Ormesby and Sycamore ended the third day of Premier British League exactly how they started it after picking up their fifth wins of the season.
Ormesby eased past Bournemouth Sports 7-1 whilst Sycamore secured a solid 6-2 win over a determined Fusion outfit.
Ormesby never looked in danger of losing ground in the title race as they dropped just six games throughout the eight sets. Three of those came through Hugo Pang, who recorded what proved to be a mere consolation with a fine effort to beat Michael Marsden 3-0.
Yet his teammates couldn’t replicate his result as they went down to a strong Ormesby line up. Enio Mendes and Darius Knight recorded two wins each for the second time in the day, despite Knight surviving a major scare from Nathan Bingham, whilst hotshot Helshan Weerasinghe followed suit.
The going was much tougher for Sycamore, who were forced to grind out a tough 6-2 win over Fusion. Fusion had taken the lead through Michael O’Driscoll after he defeated Matt Ware before Chris Doran levelled the match in a thrilling five end contest with Kazeem Adeleke.
That result was one of five unanswered sets for Sycamore, who wrapped up the match, despite a few nail biting moments, before Adeleke picked up a splendid win over Paul McCreery to make the score line respectable.
The match provided one of the longest games in recent British League memory, with Sean Cullen claiming the first end against Lorestas Trumpauskas 26-24 before Cullen eventually went onto win 3-0.
Meanwhile, Drumchapel lost ground on the title pack as they succumbed to a shock 6-2 defeat at the hands of Barrow.
Despite a superb double from Drumchapel’s Craig Howieson in front of his home fans, beating Gavin Evans and Sean Doherty, the Cumbrian side responded by winning the other six sets, with Craig Bryant impressively dispatching of both Sung Meng Cheng and Chris Wheeler whilst Joanna Drinkhall also defeated Wheeler and Richard Main.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Loso starred for LVA London Academy as they recorded a 6-2 victory over Kingfisher. The Swede beat Tom Maynard and Marcus Giles to give LVA the ideal chance to pick up a victory which was confirmed by Adam Nutland’s double and one each for Dexter St Louis and Gabriel Achampong.
A worthy mention goes to David Barr, who superbly dismantled Achampong to record a fine individual victory, despite being in his self-admitted advancing years. The victory makes him one of the oldest players to record a victory in British Premier Division.