Sycamore consolidated their position at the top of the league after coming from behind four times to earn a point against second placed Urban.
Sean Cullen’s pulsating fifth game victory over Frenchman Jerome Bahuaud ensured a precious point for his Sycamore side, who would have surrendered top spot to Urban had Cullen not pulled through.
Instead, they maintain their position at the summit with three rounds remaining.
The return of Alex Perry was the major talking point ahead of the clash, with the former England number one ending a two decade sabbatical from the British circuit to aid Sycamore in their title quest. Perry couldn’t make a triumphant return, however, eventually going down to world number 102 Adam Pattantyus 3-1.
Chris Doran, so often a decisive factor in the British League, was the man who levelled the tie, picking up an impressive victory over the previously unbeaten Peter Musko before fellow Hungarian Daniel Schaffer put Urban back in the lead with victory over Cullen.
For a second time, Sycamore fought back. Paul McCreery was the victor, overcoming Bahuaud to leave the contest level at the half-way stage.
With the atmosphere reaching fever pitch, Urban took the lead for a third time, with Pattantyus defeating Doran 3-1. Once again, Sycamore struck back, Perry picking up the victory over Schaffer to take it to the final two ends.
Urban edged ahead once more, Musko making up for his loss to Doran with victory over McCreery leaving Cullen and Bahuaud to battle it out.
Battle they did, with both players saving numerous match points before Cullen eventually prevailed. Cullen surrendered a 9-5 and 10-8 lead in the fourth before saving several match points in the fifth to eventually leave victorious 13-11 and secure a point to the delight of his teammates.
Elsewhere, Drumchapel kick started their fight against relegation with an emphatic 8-0 thrashing of Greenhouse. Doubles from Craig Howieson, Chris Wheeler and the Main brothers moved them to within three points of safety with three rounds remaining.
Ormesby extended their winning run to five games with a comfortable 7-1 win over Barrow. Despite Daniel Lawrence’s impressive victory over Richard Andrews, the quartet of Ryan Jenkins, Michael Marsden, Tom Jarvis and Andrews were too good for their Cumbrian counterparts, who remain in fifth place.
Finally, Fusion moved to fourth as they comfortably dispatched of relegation bound Wymondham. The makeshift team of Liam McTeirnan, Alec Ward, Paul Beck and Paul Smith couldn’t register a set against their experienced opponents, who moved four points away from relegation.
Written By Matthew Shaw
British League Press & Publicity Team