Fina’s were crowned Ten Pin Bowling National League champions with two games remaining after playing out a 4-4 draw with nearest rivals Okmalta.com.

Third placed Ramis narrowed the gap on second place to eight points by beating Malta International Airport, while Turu’s Knights bagged a similar victory over Royal Shock.

Elsewhere, Bello Aluminium came out as 6 – 2 winners over Supreme, and The Clan were 8 – 0 victors against J Grima & Co. Neither of the two relegations spots are yet confirmed, with no fewer than five teams still possible candidates for the drop.

Fina only needed four points from a possible 24 remaining going into their week 16 clash with arch rivals and defending champions okmalta.com, who were still in with a very slim mathematical chance of retaining their title.

Game one was close, giving the early lead to okmalta.com with a 748 – 762 score line, but that was soon cancelled out by an 802 – 777 equalizer from Fina in game two.

Fina were half way to glory needing just two more points, which they finally clinched in nerve wracking fashion, losing the third game 772 – 777, but winning the series by a mere six pins (2322 – 2316) to force the draw, and claim the league title. Justin C Scicluna (Fina), 657, male bowler of the week. Mauro Anastasi (okmalta.com), 620.

Ramis are sure of at least third place at season’s end, but edged four points closer to the second spot with a good 8 – 0 hammering of Malta International Airport, who now occupy the second relegation spot as a result.

Ramis faced little competition over the three-set, which progressed: 742 – 684, 810 – 688, 799 – 685. Ramis are now eight points down on Ramis in second place, with 16 points still up for grabs. Joanna Attard (Ramis), 612. Steve Cassar (MIA), 541.

Turu’s Knights have put a damaging mid-season slump firmly behind them, with an excellent 0 – 8 win against Royal Shock, wherein they also rolled the top series of the week on 2450 pins.

The Knights were in battling spirit as they opened with a 728 – 784 early win, and then easily went four ahead with a big 683 – 834 win in game two.

They were on a roll and Royal Shock couldn’t get a look in as the 739 – 832 game three result completed the rout. Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 631, female bowler of the week. Joe Cassar (Royal Shock), 526.

The Clan made a valuable step towards Division I survival in week 16 with a sound 8 – 0 over J Grima & Co, a result which lifts the winners to just above the relegation positions, and sends the losers to the very foot of the table.

The Clan started very strongly, shooting the game of the week to win 854 – 655, and then made it 4 – 0 with a much closer 721 – 711 game two win. J Grima & Co couldn’t find the inspiration to claw anything back from their losing position, and went down 733 – 691 in game one to hand all eight to their opponents. Clayton Zammit (The Clan), 561. Sammy Borg (J Grima & Co), 501.

Bello Aluminium came out on the right side of a 6 – 2 result against Supreme, but with a 54 point tally they are still not entirely out of the relegation woods. Bello opened with a 742 – 696 game one victory, and then doubled their advantage with a solid 770 – 693 win in game two.

Game three saw quite a reversal of fortunes, as Supreme came back to steal a two point share with a 635 – 711 win in the third. Cole Cooper (Bello Aluminium), 533. Ernest Agius/Anthony Paris (Supreme), 543.

Bowlers of the Week:
Justin Caruana Scicluna, (Fina), 657
Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 631

Division I Standings: Week 16
Fina – 112, Okmalta.com – 92, Ramis – 84, Turu’s Knights – 66, Royal Shock – 58, Bello Aluminium – 54, Supreme – 50, The Clan – 46, Malta International Airport – 42, J Grima & Co – 36

Division II Standings: Week 16
XS Vitel – 82, Blitzkrieg – 77, Pin Strikers – 72 (bye team – did not bowl), Brutal Legendz – 62, Mean Machine – 58, BOV – 57, Bank of Valletta – 38, Vintage – 36, Ready Steady Bowl – 28
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