KUWAIT CITY, April 25: Seven weeks into the elimination round of the on-going 2016 FTBK-Bahrain Exchange Company Tenpin Bowling Team Tournament being held at the 16-lane Cozmo Entertainment Bowling Center in Salmiya, the race for the 8 championship round posts continued to be a nip and tuck affair among the bottom 3 teams in the Top 8. Siete Pares 2 meanwhile moved one notch up from 8th to 7th place after brushing aside the beleaguered defending champions World Class Keglers.
Rock N Bowl on the other hand were back in the elite 8 occupying and now occupy 8th place after shutting down the Power Station pin busters. And with just a few weeks left in the qualifying round of this tenpin bowing event sponsored by Bahrain Exchange Company, Siete Pares 1, Klasmeyts-NLB and the DMDA Bowleros continued their domination of the leader board are well on course for a stint in the championship round.
After snapping their 3-game losing streak with a victory in the 6th round, the Siete Pares 2 strikers further improved their chance of advancing to the next round by coming back from a game one setback to beat the World Class Keglers in the next three games of the match en-route to a final winning tally of 3293-3102. In the opening game of the 4-game series match, World Class led by Jason Baker, Bill Stiles, Gina Ashley and Thalia Ashley looked like they are on their way to recover their winning form as they routed their opponents 808-718. Game two saw a revitalized Siete Pares 2 quartet stepping into the lanes who went on to eke out a close 808-773 victory of their own. With both teams both hitting their marks, game three was contested even more closer and the breaks going in their favor, Siete Pares 2 was able to snatch an 868-801 decision. Spearheaded by the superb performance of Edwin De Mesa and Mario Santos together with Lito Igot, Dorcas Sansone, JR Angeles and Alex Nodalo, Siete Pares 2 closed out the match with another 874-720 success. The victory also handed Siete Pares 2 the weekly team high series award.
Meanwhile, the unpredictable Rock N Bowl pin crushers who have been going in and out of the Top 8 for the past few weeks were again back in contention as they short circuited the Indian lane masters of Power Station. Bannered by Romy Daus, Liza Catapia, Romy Fermil, Norie Sairat and Rod Llait, Rock N Bowl quickly put the outcome of the match beyond doubt by taking a commanding 20-mark lead after trouncing Power Station in games one and two via 771-717 and 825-712 scores. Headed by Uly Menezes, Jason D’ Souza, Anastasius Menezes and Nadine Dias, Power Station surged with a sudden burst of energy in game three where they dealt Rock N Bowl an electrifying 903-761 defeat. With Power Station looking like a generator that ran out of fuel in game 4, Rock N Bowl reaffirm their supremacy of the match by rolling to an impressive 854-701 victory. Through this timely 3236-3033 total pin falls win, Rock N Bowl moved up to 8th position in the team standing.
Cozmo Salmiya on the other started their bold move towards the elite 8 at the expense of D’ Islanders who on their part is dramatically slipping out of contention for one of the finals berth. With their mainstays present for the match, Cozmo Salmiya led by Vernie Villaruel, Aga Cuadrazal, Paul Arcayan, Abdul Khader Faroq, Maricar Ruben and Faisal Fahad Salem had no trouble sweeping the 4-game series via 791-736, 810-701, 827-736 and 763-717 scores. Bowling in this match for the besieged D’ Islanders squad were Rolly David, Bobby Carambas, Danny Doctor, Edgar Pascua and Marilyne Mariano. To bolster their hopes of making it to the finals for two consecutive season, the Napesco strikers posted an upset 3116-2991 win over the second ranked Klasmeyts-NLB Corporation. Headed by Joey Concepcion, Vicky Navarro, JR Sabado, Benny Chan, Ronald Ferolino, Joseph Balo and Fredy Marzo, Napesco quickly put away the opposition as they nail down 809-691, 777-729, 761-733 victories in the first three games of the match. Knowing the need of a victory in order to keep their place in the standings, Klasmeyts NLB led by Bong Bermillo, Rudy Zablan, Emma Gatus, Rick Marimla and Nelson De Leon avoided a sweep by pocketing the fourth and final game 838-744. In the other completed match of the week, sister teams Siete Pares 1 the current tournament leaders and the K2E2 Thunders bowled to a 2990.5-2990.5 draw with the DMDA Bowleros breezing past the Philippine Embassy Strikers 3219-2736.
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 175, Ladies-Elvie Sotio 176; Team High Game-842 Siete Pares 1 and Team High Series-3319 World Class.
The team standings after seven weeks are as follows (read as rank, team name and total score); 1. Siete Pares 1-22110, 2. Klasmeyts NLB -22038, 3. DMDA Bowleros -21973, 4. Napesco -21712, 5. K2E2-21683, 6. World Class -21683, 7. Siete Pares 2 -21596, 8. Rock N Bowl -21467, 9. D’ Islanders -21293, 10. Cozmo Salmiya-21204, 11. Power Station-21070, 12. Philippine Embassy-19285.
By Miguel Carlos
Special to the Arab Times