KUWAIT CITY, Feb 18: Once looked upon as the favorite whipping team of the tournament, the vastly improved strikers of Napesco once again proved that they are now a team to reckon with and a strong championship round contender after rolling to their second victory in as many outing at the on–going 2016 FTBK–Bahrain Exchange Company Tenpin Bowling Tournament being held at the Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya.
Joining Napesco in dominating their second week rivals were defending champion World Class, Siete Pares 2, Siete Pares 1, DMDA Bowleros and the Indian pin busters of Power Station. Meanwhile despite a losing stint, week 1 leader Klasmeyts NLB kept the top spot on the leader board with Siete Pares 1 remaining well placed in second position.
For its second week stint the rampaging Napesco keglers went up against D’ Islanders another team who likewise is showing a lot of promise as a potential finalist and title contender. Spearheaded by Marilyne Mariano and Rolly David, D’ Islanders grabbed the lead as they trounced their opponents in game one via an 834–748 count.
But with Jowie Concepcion, Ronald Ferolino, Fredy Marzo and Joseph Balo on board, Napesco was able to wrest the lead 1658–1629 through their convincing 910–795 victory in the high scoring game two of the match.
Fielding in the same foursome in the next game, Napesco broke loose from the tight contest by eking out another 821–733 win to go up by 117 pin falls 2479–2362 with a game left to bowl. This time lead by Edgar Pascua and Bobby Carambas, D’ Islanders tried to reverse the outcome of the match but their 826–756 victory in the final game of the match fell short of what is needed for them to win the match.
With their 3260–3188 total pin fall victory Napesco also bagged the weekly team high series award and climbed to third in the team standings.
Defending champion World Class on the other hand quickly bounced from an opening week debacle by dishing out a 3180–3060 come from behind win over Rock N Bowl. Bannered by Romy Daus, Liza Catapia, Romy Fermil and Rod Llait, Rock N Bowl booked a 727–690 win in the low scoring game one and then went on to take the next match via a more notable 854–746 count.
World Class who started match with just 3 bowlers finally showed the form that earned for them the 7th season title as Gina Ashley stepped up to give her a team a big boost in their 792–739 victory in the third game. With Jason Baker and Thalia Ashley at the helm together with Bill Stiles, World Class succeeded in overhauling the lead of Rock N Bowl after a superb performance in game four which handed them a 927–740 victory.
After being booted out of the final round in the previous season, Siete Pares 2 have something else in mind this time as they eased past tournament pace setter Klasmeyts NLB Corporation 3171–3048.
Undaunted by the mesmerizing performance that their rivals dished out in the opening round, the Siete Pares 2 crew of JR Angeles, Dorcas Sansone, Edwin de Mesa, Mario Santos and Alex Nodalo took advantage of the slow start of Klasmeyts NLB in cruising to easy 797–733 and 759–677 victories in games one and two.
Suddenly looking like the team they were in week 1, Klasmeyts NLB led by Emma Gatus, Rudy Zablan, Nelson de Leon and Chris Bulacja finally broke into the win column with an 858–776 decision in game three.
Still comfortably ahead in total pin falls after the third game, Siete Pares 2 went on to win the match by taking the fourth and final game 814–780.
The Siete Pares 1 lane masters also stormed to their second consecutive victory over the weekend at the expense of the FTBK debutant Philippine Embassy Strikers. With a whole bunch of seasoned bowlers in their arsenal, Siete Pares 1 headed by Egay Cabildo, Rita VIdana, Nitz Alinea, Manny Nazaire, Jazel Pangilinan and Faie Reyel had no trouble sweeping the 4–game series match via 777–684, 677–648, 760–711 and 812–767 scores for a total pin fall winning tally of 3026–2810.
The diplomats on the other hand was bannered in this outing by Mac Khalil, Dexter Nebres, Jheng Liwayway, Mua Mamosion and Adela Baclig. In the only other match of the week, the architectural designers of DMDA Bowleros once again emerged victorious from a closely contested game beating the K2E2 Thunders 3113–2938. The Thunders were uip early after grabbing a close 743–710 victory in the first game. DMDA with Elvie Sotio, Alfred Avila, Chit Mariano, Al Belarmino and Jun Guerra however manage to build a commanding lead going to the last game as they clobbered K2E2 in games two and three 791–715 and 822–630. Even as Edwin Latoja, Danny San Juan, Newell Sioxch, Lee Mills and Kim Alinea gave K2E2 an 825–765 win in game four, the DMDA Bowleros held on to take the outcome of the match.
For the Individual and Team High scores the current record holders are as follows: Individual High Game Men Class O/A–Ronnel Valencia 234, Men Class B–Newell Sioxch 223, Ladies– Thalia Ashley 215; High Average Men Class O/A– Ronnel Valencia 234, Men Class B–Newell Sioxch 177, Ladies–Gina Ashley 179; Team High Game–Klasmeyts NLB 788 and Team High Series–Klasmeyts NLB 3219.
The team standings after the second week are as follows (read as rank, team name and total score); 1. Klasmeyts NLB–6392, 2. Siete Pares 1–6376, 3. Napesco–6317, 4. D’ Islanders–6298, 5. Siete Pares 2–6241, 6. World Class–6148, 7. DMDA Bowleros–6120, 8. K2E2–6053, 9. Rock N Bowl–6017, 10. Power Station–5856, 11. Cozmo Salmiya–5749, 12. Philippine Embassy–5619.
By Miguel Carlos
Special to the Arab Times