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XVI Mediterranean Challenge Cup, Ljubljana – Slovenia

Day 2, Doubles – Gold for Malta Ladies, Men place Fifth.

Day two of the XVI MCC currently underway in Ljubljana, Slovenia saw the Men and Ladies Doubles events, and brought yet more medals for Team Malta, who picked up a brilliant Gold thanks to an excellent afternoon performance from Sue Abela and Tiziana Carannante. Malta male team, made up of Rankin Camilleri and Just Caruana Scicluna, put in a very respectable performance in the very tough Men field, to place fifth from the thirteen teams competing.

Today headline performance was that of Sue Abela and Tiziana Carannante, in the Ladies Doubles event on Thursday afternoon, with a special mention to Carannante who bowled an excellent six game series of 1238 - 206.3 ave, to out-bowl her illustrious partner on the day, with Abela shooting a 1174, for a final team total of 2412 pins.

The Italian pairing of Helga Di Benedetto and Fausta Regali looked set to dominate proceedings, as they took the early lead with a big opening game, and stayed in the top spot through the second and third on 1245 pins, with the Maltese team playing second fiddle 79 down on 1166. Sue and Tiziana then powered to the top with a solid 405 in game four, as the Italians rolled a poor 305. Game five saw the advance of the Turkish duo, Adile Michajlow and Ebru Ozogluuntur who shot a 422 to leapfrog the Italians into second place, but still 40 down on Team Malta. Abela and Carannante then produced there team game of the day at 456, featuring a great 256 from Sue, to take gold - 2412, against a 423 from the Turks who held onto second place - 2339. Italy had to make do with bronze - 2328 in spite of their flying start to the event.

Today performance stands Malta ladies in good stead in the - All Events classification, with Sue Abela lying third after two of the four qualifying events, and Tiziana Carannante in a highly satisfying fifth place. The top eight after the Mixed Doubles and Team events are completed will then take part in the Masters, leading up to the MCC Grand Finals on Saturday afternoon.

Rankin Camilleri and Justin Camilleri were always close to the medal positions during their six-game series earlier in the day, but finished fifth with a very good 2363 team total. The event was won by French pair, Julien Sermand and Nicolas Marchand, with Maurizio Celli and Francesco Montebello claiming Silver for Italy, while Bronze went to Spaniards, Francisco Rodriguez and Javier Moreno.

Team Malta participation is made possible by the backing of the MTBA, the MOC and also KMS. The Eden SuperBowl also provided extra free training facilities for Team Malta in the run-up to the event in Slovenia. The team is being aided by MTBA National Coach, Rick Vogeleseng during their participation in the XVI MCC.

More information and updated scores can be found at the official event website