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It was an exciting weekend for the British league with all 6 clubs putting in a strong performance for their first match of 2017.

After this weekend’s match BATTS have now played all 6 clubs and only lost one when they went up against Drumchapel.

This weekend they played North Ayrshire and drew 4-4 with Peter Cleminson taking home man of the match. Saturdays match was an old fashioned show down between 4 Englishmen and 4 Scotsman with not one international player in sight.

The match remained close throughout the day with neither club being more than one win ahead.  Peter Cleminson and Adam Nutland were the stand out players for BATTS winning both their matches.

North Ayrshire had arguably one of their best match days of the season when they took home a 4-4 draw against BATTS.

Every player picked up a win in front of the large crowd but North Ayrshire were unable to clinch the win after going into the final match 4-3 up.

The club will take confidence from this draw against BATTS who are 3rd in league and use it in their next match against Cardiff City who they are currently drawing with on the table with both clubs having 4 points each.

Ormesby had more of a battle than they were expecting this weekend when they played Halton but still went away with a victory winning 6-2.

The six games they won they did so comfortably with four of them finishing in straight sets. Ormesby’s performance came undone with an injured Michael Marsden losing his first match against Tomasz Rzeszotko in a nail biting game which went to 5 sets after he went up 2 games to 1 [11-3, 12-14, 11-8, 9-11 & 6-11]. Due to his injury he had to pull out of his second match against Jake Shaw.

Ormesby have now moved within one point of Drumchapel and both clubs have now played an equal number of matches.

As expected, Halton suffered another loss when they played Ormesby this weekend. There was a glimmer of hope when Tomasz Rzeszotko grappled a victory away from Michael Marsden by winning the last two sets of the game.

Jake Shaw also picked up a win by default after Michael Marsden had to pull out of their match. Kevin Dolder clashed with Filip Szymanski in their second game leaving everything on the table with an ending score of 18-20. 

Fusion solidified their position in the middle of the table after winning 8-0 against Cardiff City this weekend with 6 out of their 8 victories concluding in straight sets.

Lorestas Trumpauskas was man of the match after defeating Cardiff City’s number 1 Daniel O’Connell in 5 sets [11-1, 11-7, 6-11, 12-14 & 11-5] and winning in straight sets against Cade Short [11-6, 11-4 &11-2]. 

The inexperience of Cardiff City’s team contributed to the 8-0 loss of their first match of 2017. Pouyan Javanmard, Cade Short and Benedict Watson all lost in straight sets against their opponents and Daniel O’Connell also lost both of his games.

The clubs number 1 took both his games to 5 sets but could not find the energy in the final sets to clinch a victory away from either Lorestas Trumpauskas or Kazeem Adeleke.

The 7th round will take place on Saturday 11th February and it is Haltons turn to have a gap in their match fixtures but will return at the end of February to take on BATTS.

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