London has been at the epicenter of the sporting weekend, with FA Cup shocks aplenty, none more so than Bradford City’s historic victory over Chelsea.
That giant killing trend continued at London Academy, Edgware, in the opening round of play in 2015 for Premier British League. Admittedly, neither of the title chasing pack were slayed, however individuals were shocked by their enthusiastic foes.
Tom Maynard was the first conqueror, stealing a birthday win from Matt Ware to put his Kingfisher side 1-0 ahead after a superb 3-0 victory. Sadly for Kingfisher, they failed to build on Maynard’s win. Five unanswered Sycamore sets handed them victory, with Marcus Giles unlucky in a narrow fifth end defeat to Ware. There was time for Kingfisher to make their mark, however, with Liam McTiernan defeating Adam Harrison and then Maria Tsaptsinos, on her Premier British League debut, defeating Daniel Lowe in five to make the score line respectable.
Next up was Fusion and Michael O’Driscoll, who went toe to toe with international star Enio Mendes and triumphed after five epic ends, condemning Mendes to only his third defeat of the season. But just like Kingfisher, Fusion’s early platform was crushed, with Ormesby taking the next seven sets, Darius Knight particularly impressive.
And then there was Barrow’s Craig Bryant, going up against another international circuit competitor in Dexter St Louis. However, not deterred by his opponent’s reputation, Bryant conquered him after they tussled their way through five games of attrition. That victory paved the way for a superb Barrow victory, silencing the home crowd of London Academy by racing into a 4-0 lead before Bryant sealed it with victory over Gabriel Achampong. A solid 6-2 win for Barrow leapfrogged them above London Academy, who can only take comfort from Adam Nutland’s impressive 3-0 win over Danny Lawrence.
Unfortunately for Bournemouth, they couldn’t continue the trend, succumbing to an 8-0 demolition of Drumchapel. Chinese superstar Xu Rui Feng was the inevitable star, easing to victories in what was another demonstration of world class table tennis.