Anastasi started the 3rd day in 3rd place behind Miguel Xuereb and Mark Spiteri, but fired an opening salvo of 234, 257 and 227 to race to the lead, with Spiteri trying to stay in the hunt as Xuereb lost ground.
From then on, Anastasi made sure to keep Spiteri at bay and after rolling a 243 in the penultimate game, Spiteri knew it was over and had to be content with a comfortable 2nd place. 3rd place was a superbly fought battle between Dennis Mercieca and the talented 17 year old Matthew Magro, with Mercieca just clinching it by 6 pins thanks to a double strike in the very last frame of the last game. Anastasi has now broken another record by becoming the first male Maltese bowler to win 5 National Championships!
Abela made her intentions very clear on the last day as she rolled a strong 246 in game one against Cynthia Frendo Duca’s opening 184, and from then on it was clear that this was going to go Abela’s way as she averaged 216 on this last day to win by over 200 pins. 2nd place went to Frendo Duca who fought off a valiant Tiziana Carannante’s challenge.
Abela and Anastasi will now represent Malta in the European Champions Cup in Turkey at the end of October.