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BRONZE FOR MALTA'S DUO

Play continued on Thursday morning in the 18th Mediterranean Championships being held in Chania, Crete, with twelve teams competing in the Men’s Doubles Event, which brought Malta’s first silverware of the tournament, by claiming a bronze medal for the pairing of Mauro Anastasi and Mark Spiteri.

The Maltese pair got off to a modest start with a 377 start, including a low 164 from Anastasi who may have imagined another nightmare start as he’s had in the previous day’s Single Event. He managed to dispel that fear with a good 200 in game two however, aided by a 184 from Spiteri for a better 384 team effort.

After a 380 in game three Team Malta were still out of the medal positions, and knew that they had to start hitting the 400 mark over the back three, in order to have a chance of a place on the podium.

A 396 in the fourth lifted them to sixth place, and then Anastasi and Spiteri both went 200+ in the fifth, their 403 joint effort moving them up to fourth place, as Greece, Cyprus and Italy held the top spots with just one game remaining.

That would be Malta’s best of the set, a 408 game (232 Spiteri, 176 Anastasi) for a 2348 final tally, which may not have been enough on any other day, had the Cypriot pair not had a final-game meltdown, rolling a disastrous 292 to fall back to sixth place, and so reward Mauro and Mark with third place and the Bronze.

This spurred a spontaneous celebration among the whole Maltese contingent, with Anastasi visibly overcome with joy, and relief after his rollercoaster of a performance so far this week.

Home team Greece claimed the Gold medal on 2363 pins, with Italy taking second place on 2377. This puts Greece level with Malta on 34 Golds in the medals history, but top of the table due to their having taken more Silver and Bronze medals over the years. Malta can still retake their 17 year lead this week, as play continues with the Ladies’ Doubles on Thursday afternoon, and then the Mixed Doubles, Four-Man Team Event and finally the Masters Finals on Saturday.

Ladies Event: Hopes of 2nd medal dashed for Abela, Carannante

Malta’s female duo, Sue Abela and Tiziana Carannante looked like contenders for at least another Bronze in this afternoon’s Ladies Doubles event, as they matched each other over the first four games, to lie third on 1560 (399-373-372-416) behind Italy and Israel.

They then suffered a low 341 in game five, while the likes of Turkey, Slovenia and Croatia all shot well over 400 pins apiece.

The Maltese girls rallied to a 399 in the sixth and final game, but the damage had already been done and they had to settle for sixth place on a 2300 total (Abela 1198, Carannante 1102). Italy wone the event on 2424, with Israel taking Silver on 2387 while third place went to Turkey on 2363.
 
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