Ten Pin Bowling … results of Week 14

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 9:39

Fina claim sole full point win to increase top flight lead

Copycat majority victories for chasers Ramis, okmalta.com


The MSV Life National Leagues have whipped through no less that fourteen from a total of eighteen weekly fixture lists at the SuperBowl, where Fina managed to extend their Div I lead to eight points, thanks to their bagging the only full-point win of the week, against fourth placed Royal Shock. Defending champs okmalta.com won 6 – 2 against MIA, as did third placed okmalta.com to the detriment of HepO2 Acorn. Bottom side Gladiators appear to be in freefall, heading for relegation after a 2 – 6 loss against St. James Hospital, as Bowlers on Strike also went down 2 – 6 at the hands of Turu’s Knights.

Ten points separate the top three teams in Division I, but with 32 match points still up for grabs, anything can happen in the final four weeks of the season. Fina are top of the crop, eight points ahead after their 0 – 8 win against Royal Shock. Fina displayed classic form as they tore into their opponents, shooting a 2546 team series which is the highest of the season so far. Royal Shock certainly didn’t give a poor performance, but were reduced to virtual spectators by their formidable opponents, as the match progressed; 767 – 886, 672 – 831, 727 – 829. Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 656, male bowler of the week. Clive Farrugia (Royal Shock), 564.

Last season’s champions, second placed Ramis dropped two important points in their victory over a struggling MIA outfit, in what was far from their best effort. They were first on the scoreboard with a 741 – 703 opening victory, before they slipped to a very poor 703 second game, allowing MIA to bite back with a 732 match leveller. The encounter was wide open as the deciding third game began, falling 746 – 695 to Ramis to seal the match for them (2190 – 2130). Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 630. Steve Cassar (MIA), 620.

Okmalta.com are bringing up the rear in the top three, who have opened up a twelve point gap over the rest of the field. They too were 6 – 2 winners in week fourteen, against sixth place HepO2 Acorn. Game one could have gone either way, and it was HepO2 Acorn who clinched it by just ten pins (763 – 773) for the early lead. Game two was very different, with 100 pins separating the two sides (775 – 675), meaning that okmalta.com drew level on points, and took a 90 pin advantage into game three. They then won game three with a 739 – 674 score line to easily take the series and so the match (2277 – 2122). Mauro Anastasi (okmalta.com), 619. Emanuel Saliba (HepO2 Acorn), 533.

St. James Hospital gave a boost to their survival campaign, coming out on the better end of a 2 – 6 score line in their clash with bottom side, Gladiators. The won the opener with little issue (712 – 776), before losing their advantage with defeat in a poor second game, which went 707 – 642 to Gladiators. The was little between the two outfits as the decider rolled off, with both teams plugging for the win, but the honours stayed with St. James who clinched victory with a 755 – 779 final win. Helenio Grech (St. James Hospital), 599. Chris Galea (Gladiators), 525.

There was similar to-ing and fro-ing in the match, Bowlers on Strike vs Turu’s Knights, from which the latter emerged the 2 – 6 victors. The Knights drew first blood with a 742 – 767 opening win, but yet again it was all square after two, with Bowlers on Strike bagging a very tight 681 – 678 equalizer. The tables turned once more in game three, which went to Turu’s Knights, 696 – 732. Philippe Vancell (Turu’s Knights), 540. Claude Camilleri (Bowlers on Strike), 543.


Bowlers of the Week:

Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 656

Sue Abela (Fina), 621


MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 14

Fina – 92, Ramis – 84, okmalta.com – 82, Royal Shock – 70, Turu’s Knights – 56, HepO2 Acorn – 44, Bowlers on Strike – 44, St. James Hospital – 32, MIA – 22, Gladiators – 22,


MSV Life Division II: Week 15

The Clan – 90, Blitzkrieg – 84, X S – 80, Bank of Valletta – 78, Vintage – 66, Supreme – 52, BOV – 48, Atlas Insurance – 44, Touch of Class – 40, Ready Steady Bowl – 15

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