Turu’s Knights shock okmalta.com with 6 – 2 victory

Monday, April 25, 2011, 21:56

Week twelve from eighteen in the current MSC Life National League saw a surprising 6 – 2 defeat for leaders okmalta.com at the hands of eighth placed Turu’s Knights. This allowed closest challengers Ramis to close the difference on the top spot to just two points, after they took all eight against Middlesea Insurance. Third placed Fina also took six from The Clan this week, as did Grolsch against Royal Shock, while Gladiators managed a full-point win over Salitos.

Turu’s Knights are now twelve points clear of the relegation zone, thanks to a memorable 2 – 6 over league leaders okmalta.com this week. The clash got off to an ominous start for the Knights, who went down 803 – 717, but then okmalta.com suffered a game two collapse, losing it 673 – 810 to allow their opponents right back into the running. Turu’s Knights we keen to capitalize, and easily took the deciding third game 716 – 814 to take the series points by 149 pins (2192 – 2341) for the match. Ramon Casha (Turu’s Knights), 614, male bowler of the week. Neil Sullivan (okmalta.com) 589.

Okmalta.com’s below-par showing gave Ramis a golden opportunity to do some catching up, as they faced Division I weakest links, Middlesea Insurance plc. The encounter ended in an unsurprising whitewash in Ramis’ favour, starting with a convincing 748 – 823 game one win, and followed by a 725 – 755 game two win to go four ahead. The match ended with a poor 624 – 736 third game win to seal all eight for Ramis, bringing them within just two points of the top spot. Rankin Camilleri (Ramis), 608. Pamela Demanuele (Middlesea Insurance), 512.

Fina still have a mountain to climb to stake any claim on the top two spots, but were 6 – 2 winners against The Clan this week to keep them inside a fourteen point range, with a further six weeks still to play. Fina were abysmal in the first of the series, losing it 662 – 738 to give The Clan the early lead, but were quick to bounce back with a 789 – 703 game two win to square the match. That put Fina firmly back in the driving seat, and a comfortable 815 – 709 game in the third was to hand them the match. Danial Swift (Fina), 596. Giancarlo Tolu (The Clan), 519.

Division I survival looks ever more likely for the Gladiators, especially after their full point victory over Salitos in week twelve, which takes them into seventh place. Salitos did not give them too much to worry about in game one which ended 736 – 797, and Gladiators made it look even easier in game two, which they took 660 – 776 to go four ahead. Those results gave Gladiators a 177 advantage going into game three, which they bagged with a 670 – 702 score line to make sure of an easy eight. James Gauci Borda (Gladiators), 568. Benny Hili (Salitos), 537.

Grolsch managed to heave themselves off the bottom of the table this week, thanks to a six point win against fourth team, Royal Shock. It was the latter who took the early lead as the opener went 808 – 715 in their favour. In another sharp turnaround, the Shockers fought back to win game two 673 – 810 and make it 2 – 2, and then made sure of the majority share with a 716 – 814 game three win. Joe Cassar (Royal Shock), 532. Melissa Swift (Grolsch), 601, female bowler of the week.

Bowlers of the Week:

Ramon Casha (Turu’s Knights), 614

Melissa Swift (Grolsch), 601

Standings – MSV Life National Division I, Week 12

okmalta.com – 78, Ramis – 76, Fina – 62, Royal Shock – 52, The Clan – 44, Salitos – 42, Gladiators – 40, Turu’s Knights – 38, Grolsch – 26, Middlesea Insurance – 22

Standings – MSV Life National Division II, Week 13

HSBC – 82, Spare Me PLZ – 66, MIA – 62, BOV – 60, Supreme – 56, Blitzkrieg – 50, J Grima & Co – 48, One4All – 39, Vintage – 32, Touch of Class – 25

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