Premier British League Round 11 - Report

A commonly used line in sport is that 'every minute matters.' In the case of the Premier British League, every set counts. This fact was on show in the opening round of the weekend's action as Ormesby leapfrogged Sycamore to the top of the Premier British League despite the previous league leaders winning 7-1.

Yes, 7-1 wins aren't good enough to win you titles anymore, that is how fierce the competition is at the top of the league this year. The two teams were level on league points and sets difference before the round, with games difference the only way to separate the two sides. However, Sean Cullen's defeat to Chris Lewis in Sycamore's 7-1 win over London Academy means Ormesby are now at the top after they defeated Kingfisher 8-0.


Ormesby's Darius Knight

It could have got worse for Sycamore had Chris Doran not come through his tense match with the improving Adam Nutland in five, but Doran kept his unbeaten season intact with victory in the fifth.

It means the gap at the tap is a astronomical gap of one mere set. It may be tense for the players, but for the league and its supporters, a terrific advert for the league.

Drumchapel all but confirmed third place in the league with a 7-1 victory over Barrow. Craig Howieson gave Drumchapel the lead with a victory over Sean Doherty before Barrow's Danny Lawrence levelled the match with a superb victory over Sung Meng Chen. 

But from then on the match belonged to Drumchapel, who won six unanswered sets. Howieson earned a double, as did Scott Barton and Sephr Bidhari, whilst Chen responded with victory over Doherty.


Craig Howieson in action for Drumchapel

Fusion moved a big step towards solidifying their place in the division next year with a 7-1 win over Bournemouth Sports. The result was somewhat harsh on Bournemouth, who could well have taken a 3-0 lead with a bit more luck on their side. Steve Beerling had given Bournemouth an unexpected lead with a superb victory over Kazeem Adeleke, Then came the pivotal moments of the match. First, Nathan Bingham came agonoisingly close to clinching a stunning victory over Michael O'Driscoll, eventually losing in five, before Stephen Foster almost caught out Luke Savill, only for the youngster to prevail deuce in the fifth set. The two setbacks appeared to take the wing out of the Bournemouth sails, as they could only claim one set thereafter as Fusion raced through the gears. 

Fusion are now four points clear of the relegation zone and, barring a miraculous fightback from Kingfisher or Bournemouth, are all but safe.

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