Heavy defeat for champions Ramis, against okmalta.com
The MSV Life National League is back at the SuperBowl after the Summer recess, with week six producing a full point victory for okmalta.com over champions Ramis, for the former to knock the latter off the Division I top spot. Second placed Fina were also big winners against HepO2 Acorn, while strugglers MIA went down 2 – 6 to Turu’s Knights, Bowlers on Strike bagged a 6 – 2 win against Gladiators, and Royal Shock won 0 – 6, bowling unopposed as opposite team, St. James Hospital were a no-show.
Ramis displayed precious little of their championship ways of last season, offering barely any resistance in a 0 – 8 defeat at the hands of okmalta.com, who now replace Ramis top of the league as a result of the victory. The tone of the match was set early on, with okmalta.com claiming a 667 – 745 game one win. Things got better for them in game two, and worse for the champions as game two went 632 – 794 to okmalta.com, before the final coup de grace was dealt in game three, which finished 714 – 801 to complete the rout. Neil Sullivan (okmalta.com), 612. Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 525.
Fina are two points down on the leaders in second place, having taken HepO2 Acorn apart in their week six fixture. They started off with an easy 754 – 674 win to take an early lead, but game two was a lot closer with Fina just stealing it by a mere eight pins, 728 – 720 the game score. Fina produced their best of the night in game three, the 811 – 712 finale completing the hat trick. Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 613, male bowler of the week. Sammy Borg (HepO2 Acorn), 529.
Bottom side MIA finally broke their duck this week, picking up their first points of the season in the opening game of their match against Turu’s Knights (745 – 721). Team celebrations were short lived, however, as the Knights responded with a 688 – 721 equalizer in game two, before taking the match with a 677 – 704 win in the third, or a 2 – 6 final result in their favour. Melissa Swift (Turu’s Knights), 532. Steve Cassar (MIA), 514.
Gladiators got off to a nightmarish start against Bowlers on Strike, forced to play the first game of the set a man short (blind score of 120 applied), losing it with a hefty 101 pin deficit (677 – 576). Gladiator number four made it in time for game two, but it wasn’t enough to stop Bowlers on Strike going 4 – 0 ahead with a 799 – 700 win. Down but not out, the Gladiators finally made the score board in game three, taking it 699 – 760 for their two point share of the spoils. Stephanie Said (Bowlers on Strike), 573, female bowler of the week.
Bowling unopposed meant that Royal Shock, according to league rules, had to play each game to within 40 pins of their team average, in order to be awarded the points. Their 683 effort in the first of the series fell shy of that, but better games of 765 and 746 respectively in the second and third helped them on to ‘win’ the match 0 – 6. Joe Cassar, 578.