JBL 2014-15 - Round 3 report

Ormesby ended a dominant opening day of Junior Boys’ British League with a 6-0 thumping of Bournemouth Sports. They were two good for their opponents, who did their upmost to scare the league leaders without success. In an ominous sign for the rest of the division, Ormesby dropped just one set throughout the whole day.

Yet the race to keep up with Ormesby continues to be relentless following victories for EBATT and London LVA Academy. The pair, who played out a thriller in round two, picked up wins over Irish Boys and Draycott respectively to keep them within a point of the league’s peak.

EBATT beat Irish Boys 5-1 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, with Zak Wilson picking up a consolation for the Irish with victory over Alex Ramsden, whilst LVA London Academy were pushed all the way by Draycott, yet Luke Savill showcased his indispensability to his side with another two victories to secure a crucial victory.

Elsewhere in the league, Wood Green picked up their second win of the season with a 4-2 victory over Wales. Marcus Giles was the star as he picked up two victories over Ryan Oyler and Callum Evans, whilst Billy Forster and Joe Pilkington claimed a win apiece.

Meanwhile, the Girls’ Premier Division first day ended in a two horse race at the top of the league after Burton Uxbridge and Ellenborough won their third consecutive matches.

6-0 victories over Irish Girls and Draycott respectively elevated them away from the chasing pack as their inevitable battle for the title begins to take shape.

That result secured Burton a perfect opening day, having won their previous two matches 6-0, an incredible accomplishment.

Lois Peake was once again dominant for Burton as she eased to two victories, whilst Letitia McMullen and Eva Wang secured another dominant result.

Meanwhile, Ellenborough’s trio of Leila Imre, Emily Bolton, and Denise Payet put in an equally stunning performance to dispatch of Irish Girls 6-0. Ellenborough themselves dropped just one set all day, a record that could well stay intact until they play Burton in the fifth and final round of the weekend.

The game between Batts and Ulster was far from one sided as they played out a 3-3 draw. Two wins each from Stephanie Cross and Hannah Lynch-Dawson earned a point for each side.

Northfield ended the first day of the season on top of Division 1 as they beat Greenhouse 5-1, with Joseph Clark starring, whilst Girls’ Division 1 ended the day as the most enthralling, with four sides locked on four points each. Wales’ 4-2 defeat to Munster brought an end to their unbeaten start to the season, with the pair now tied with Bournemouth Sports and Draycott 2, who drew 3-3 despite Kate Cheer’s double for Draycott.

Urban were the surprise package of the day as they produced another stellar result to end the day joint top of Division 2A. They are tied with St Mary’s Hull, who they drew with 3-3.

Dublin and Fusion continued their impressive starts to Division 2B with victories over Colin Deaton and London LVA respectively, whilst in Girls’ Division 2, Fusion overcame Ellenborough to maintain their position at the top of the league.

Boys’ Division 3A is by far the tightest league of all with just three points separating all six teams. Sussex Blades, Kingfisher and Rasen Racers are all level on four points each, with Rasen beating Kingfisher in the final round of the day thanks to Naphat Boonyaprapa’s man of the match performance.

There are only two points separating the top four teams in 3B, a league that Halton perch at the top of after their 3-3 draw with Byng Hall, whilst Urban TTC ladies matched their boys of Division 2A by topping their division at the close of play following victory over Batts B.

Finally, Ormesby’s second team kept up with their first team by registering a third straight victory in Division 4A. Their latest victims were Westfield, who they dismissed of 5-1, whilst Wales B and JOOLA Plymouth continued their tussle for top spot in Division 4B after defeating Batts B and Ellenborough B respectively. 

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