Team XXX survive Kuwait Energy scare Street Bowlers sweep Alfarisy Strikers

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 20: The round robin matches of Season-3 Indian Bowling League (IBL) over the weekend continued with Kuwait Energy edging out Team XXX 15-5 in the opening game at the 360 Mall Bowling room.
Kuwait Energy surprised everyone when they won the first game of their encounter against team XXX with 733 pinfalls and 5 points as against 582 pinfalls for XXX. The opening shocker forced XXX back onto the drawing board for strategy review and that seemed to work out for them as they came back to win the second game with relative ease with 755 pinfalls and 5 points, making the results at that stage a 5-5 tie.

Still fresh with that momentum, XXX went on to win the third game but with only a 10 pinfall difference which by the rules of the game, the winner should be Kuwait Energy as they garnered far more points in game one than XXX. The result therefore stood at 15-5 in favor of Kuwait Energy. Top scorers for Kuwait Energy were Saloua Salaheddine who also won the high game with handicap. Ravi Narayan, Amira Bassem and Rabab Magdy also chipped in with some pinfall scores. Team XXX was paced by Mudassir Tungekar and Saheer Abbas who scored 158, 168 and 174 respectively.


On another lane, Street Bowlers downed Alfarisy Strikers in the next match winning all three games with a pinfall haul of 2303 and 15 points against 2116 pinfalls for Strikers. Aqeel Farisy scored 199, Joe White 199, Jr Sabado 202 and Saleh Fahad Hajras 205 in the Strikers win. Sree Kumar Mankuzy was the star player for Street Bowlers.


The match between Alley Masters and Bowling Wizards, both currently ranked second and third on the table, was one of the most exciting encounters of the day with highly skilled and seasoned players featuring on both sides. It was a ding-dong affair as Mehrdad Tabibzadeh for Alley Masters with his pinpoint accuracy led his side to a clear first game win, 841 pinsfalls and 5 points against 797 for the Wizards. But round two was a different story as a Wizards rally scripted by Nasha King, Nourie Amiri and Saud Khalid handed the side 773 falls and 5 points against 752 for Masters. Buoyed by the round two win, the Wizards pressed on to win the third and final game 756-717, gaining 5 points in that round to make their overall pinfall haul 2326 with 20 points as against Alley Masters’ 2310 and 5 points. Nasha King scored 191, Nourie Amiri 215 and Saud Khalid 212 in the Wizards’ win.


In the fourth match, New Stars bounced back from a first round loss to win the subsequent two rounds 2195-2190 pinfalls against a feisty but stunned Spare-Us side. New Stars roped in just 690 total pinfalls in game one and Spare Us 736. After a few adjustments in the line up New Stars came in with a good game from Yousuf Ghadanfar who shot 178 to hand his side a total pinfalls of 771 and 5 points leaving Spare Us with 746 pinfalls.
The third and final game was again taken by the New Stars youngsters Hussein Ghadanfar with 158 and Fawaz Al Busseri with 171 culminating in a total pinfalls of 734 and 5 points leaving Spare Us wondering what happened as they were limited to a total pinfalls of 708. The New Stars also took the overall with 2195 and 20 points leaving Spare Us with an overall pinfalls of 2190 and just 5 points. High Scorer’s for Spare Us were Anthony King and Colin Costa.


Up and coming stars Android Rollers lost their game against the highly experienced side Al Qwassem 2216-2109 pins and 20-5 points. Al Qwassem won the initial game then Android Rollers with a revamped team including two 14 year-olds, roared back to win the second round narrowly beating their experienced opponents with just 3 pinfall difference, 715-712. Al Qwassem went on to win the final game 739-701 with a total haul of 2216 against 2109 for the Rollers, Fadel Qwassem with 226, 200, Aziz Aslawi 214 and Aseel Roumi 190 in the win. Joel Fernandes with a total of 351was the gem of the Rollers side.
Dubop wasted no time against the newbies Lane Surferzz in game one and two and came out winning with a total pinfall of 757 and 694. In the final game Lane Surferzz took their game more seriously and played amazingly and not only did they win game three but they also won the overall game with a total pinfall of 2229 and 15 points leaving Dubop with just 10 points and a total pinfall of 2156.


Bowling Stones wasted no time as they unleashed their venom on newbies Hope in all three games winning all with a total pinfalls of 2219 and 25 points in hand. Hope ended up with a grand total pinfall of 1989 and zero points. Having a player short they couldn’t put their game together as planned. Main Scorer’s for Bowling Stones were Leroy Rodrigues with 157 - 166 and Jerry Picardo 155. Despite having a one player short Hope played on with their top scorer Abdullah Khamis with 133, 123, 137 and Mohammed Al Hoti 121, 122 and Aziz Al Saad 120.
With two weeks left for the end of the round robin stage of the tournament, the various teams are trying hard to stay in the top seven where they’d have good prospects of winning handsome cash prizes and medals at the finals. The bottom seven will also be locked in a contest of their own to determine the best among them. The finals will be played 18th and 25th January after a doubles tournament slated for 11th January, 2013.

IBL Weekly Standings
Rank    Team    Points
1    Alfarisy  Strikers    230
2    Alley Masters    227.5
3    Bowling Wizards    210
4    Android Rollers    205
5    Al Qwassem    187.5
6    Bowling Stones    145
7    Spare Us    132.5
8    XXX    130
9    Street Bowlers    115
10    Lane Surferzz    115
11    Kuwait Energy    90
12    The New Stars    75
13    Dubop    67.5
14    Hope    55
 


By: Iddris Seidu

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