but the other results must go in their favour for that to happen.

Week seventeen saw a continuance of the deadlock at the top of Division I, with both Ramis and okmalta.com claiming identical majority victories. Ramis met Rogantino’s in their clash and quickly went 2 – 0 down as the latter won the close opener, 755 – 742. It was all square after two as Ramis responded with a good 700 – 812 win, and then also took the third and final game with a 666 – 811 score line for a 2 – 6 match win. Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 723, male bowler of the week. Malcolm Pace (Rogantino’s Restaurant), 607. Okmalta.com also suffered an early disadvantage, losing the opener in their match against Bowlers on Strike, 678 – 701. In a story similar to that of their table-top rivals Ramis, they then fought back to claim a 759 – 694 equalizer in game two, and then make sure of the lion’s share of the spoils with a hard earned 6 – 2 victory. Neil Sullivan (okmalta.com), 626. Alan Borg (Bowlers on Strike), 555. Fina are now four points behind Bowlers in Strike in fourth place, after beating week seventeen opposition, The Clan in a 2 – 6 score line. Fina opened strongly, rolling the team game of the week for a 742 – 855 game one victory, and they then doubled their lead to four points with a 690 – 777 win in game two. Just as both sides must have been sure of a hefty whitewash in Fina’s favour, they seemed to lose the plot, allowing The Clan a two point share with a sloppy 730 – 667 game three loss, 2 – 6 the final score. Mark Muscat (Fina), 601. Giancarlo Tolu (The Clan), 596. J Grima & Co pulled off an eight-point shocker in their mid-table match against Turu’s Knights, in another very disappointing week for the losing side. There was never a lot to separate the two sides as J Grima & Co opened their account with a 726 – 761 game one victory, and then doubled up by taking game two 722 – 731. Even as the winning team dropped to a low 715 in the last of the series, the Knights could do nothing to capitalize, going down 0 – 8 thanks to their poor 698 effort. Benny Hili (J Grima & Co) 583. Ramon Casha (Turu’s Knights), 552.

Bottom side Bank of Valletta were relegated, numerically, several weeks back in the season but managed to pull off a 2 – 6 victory in week seventeen, much to the chagrin of opponents St James Hospital. The ill-fated Bankers opened with an easy 630 – 789 for the early lead, but it was level after a sloppy game two, which fell to St James Hospital, 704 – 681. Bank of Valletta came back to win the third 620 – 795, to make sure of the match win. James Grech (Bank of Valletta), 551.

Bowlers of the Week:

Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 723

Joanna Attard (Ramis), 557

MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 17 of 18

Ramis – 106, Okmalta.com – 106, Bowlers on Strike – 82, Fina – 78, Rogantino’s Restaurant – 74, Turu’s Knights – 60, J Grima & Co – 58, St. James Hospital – 50, The Clan – 36 (R), Bank of Valletta – 30 (R)

MSV Life Division II Standings: Week 20 of 22

Malta Int Airport – 126 (champions), Blitzkrieg – 105, Gladiators – 102, X S – 96, Vintage – 93, Supreme – 89, Atlas Insurance – 78, Kiwis – 70, Touch of Class – 59, BOV – 59, One 4 All – 51, Still Around – 32

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