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ABELA, ANASTASI DENIED MEDALS IN FINAL GAME

Friday saw the Mixed Doubles event at the 18th Mediterranean Champions being held in Chania Group, with Malta being represented by Tiziana Carannante and Mark Spiteri (Malta 1), and Sue Abela and Mauro Anastasi (Malta 2), competing in two consecutive squads.

After a bronze for Anastasi and Spiteri in Thursday’s Men’s Doubles event, Team Malta were looking to at least match that in the Mixed event, if not improve upon it.

Success seemed a long way off for Malta 1 in the early session however, in spite of a bright 388 start in game one. Game two then saw Mark Spiteri drop to an uncharacteristically poor 136 to drag the team down to an awful 325, in spite of Carannante’s good 189 effort.

Game three was low again at 358, and the pair knew they had it all to do in the second set of three games to be anywhere near the medal positions.

Game four was better at 385, and Malta 1’s spirits were further lifted by a 381 in game five, which put them back in touch with the top section. But then all hope was shattered as the duo registered a terrible 315 in game six, which saw them plummet through the standings for a final 15th position.

All hopes were then pinned on Malta 2 in the afternoon squad, whose initial 365 was then turned around by a solid 438 in game two, to place the Abela-Anastasi combo right in with the contenders.

Sue Abela was showing typical strength, following her 200-224 first two with a 228 in game three. Her partner faltered to a poor 145 however, dropping the game total to 373.

Things were looking up again in game four, as both went 200+ for a 414 total, followed by a straight 400 including a 219 from Anastasi. That left them in the Silver position with one game to go, and with a realistic shot at the top two spots.

However the shots just would not come for either bowler, and their were no lucky breaks to be had, Abela shooting a low and rare 165, while a 169 from Anastasi giving them a 334 game.

That knocked Malta 2 right back to seventh place on 2324 pins, while the event was won by Turkey 2 on 2416, with Italy 1 clinching Silver on 2390, and a Bronze for Slovenia 2 on 2375 pins.
 
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