The British League season kicked off in spectacular style as a wealth of talent descended on Ormesby.
It was a day for new signings, with the vast majority of clubs undoubtedly satisfied with their new players’ showings.
It was Sycamore who ended day one of Premier British League perched at the pinnacle of the table, just as they ended the previous season.
Two consecutive wins, an 8-0 drubbing of Bournemouth Sports and a hard fought 6-2 victory over Barrow saw them make the early running in an exciting day’s play in Ormesby. Matt Ware and Chris Doran particularly impressed, the pair both registering four wins in as many games including victories over Gavin Evans.
Hot on their heels are Ormesby, who sit behind Sycamore due to an inferior sets difference. A strong 7-1 showing against Barrow was backed up with a 6-2 victory over Fusion. Ormesby’s foreign export, Enio Mendes, came through the day unscathed, whilst Darius Knight suffered defeat to Lorestas Trumpauskas in what was otherwise an excellent day for the home side.
Drumchapel Glasgow join the pair with two wins from two. The Scottish outfit entered the day with a sense of mystique surrounding them given the presence of Chinese duo Xu Ruifeng and Sung Meng Cheng. It quickly became apparent that they would be a force to be reckoned with. Ruifeng in particular looked untouchable, with only LVA Academy’s new signing Dexter St Louis pushing Ruifeng. Nutland picked up a fantastic win over Cheng, however it didn’t stop Drumchapel registering victory, coming through the contest 5-3 before beating Kingfisher 6-2.
LVA and Fusion recorded a victory each to kick start their campaigns for the year. Once again, it was the qualities of new recruits that aided their respective team to impressive results. LVA were superb as they cruised to victory over Bournemouth 8-0 to bounce back from defeat against Drumchapel. The quartet, of Dexter St Louis, Sebastian Loso, Adam Nutland and Omar Khassal all recorded doubles going into an important game with winless Barrow in the morning.
Meanwhile, Fusion’s young star Luke Savill picked up victories over Marcus Giles and David Barr to aid his side to a 6-2 victory over Kingfisher. Kazeem Adeleke’s double pushed Fusion towards victory before Lorestas Trumpauskas and Matthew Dodds picked up a win apiece to secure the result.
There was little luck for Kingfisher, Barrow and Bournemouth, who all suffered consecutive defeats. Kingfisher will face off with both sides on Sunday in games that could well prove pivotal come the end of the season.