Week 14 of the National Bowling League was phenomenal, in that there were a pair of matching perfect games (300 score), something which has never occurred in the same league week.

The bowlers concerned were Justin Caruana Scicluna, and Mauro Anastasi, who play for rival teams Fina and okmalta.com respectively. Okmalta.com picked up a draw against Royal Shock thanks to Mauro’s achievement, while Fina were 6 – 2 winners against X S.

Ramis drop to third after another 4 – 4 draw with Turu’s Knights, while Blitzkrieg picked up the only full point win of the week against a weakened Pin Strikers side. Malta International Airport moved closer to top flight safety, thanks to their 2 – 6 win against Supreme.

Justin Caruana Scicluna’s staggering 10th career 30 came in the second game of Fina’s 6 – 2 win over XS, who actually took the early lead with a 664 – 698 game one win.

Then in game two, Justin’s 12 straight strikes for 300 #10 was the highlight of a solid team effort, helping Fina to a convincing 928 – 722 equalizing win. That placed Fina 172 pins ahead on the set, heading into the final game, which they won 795 – 744 for the match, with Justin completing a solid 671 series. Sara Xuereb (XS), 586.

Just like Caruana Scicluna, okmalta.com’s Mauro Anastasi also shot a 671 series, but his magical 300 game (4th in career, 2nd official) came in the last of the series, and proved to be crucial for his side to pick up the 4-all draw.

Royal Shock had begun their clash with the league leaders bursting with confidence, easily taking the opener 759 – 858, before then doubling their advantage with a sound 779 – 821 game two win.

With a lead of 141 pins heading into game three, Royal Shock felt sure of victory and were aiming for all eight points, however they were in for a rather rude awakening, as okmalta.com staged a game three comeback, thanks mainly to Mauro’s superb effort.

They won it 962 – 770 and so also claimed the series points (2500 – 2449), to force the draw. Neil Sullivan (okmalta.com), 676, Male Bowler of the Week. Pierre Yves Galea (Royal Shock), 637.

Ramis dropped below Fina to third this week as they could only manage a 4 – 4 draw in their match against Turu’s Knights. The first two games were tight, with Ramis taking the first of the series 752 – 764, and then also the second game, 802 – 821 for a shaky 31 pin lead on the series.

Then the Knights battled back to win game three 801 – 717 to deny Ramis of victory and clinch the draw (series 2355 – 2302). Paul Baldacchino (Ramis), 586. Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 622, Female Bowler of the Week.

Blitzkrieg were the only side to bag a full point victory in week their 14 encounter with bottom side Pin Strikers, however the winners are still eight points adrift of Div I survival. Pin Strikers had to play a man short through injury, taking a mandatory 120 ‘blind’ score per game for the missing bowler.

That made things a little easier for Blitzkrieg, who took all three games for the 0 – 8 win as follows: 663 – 696, 698 – 772, 590 – 715. Gunther Micallef Decesare, (Blitzkrieg), 555. Michaela Briffa (Pin Strikers), 508.

Malta International Airport are now twelve points clear of the relegation spots, rising above their latest opponents Supreme, with a 2 – 6 victory. Supreme earned the early points with a close 752 – 733 opening win, but it was all square after two as MIA responded with a better 638 – 747 leveller.

They also won game three with a 647 – 694 score line for the match. Aaron Belli (MIA), 564. Tony Paris (Supreme), 536.

Bowlers of the Week:
Neil Sullivan, (okmalta.com), 676
Tiziana Carannante, (Turu’s Knights), 622

Division I Standings: Week 14
okmalta.com – 92, Fina – 84, Ramis – 84, XS – 58, Turu’s Knights – 57, Royal Shock – 50, Malta International Airport – 44, Supreme – 40, Blitzkrieg – 32, Pin Strikers – 19

Division II Standings: Week 16
YoBetit – 102, JDS’ Brutal Legendz – 93, Strike Me – 78, Bank of Valletta – 74, J Grima & Co – 72, BOV – 71, Vintage – 58, SuperSonic – 48, 4-Play – 30, The Scotsman Pub – 14
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