Premier British League Round 13 - Report

Ormesby took a giant leap towards securing the Premier British League title and an unprecedented treble after an epic 4-4 draw with Sycamore.

A thrilling match of high-quality table tennis culminated with nothing splitting the teams for the second time this season as Sycamore superbly came from 4-2 behind to salvage a draw.

Ultimately,  Ormesby's superior sets difference means any kind of win against Drumchapel is going to be good enough for Ormesby to take the title, barring some sort of mathematical miracle.

Sycamore took the lead in a potentially definitive set as Kenichi Matsubuchi defeated Enio Mendes in five sensational ends. However, the game completely turned on its head thereafter. Darius Knight produced the goods as he overcame the previously unbeaten Chris Doran to the delight of the expectant Ormesby home crowd before the superb Tom Jarvis stormed past Matt Ware, another feather on an ever growing cap for the youngster. His victory was backed up by fellow junior Helshan Weerasinghe,who held his nerve to claim victory over Paul McCreery.

Matsubuchi responded for Sycamore with a convincing win over Knight, however, Ormesby quickly regained their two point cushion as Mendes beat Ware.

However, Sycamore weren't out for the count. Doran responded from his previous defeat by beating Weerasinghe 3-1 before McCreery secured a draw for Sycamore with a 3-0 victory over Jarvis.

Elsewhere in the league, the race for fourth shall go to the final round with a point separating three sides. Fusion's convincing 7-1 victory over Barrow leapfrogged them ahead of the Cumbrians, with Sean Doherty's impressive win over Mike O'Driscoll Barrow's mere consolation. O'Driscoll had given Fusion the lead with victory over Danny Lawrence before two apiece for Kazeem Adeleke, Lorestas Trumpauskas and Luke Savill were sandwiched in between Doherty's set.

London Academy capitlaised on Barrow's defeat by beating Bournemouth 6-2, hence throwing their hat in the mix for fourth. Gabriel Achampong was the star as he claimed two sets, and was ably supported by Adam Nutland, Christopher Lewis and Anthony Corbin.

Finally, Drumchapel Glasgow extended the gap between them and the pack with an 8-0 win over Kingfisher. The score was somewhat harsh on Kingfisher with just one end finishing 3-0. However, Drumchapel's execution was sharper, with Craig Howieson particularly impressive.

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