MSV Life national bowling league kicks off
Just a month after claiming their latest MSV Life National League crown, okmalta.com are back to defend their title as the new Winter season has gotten underway at the Eden SuperBowl.
The new champions got off to a dream start, claiming an easy 8 – 0 victory against newly promoted Bank of Valletta to go top, although Turu’s Knights are level on eight points thanks to a similar win against The Clan. St. James Hospital shocked last season’s runners up, Fina in a 2 – 6 score line, while there were four-all draws in the clashes, Rogantino’s vs J Grima & Co, and Ramis vs Bowlers On Strike.
Okmalta.com couldn’t have asked for a better start to their title defence campaign with an impressive full point win over Bank of Valletta, who have only just achieved promotion to the top flight from Division II. Okmalta.com pummelled their lesser opponents in an 860 – 713 opening game, before scoring even better in game two, going four up with a 883 – 739 win. Game three’s pace slowed a little, but okmalta.com still managed to deliver the knock-out blow, the 787 – 650 result sealing all eight points for the champions.
Turu’s Knights were the only other Division I outfit to take all eight from their opening night clash, with The Clan ending up on the losing side. It was a cagy match, with a very close opening game which fell to the Knights by just seven pins (757 – 764). Game two did little to lessen the tension, close again, Turu’s doubling their lead with a 720 – 742 win, before rounding off the whitewash with an easier 717 – 785 finale.
St. James Hospital are third after week one, thanks to a 2 – 6 win against a sub-standard Fina side. It was a scrappy affair on both parts, with St. James taking the early lead with an uninspiring 703 – 722 game one win. Game two saw Fina only just manage to draw level, with a 738 – 733 equalizer. Game three was another tight game which could have handed the match to either team, but it was to be St. James Hospital’s night as they clichéd it 728 – 747 for the series.
Rogantino’s Restaurant vs J Grima & Co produced the first of two 4 – 4 draws in the opening week of the new season. Again, it was rather poor fare, with J Grima & Co taking game one by a mere three pins, 690 – 693, and they also won the marginally better second game, 736 – 748. Rogantino’s then struggled back with a 735 – 697 game three win, stealing the series points to force the draw (2161 – 2138).
The second week one stalemate was between Ramis and Bowlers on Strike, who also both left with an equal share of the match spoils. The opener was a thriller, with Bowlers On Strike just edging it the 774 – 784 score line, and they also won the more sedate second game, 640 – 675 to make it 0 – 4. Ramis then responded with a 99 pin advantage in their game three win (794 – 695), meaning they nicked the series points by some 54 pins (2208 – 2154) for the tie.