Sycamore ended the first weekend of Premier British League on top of the table following their 6-2, final round victory over London Academy. David McBeath and Viktor Gorman were at the double as they condemned London Academy to a disappointing weekend, registering just one draw and three defeats throughout.
David McBeath put Sycamore in the ascendency with victory over Dexter St Louis before Chris Doran defeated Ryota Kawai.
2-0 soon became 4-0 as Gorman and Petko Gabrovski beat Steve Beerling and Omar Khassal respectively, before an impressive day for St Louis culminated in a fantastic victory over Doran in the fifth. Sycamore recovered with McBeath beating Beerling to secure the match, and although Kawai defeated Gabrovsk by forefiti, Gorman added emphasis to the result with victory over Khassal, and as a result ensured that he would end the weekend as the only unbeaten player.
Sycamore leapfrogged Drumchapel in the table after they drew 4-4 with Ormesby.
It was a case of what could have been for Drumchapel, who remarkably took a 3-0 lead over Ormesby before two wins from young hotshot Tom Jarvis salvaged a point for Ormesby. Xiaoxun Wu showed how capable he is as he became the first person to defeat Gavin Evans over the weekend, claiming the match in five.
A splendid victory for Craig Howieson over Darius Knight doubled Drumchapel’s lead, and when Hongsheng Wang defeated Danny Lawrence, they were in dreamland.
However Ormesby proved why they are champions. A gritty comeback started with Jarvis emphatically dispatching of Chris Wheeler before Knight defeated Wu and Evans beat Wang in the fifth to tie the match. The comeback was complete when Jarvis put on another outstanding display, beating Craig Howieson 3-0, winning two ends 11-2. But Wheeler held his nerve and recovered from his earlier defeat to overcome Lawrence in straight ends and secure a point for Drumchapel.
Fusion ended the weekend with two victories as they defeated Cardiff City 7-1. Despite Wiktor Dzwonkowski defeating Emran Hussain, Cardiff couldn’t gain a set thereafter, with Michael O’Driscoll, Lorestas Trumpauskas and David Okoh winning two apiece.
It was a frustrating result for Cardiff, having lost three of the four matches that went to the fifth set. David Okoh twice came through in five, defeating Simon Noutch and Dan O’Connell, whilst Lorestas Trumpauskas valiantly defeated Craig Bryant in a decider.
Home team BATTS secured back-to-back wins as they defeated Kingfisher 6-2.
With the support of legendary snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, who was a keen spectator at the event, Tobias Bergman and talented youngster Ethan Walsh registered two wins each, with Michael Tauber and Jack Bennett chipping in with one win apiece.
Kingfisher took plenty of hope from the performance of Marcus Giles, who played superbly to win his two matches; first defeating world number 370 Michael Tauber and then Jack Bennett, making the score line respectable.
However the match belonged to Ethan Walsh, who became the youngest player for several years to participate in Britain’s elite division. Yet it didn’t overawe him, as he defeated Joshua Gallen and Hari Gehlot to end BATTS’ weekend on a high.