Ormesby started their defence of the British League title with a tough 6-2 victory over promoted BATTS.
With home advantage, BATTS made life difficult for the reigning champions as a healthy contingent of followers watched the game with interest. However, two wins apiece from last year’s player of the season Tom Jarvis and Ormesby debutant Gavin Evans secured a crucial opening round victory for the champions.
The home crowd was silenced from the start as Evans produced a magnificent performance to defeat BATTS’ new signing and world number 370 Michael Tauber in straight sets, before Darius Knight doubled Ormesby’s lead with a 3-0 win over Swede Tobias Bergman.
It was down to home favourite Adam Nutland to get BATTS up and running as he produced an impressive display to overcome Danny Lawrence 3-1. The sides exchanged the next two sets as Jarvis defeated Jack Bennet whilst Tauber performed admirably to defeat Knight. However BATTS could never quite draw level, with Evans once again producing the goods for Ormbesy as he defeated Nutland 3-0.
Ormesby made no mistake as they saw out the match from there, with Jarvis claiming an outstanding victory over Bergman before Lawrence secured a solid victory.
Last year’s runners-up Sycamore ended the first round on top of the table following a dominant 8-0 win over Cardiff. David McBeath, Victor Gorman and Petko Gabrovski all impressed on debut, whilst British League star Chris Doran also played well in his two victories.
In what was a dominant performance, Sycamore dropped just three games; Simon Nouch taking one end of David McBeath whilst Wiktor Dzwonkowski pushed Gabrovski to the fifth set.
Drumchapel Glasgow produced a stunning comeback as they defeated London Academy 6-2. Trailing two sets to nil, Drumchapel claimed the next six sets, with Chinese debutant Hongsheng Wang instigating the revival with two wins.
Victories for Ryota Kawai and Dexter St Louis over Xiaoxun Wu and Craig Howieson respectively put London Academy in control. However, victory for Wang over Steve Beerling, followed by a tremendous result for Calum Main, defeating Matt Ware 3-1, put the teams level.
From there, Drumchapel dominated. Wu put Drumchapel ahead with victory over St Louis before Wang impressively defeated Kawai to put them on the verge of victory. London’s fate was sealed as Howieson dispatched of Ware, before Main added gloss to the scoreline with a win over Beerling.
Finally, Fusion got off to a solid start with a 7-1 win over Kingfisher. Michael O’Drsicoll, Lorestas Trumpauskas and David Okoh all registered two wins each, whilst Alex Forshaw added another set to the score. O’Driscoll and Trumpauskas gave Fusion a 2-0 lead with wins over Marcus Giles and Federico Viterbo before Okoh made it 3-0 with victory over Joshua Gallen.
Hari Gehlot pulled one back for Kingfisher with victory over Forshaw, but Fusion recovered to take the next four sets and take the match.