The opening day of Premier British League ended with three teams all securing back-to-back victories.
Following an 8-0 disposal of Cardiff in the morning, Sycamore continued their impressive start to the season with a 7-1 victory over BATTS. Chris Doran was the star performer again as he maintained his unbeaten start to the season, whilst Petko Gabrovski and Viktor Gorman also won two matches.
Doran put last year’s runners-up in the lead with a 3-1 victory over Tobias Bergman, but that lead soon vanished as Michael Tauber impressively defeated David McBeath by the same scoreline.
However, Sycamore responded to that minor setback superbly, claiming the next six sets, with Doran and Gabrovski especially impressing with victories over Tauber and Bergman respectively, with the margin of victory leaving Sycamore on top of the table after the first day.
Defending champions Ormesby also kept their unbeaten star intact with a 6-2 win over Fusion. Two defeats for Darius Knight proved insignificant, as Gavin Evans, Tom Jarvis and Danny Lawrence all replied with two wins apiece to secure victory. For Evans in particular his brace ended an impressive day, not dropping a single end throughout his four matches and adding Michael O’Driscoll to his list of wins after beating Michael Tauber and Adam Nutland in the morning.
Ormesby were left stunned as Lorestas Trumpauskas picked up another victory over Knight, having defeated the England international last season. However, Evans levelled the match with victory over Michael O’Driscoll, before wins for Jarvis and Lawrence over Alex Forshaw and David Okoh put Ormesby in the ascendency. Fusion threatened a comeback as O’Driscoll impressively defeated Knight, but any glimmer of hope Fusion had was extinguished as Jarvis defeated Trumpauskas 3-1, before Evans and Lawrence secured victory.
Drumchapel went about their business quietly on day one, but ended it with two victories after cruising past Kingfisher 8-0. In an utterly dominant display, Drumchapel surrendered just a solitary game, with Hari Gehlot losing to Chris Wheeler 3-1.
However Kingfisher couldn’t offer any more resistance after that, losing heavily to the Scottish based side, with new signings Xiaoxun Wu and Hongsheng Wang continuing to impress.
London Academy and Cardiff City TTC both picked up their first point of the season as they played out a 4-4 draw.
A topsy-turvy contest saw the lead change hands four times before Dan O’Connell rescued a point for Cardiff with victory over Omar Khassal in the final set of the match.
Doubles for London’s duo of Ryota Kawai and Matt Ware had put them on course for victory. But Cardiff’s quartet picked up a win each, with Wiktor Dzwonkowski and Craig Bryant both impressively defeating Dexter St Louis whilst O’Connell and Simon Noutch both overcame Khassal.