Ten Pin Bowling: MSV Life National League Week 2

Friday, January 23, 2015, 13:14

Fina, okmalta.com neck-and-neck after matching wins

Week two of the new MSV Life National League saw a matching pair of full point wins for leaders Fina, and two-time champions okmalta.com, against Malta International Airport and J Grima & Co respectively. The two are level on maximum points (16), although Fina lead thanks to two very high scoring performances to get their title challenge off to a perfect start. Turu’s Knights also took all eight points with an excellent win against sure contenders, Ramis, while Royal Shock came out on top in a majority win over Supreme (2 – 6). The march between Bello Aluminium and The Clan ended in a four-all draw.

After breaking the national record for a team game in their week one victory, Fina were back out in fine form for their week two clash with Malta International Airport. A convincing 815 – 696 opening win for the league leaders would prove to be their lowest effort of the evening, as Fina went on to win the second 842 – 749, and improve again for an 877 – 694 final game to complete the whitewash. Sue Abela (Fina), 661 – overall bowler of the week. Steve Cassar (MIA), 549.

Double champions okmalta.com are lagging behind Fina purely on total pins, matching their 100% win record with an 8 – 0 pummelling of J Grima & Co, who are yet to pick up a point in the new campaign. The champions opened with a good 806 – 752 winner, but almost dropped points in game two which they clinched by a mere four pins (734 – 730). J Grima & Co dropped the pace a little in the last game of the set, losing it 778 – 687 to confirm all eight for okmalta.com. Mauro Anastasi (okmalta.com), 599. Benny Hili (J Grima & Co), 569.

Turu’s Knights may well take the prize for their competitive enthusiasm, which paid of with an inspired 8 – 0 thrashing of Ramis in week two. Ramis struggled to settle over the first two games, losing them 746 – 719 and 821 – 683 respectively, handing a 4 – 0 lead to the Knights. They seemed to find their feet in game three, but were pipped by just two pins (762 – 760), to miss out on any share of the points as their opponents secured joint-third place. Danial Swift (Turu’s Knights), 646. Paul Baldacchino (Ramis), 617.

Royal Shock are level with Turu’s Knights on twelve, after their second consecutive six point victory, this time over Supreme. It wasn’t a high scoring affair, with Royal Shock winning game one 676 – 722, and then improving to win the second 733 – 768 to go four ahead. They then slipped up in the last of the series, gifting Supreme with a 720 – 703 victory, and a quarter share of the spoils. Pierre Yves Galea (Royal Shock), 571. Frans Vella (Supreme), 518.

There was a four all draw in the week two encounter between Bello Aluminium and The Clan, with the latter very grateful of a big game two win to clinch the series points. Bello Aluminium bagged the unimpressive starter 692 – 643, but then The Clan’s salvation came in the form of a one-sided 643 – 863 win in the second. Bello Aluminium responded with a 725 – 680 game three win, but the series points belonged to The Clan to force the draw (2060 – 2186). Cole Cooper (Bello Aluminium), 552. Marthese Cossai (The Clan), 539.


Bowlers of the Week:

Justin Caruana Scicluna, (Fina), 651

Sue Abela (Fina), 661


MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 2

Fina – 16, Okmalta.com – 16, Royal Shock – 12, Turu’s Knights – 12, Ramis – 8, Bello Aluminium – 8, The Clan – 4, Malta International Airport – 2, Supreme – 2, J Grima & Co – 0


MSV Life Division II Standings: Week 1

Pin Strikers – 8, Blitzkrieg – 8, BOV – 6, Ready Steady Bowl – 6, Vintage – 2, Bank of Valletta – 2, Mean Machine – 0, Brutal Legendz – 0, XS Vitel – 0 (drawn against bye team – did not play)

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