KUWAIT CITY, April 7: Past the halfway mark of the ongoing elimination round of the 2016 FTBK-Bahrain Exchange Company Tenpin Bowling Team Tournament being held at the 16-lane Cozmo Entertainment Bowling Center in Salmiya, a razor sharp Klasmeyts NLB Corporation pin busters affirmed their status as title contenders as they vanquished the tournament’s defending champions World Class keglers in one of the scheduled sixth round matches of this event organized by the Filipino Tenpin Bowlers Kuwait and sponsored by Bahrain Exchange Company. Not to be overlooked was the equally superb performance of the DMDA Bowleros who blanked the D’ Islanders four games to none en-route a lopsided victory. The other teams who booked victories in this round were Siete Pares 2, Cozmo Salmiya, Siete Pares 1 and the K2E2 Thunders.
Coming off from a tough fifth week match where they lost to the front running Siete Pares 1 despite a respectable showing, the Klasmeyts NLB Corporation lane masters badly needed a victory in their stint opposite last season’s lord of the lanes World Class keglers in order to solidify their place in the Top 8. In game one, World Class like true champions engaged Klasmeyts NLB in a closely contested game which the latter took via an 846-798 score. In game two, World Class came back like a locomotive who ran out of fuel which Klasmeyts NLB took advantage of and went on to eke out a clear cut 788-671 rout that was followed by another 815-766 success in game three of the four game series match. With the outcome already settled, Klasmeyts NLB Corporation spearheaded by Cris Bulacja, Bong Bermillo, Nelson De Leon, Emma Gatus, Bernabe Alfaro and Rudy Zablan put a fitting finale to their superlative outing by dishing out a 907-725 win in game four. Through a final winning tally of 3381-2960, Klasmeyts NLB also bagged the weekly team high series award.
Meanwhile on lanes 7 and 8, the DMDA Bowleros almost matched the tenacity of Klasmeyts NLB in subduing D’ Islanders via a lopsided total pin falls tally of 3325-2953. In the opening game of the match, the pin busting of D’ Islanders was in total disarray which paved the way for the architectural designers of DMDA to book a walk in the park 788-700 victory. Game two proved to be a different story as D’ Islanders through the quartet of Danny Doctor, Edgar Pascua, Rolly David and Bobby Carambas matched the superb performance of DMDA for most part of the game. However, the DMDA Bowleros with their fully loaded arsenal of strikes and spares went on to crush the gallant stand of their rivals en-route to a sterling 921-812 win. Headed by Elvie Sotio, Sonny Mariano, Alfred Avila, Al Belarmino and Chit Mariano, the DMDA Bowleros completed their superb performance by dishing out 829-753 and 762-688 in the next two games of the encounter.
Siete Pares 2 on the other hand succeeded in snapping their 3-week losing streak by brushing aside the Indian strikers of Power Station. Already out of the Top 8 after suffering three successive defeat, the Siete Pares 2 crew composed of JR Angeles, Lito Igot, Edwin De Mesa, Dorcas Sansone, Mario Santos and Alex Nodalo easily beat their rivals in game 774-670 and then were able to build a commanding lead by short circuiting Power Station in the next game 846-740. Led by Anastasius Menezes, Jason D’ Souza, Uly Menezes, Rudolph Castellino and Nadine Dias the highly charged Power Station keglers came back to life to win the last two games of the match 777-749 and 799-761 but to no avail as Siete Pares 2 went to win the match 3155-2986. Siete Pares 1 meanwhile narrowly escaped the upset ax when the current tournament leaders nosed out the previously unbeaten Napesco strikers 3136-3108. The much improved Napesco squad grabbed the driver’s seat through an 802-764 win in game one but Siete Pares 1 with its more seasoned lineup quickly snatched the lead after an 851-778 decision in the next game. Led by Rico Galang, Faie Reyel, Egay Cabildo, Rita Vidana, Jazel Pangilinan and Nitz Alinea, Siete Pares 1 prevailed once again game three 760-729. With Siete Pares 1 ahead by 7 marks 2375-2309, the Napesco crew composed of JR Sabado, Jowie Concepcion, Benny Chan, Ronald Ferolino and Vicky Navarro came back strong in the deciding fourth game with a 799-736 victory which that unluckily fell short by just 4 pin falls of what is needed to reverse the outcome of the match.
In the other two matches of the week, the entertainment magnates of Cozmo Salmiya remained in contention with 5 weeks left in the elimination round after subduing Rock N Bowl 3123-3039. Headed by Ronnel Valencia, Vernie Villaruel, Aga Cuadrazal, Faisal Fahad Salem, Maricar Ruben Ruben and Abdul Khader Faroq, Cozmo Salmiya eked out the victory by taking games one and four via 860-749 and 759-704 scores. The Rock N Bowl lane masters also remained on track for the next round by winning games two and three 811-775 and 775-704. In similar fashion, the K2E2 Thunders with Lee Mills Butch Alinea, Edwin Latoja, Danny San Juan, Joan Latoja, Kim Alinea and Newell Sioxch also defeated the Philippine Embassy strikers 3085-3055 courtesy of their victories in games one and four.
For the Individual and Team High scores the current record holders are as follows: Individual High Game Men Class O/A-Lee Mills 258, Men Class B-Newell Sioxch 244, Ladies- Thalia Ashley/Chit Mariano/Liza Catapia/Gina Ashley/Elvie Sotio 215; High Average Men Class O/A- Ronnel Valencia 203, Men Class B-Newell Sioxch 178, Ladies-Elvie Sotio 175; Team High Game-842 Siete Pares 1 and Team High Series-3319 World Class.
The team standings after six weeks are as follows (read as rank, team name and total score); 1. Siete Pares 1-19720, 2. Klasmeyts NLB-19047, 3. DMDA Bowleros-18754, 4. K2E2-18693, 5. Napesco-18596, 6. World Class-18581, 7. D’ Islanders-18403, 8. Siete Pares 2-18303, 9. Rock N Bowl-18231, 10. Power Station-18037, 11. Cozmo Salmiya-17988, 12. Philippine Embassy-17225.
By Miguel Carlos – Special to the Arab Times