Expendabowls hit fourth Team of the Week plum at OFBC Afternoon League

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Carol Rio
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Four-time Team of the Week winner Expendabowls. (AN photos)
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Gil Catral and Vic Gonzales, both with plaques, in a group photo with the OFBC members.
Updated 20 April 2017
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Expendabowls hit fourth Team of the Week plum at OFBC Afternoon League

JEDDAH: The Expendabowls became the first to have the most number of Team of the Week victories at four by winning the coveted award during the 12th session in the OFBC Friday Afternoon League Season 6 here.
Expendabowls came up with the top tally of 20 points in a low-scoring battles on the unyieldy lanes at the Iceland Bowling Center, after a 10-10 draw against
Al-Tayyer United Contracting on total pinfalls of 2,139-2,116 and rank points of 10 and 9.
As it turned out, the sides were locked in a close fight for Team of the Week award, and it was only the rank points that eventually decided the outcome.
It was the third time in the last four weeks that Expendabowls enjoyed the limelight. They won the first of their four accolades during the third week of the four-man team league event organized by Overseas Filipino Bowlers Club.
Joel Nidoy’s Al-Tayyer ended the day on 19 points in a tie with Velocity Strikers who ended a four-week losing streak with a 12-8 victory over whipping team SGH Bowling Group on total pinfalls of 2,010-1,987 and rank points of 7-5.
Shadow Bowlers and Toshi likewise tied on 18 points after contrasting results against respective opponents Arci-5 10-10 (2,064-1,979 and 8-6) and Nilobabes 12-8 (2,000-1,985 and 6-4).
The match between RTJ Transient House and Youngsters also ended in a 10-10 draw on total pinfalls of 1,671 and 1,883 and rank points of 1-2.
Jon Belo made it a double for Expendabowls when he took the men’s Bowler of the Week award on 630 on scratch games of 222, 140 and 196 while Carol Rio of Youngsters had her first taste of the individual award when she shot 553 to become the ladies’ Bowler of the Week.
Danny Atubang tallied 525 and Marlyn Mangunay had 503 to back up Belo at Expendabowls. Gil Catral at 477 was the fourth player to count in the team.
Al-Tayyer had Alex Duma crossing 600 on 605 while his wife Carmen provided support with her 530 to go with the 507 by Jojo Esperanzate and 474 by Jack Jarin.
Gizelle Virtudazo and Toto Lim carded 521 and 509 at the helm of Velocity that also got 499 from Rhyan Tasic and 481 from Jaime “Paco” Flores.
Over at Shadow Bowlers the trio of Jhun Ejanda, Hadi Pacheo and Rosalie Due Agustin rolled 549, 528 and 522 with Hercie Bosito on 465.
Rudy “RJ” Jamon, who led the OFBC family during the masalama for team captains Gil Catral of Expendabowls and Vic Gonzales of Youngters, took charge at Transient House on 457.
Catral and Gonzales, who have since both left the Kingdom on exit-only visa, were given plaques of appreciation by the OFBC.
Toshi’s big win against league-leading Nilobabes was chiefly the work of Cesar Sacramed 536 and Cesar Pagtalunan 523 with help from Vivian Sacramed 487 and Rico Bulalayao 184.
Team standings after the 12th week:
1. Nilobabes 259.0 2. Toshi 240.5 3. RTJ Transient House 231.0 4. Al-Tayyer Contracting 207.0 5. The Expandabowls 183.0 6. Shadow Bowlers 169.0 7. Velocity Strikers 164.5 8. Arci-5 158.0 9. Saudi German Hospital 121.5 10. Youngsters 110.5


Shane Watson ton takes Chennai Super Kings to third IPL title

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Shane Watson ton takes Chennai Super Kings to third IPL title

  • Australian hits 117 off 57 balls as Chennai chase down 178-6
  • 'He is a world class player'

MUMBAI: Shane Watson fought through the pain barrier to smash an unbeaten 117 as Chennai Super Kings thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad to win their third Indian Premier League title in a spectacular return from a two-year corruption ban.
The 36-year-old Australian, struggling with a hamstring injury, hit eight sixes and 11 fours in a stunning 57-ball innings as Chennai took just 18.3 overs to overcome Hyderabad’s 178-6 off 20 overs.
Chennai finished on 181-2 to crush their opponents by eight wickets. They have now equalled the Mumbai Indians in winning the world’s wealthiest cricket tournament for the third time since it started in 2008.
Ambati Rayudu who hit a four to complete victory was also unbeaten on 16 in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, which was packed with more than 33,000 fans.
He led tributes to Watson.
“His experience saw us through. He is a world class player and when he is there anything can happen,” Rayudu said.
Hyderabad coach Tom Moody added Watson had produced “something special.”
But the Australian hero said he had been happy to get through the night because of his injury and after failing to score a run in the first 10 balls of his innings.
“I knew I had to start getting runs quickly after those 10 balls,” he said.
“We had to get the rate back up to a run a ball. But once the ball stopped swinging, it became easier.”
Watson has had longstanding hamstring problems which has worsened as the gruelling IPL season reached the finale.
“Throughout the back end of the tournament I was hanging on for dear life,” he said, praising coach Stephen Fleming and captain M.S. Dhoni for the way he had been protected in games.
Chennai, IPL winners in 2010 and 2011, were banned for two seasons in 2015 along with Rajasthan Royals after team officials were found guilty of involvement in illegal gambling.
Dhoni won the toss and put Hyderabad into bat. Their New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hit a top-score 47 as Sunrisers posted 178-6.
The 27-year-old Williamson, a last minute replacement for scandal-tainted David Warner as captain, has been an impressive leader, amassing 735 runs including eight half centuries in 17 matches.
He was supported by Yusuf Pathan who hit an unbeaten 45 off 25 balls, including four fours and two sixes. Carlos Brathwaite also hit an 11-ball 21 to help Hyderabad add 52 runs in the last five overs.
But after reining in Watson at the start and taking South African opener Faf du Plessis for 10 in the third over, the Hyderabad bowlers were put to the sword.
Watson and Suresh Raina put on a swashbuckling 117-run second-wicket stand with Raina hitting 32.
Afghanistan teen sensation Rashid Khan returned figures of 0-24 for Hyderabad but Watson hit the other bowlers to every corner of the stadium.
The big-hitting Aussie allrounder plundered 27 runs off one over of paceman Sandeep Sharma.
Watson took a single off Khan to bring up his hundred in 51 balls and then acknowledged a standing ovation from the Chennai dugout and the crowd with his team already in sight of their IPL triumph.
Watson was just one of nine members of the Chennai squad to be aged over 30. But triumphant captain Dhoni, who has also won three IPL titles, said agility was more important.
“It is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect,” said the former India captain, 36.
“What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn’t matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 — you have to be agile.”
But Dhoni acknowledged that he could not push his whole team to run like a 20-year-old. “If I push Watson to stop a single, there is a very good chance that he’ll burst his hamstring and won’t be available for the next game.
“So what you tell yourself is that they have to commit and try, but there’s no point getting injured for a single.”
The winners of the final were guaranteed a minimum $4 million in prize money.