Ormesby and Sycamore renewed their rivalry as they played out an incredible 4-4 draw at BATTS.
The match went on far longer than the allocated time, eventually finishing after over four hours of play. Gavin Evans stole the show once again as he defeated Chris Doran and Petko Gabrovski to give Ormesby a chance of victory. However, Sycamore’s Viktor Gorman cancelled out Evans’ two wins with a double himself, with the match eventually ending with nothing separating the sides.
David McBeath gave Sycamore an ideal start as he overcame Darius Knight 3-1. However, the game was soon level as Evans brought his fine form from Saturday into this match as he condemned Chris Doran to his first defeat of the season in a 3-0 scoreline.
Sycamore’s response was emphatic as they took the next two sets, with Viktor Gorman impressively defeating Tom Jarvis whilst Petko Gabrovski defeated Danny Lawrence. However the momentum turned drastically in the next set as Doran and Knight locked horns. Leading 2-0, Doran looked set to put Sycamore into a commanding 4-1 lead, however, Knight hit back, performing admirably to take the match deuce in the fifth and give his team a massive lift.
Knight’s win clearly made an impact as Ormesby went onto win the next two sets. Jarvis, who continues to impress more and more as every match goes by, played unbelievably well to defeat McBeath 3-1 to level the match. Then Evans produced again, coming from two games down to defeat Gabrovski and put his side on the verge of victory.
Thankfully for Sycamore, Gorman held his nerve, defeating Lawrence to end the match in stalemate.
That draw allowed Drumchapel to move to the top of the league following their 6-2 victory over Fusion.
A third consecutive victory for the Scottish based side was particularly impressive and gives them a massive boost going into their afternoon match with Ormesby. Doubles for Xiaoxun Wu, Craig Howieson and Calum Main gave them the spoils, with Wu particularly impressing with victories over Lorestas Trumpauskas and Michael O’Driscoll. Despite great wins for David Okoh and Trumpauskas over Wongsheng Wang, Fusion couldn’t crack Drumchapel’s other three players, with O’Driscoll taking one game each against Howieson and Wu.
Cardiff City picked up their first win in the top flight following a 7-1 win over Kingfisher. Gradual improvement over the weekend culminated in a superb result for the Welsh outfit, with victory moving them to fourth in the table.
Although Marcus Giles picked up a good victory over Paddy Thomas for Kingfisher, they couldn’t quite get over the line in any of the other sets, with Federico Viterbo and Maria Tsaptsinos both losing in five to Simon Noutch.
Despite defeat, there was significant improvement from Kingfisher’s quartet, who were perhaps unlucky to lose by such a margin, with only two games ending 3-0.
However, Craig Bryant impressed as he recovered from a set down to beat Giles and cruised past Viterbo to signify a good morning for Cardiff.
BATTS also picked up their first win of the season following a morale-boosting victory over London Academy.
Despite a superb double from London Academy’s Dexter St Louis, who beat Michael Tauber and Tobias Bergman, they couldn’t build on the platform St Louis had constructed, with Adam Nutland playing exceptionally well to defeat Ryota Kawai, whilst Jack Bennett produced a brilliant display to beat Matt Ware, who also lost to Bergman.