Ten-Pin Bowling: Okmalta.com set their sights on league title for 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 15:01

Gavin Muscat

With only two weeks of the MSV Life National 1st Division left to play, the leadership battle has taken a decisive twist in favour of Okmalta.com, who are now a step away from defending their title by virtue of a 14 point lead on second placed RAMIS and with only 16 points still at stake.

Okmalta.com had no problem despatching relegation battlers Supreme with a comfortable 8-0 win, the latter only providing noteworthy opposition in the last game of the tie (731-715). Dennis Mercieca was the best bowler of the match with a 611 series.

All pressure was on second placed RAMIS to keep up the pace. They took on their all-time rivals FINA. This was the match of the week, with high scores and drama. Despite Ramis playing well, Fina produced one of the best team performances of recent times, posting excellent games of 849, 867 and a huge 969 to dust off Ramis’ challenge and consolidate 3rd place in an otherwise disappointing season by their standards. Star of the match was Justin Caruana Scicluna for Fina with a formidable 717 series.

In other games, silverware hopefuls Turu’s Knights kept their hopes alive for 3rd place with a 6-2 win over mid-table Yobetit, whereas Royal Shock eased their unusual relegation fears with a 6-2 win over 5th placed XS.

The match between bottom sides MIA and Brutal Legendz has been postponed. A win for MIA would give them a fighting chance to survive the drop and would all but seal Brutal’s fate for relegation.

In Division Two, it has all gone down to the wire as the top three teams (Strike Me, J.Grima and Co. Ltd and Bank of Valletta) are within two points of each other going into the final week.

In Division Three, One 4 All have sealed their promotion back to Division Two with two games in hand. The battle for the second promotion spot will be between Atlas Insurance and Scotsman Pub.

Bowlers of the week

Male: Justin Caruana Scicluna – Fina (717)

Ladies:  Sue Abela – Fina (682)

Justin Caruana Scicluna u Sue Abela

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