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British League Premier Division Preview

22 Nov 2010

British League Premier Division action will be taking place at BATTS next weekend (Saturday/Sunday 27/28 November 2010). Action kicks off at 11.00 hours on Saturday and at 10.00 hours on the Sunday and in what is
undoubtedly a stronger Competition this year, many of Britain’s best players are eligible to play.

Leading the way is English number one Paul Drinkhall (Barrow) - fresh from his magnificent success in the Under 21 Singles event in the Polish Open. Others to look out for are Gavin Rumgay (Barrow), Darius Knight (Barrow), Ryan Jenkins (Drumchapel Glasgow), Craig Howieson (Drumpchapel Glasgow) and John Murphy (Ormesby) as well as former international players Gareth Herbert (Drumchapel Glasgow), Terry Young (Drumchapel Glasgow), Jason Sugrue (DHS Greenhouse Progress), Colum Slevin (DHS Greenhouse Progress) and Sule Olaleye (Fusion).

Local interest is provided by former Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion, Lorestas Trumpauskas, who is in the Fusion squad as well as by the BATTS team who can choose from Wang Zheng, Craig Bryant, John Nillsson, Thomas Bennborn, Jimmy Walsh and Martin Kubrt.

Sunday afternoon action features the match which may well decide the destination of the title - the return fixture between the leaders Barrow and the holders - Drumchapel Glasgow. The match starts at 14.00 hours. Don’t miss it. Drumchapel will be out to avenge their 5-3 defeat at the London Progress Club in September.

Other matches to look out for are the round five clash on Saturday morning between Sycamore and Fusion. Sycamore will be looking for more heroics from newcomer Omkar Torgalkar, who made a major impact in the first round of matches beating Michael Marsden, John Murphy and Gareth Herbert.

Promoted Fusion will be looking to build on their impressive start to the Season and they will choose from a squad of Sule Olaleye, Lorestas Trumpauskas, Adelele Kaseem Adisia, Emran Hussain and Tommy Cutler. Westfield will be keen to make a good impression against Fusion on the Sunday morning and they will be
looking to their no. one player - Richard Andrews, newly promoted to no. 16 in England to come up with the goods. Playing at no. four for Westfield last time was England no. five Junior Boy Lewis Gray, who has rocketed up the Senior rankings from no. 96 to no. 57. He will be looking for further advancement.

Admission is free all weekend and a Canteen will be serving hot food.

For those who cannot make Saturday or Sunday - Friday night offers an equally impressive spectacle. Round two of the BATTS Super League has a top class field in attendance. It has been so well subscribed that the number of entries have been increased from 32 to 48. Many of the British League  Premier Division
stars will be taking part, aiming for a share of the £ 500 prize money. A top-class field includes the likes of Gavin Rumgay, Ryan Jenkins, Darius Knight, Chris Doran, Po Huang “Barry” Chen, Jason Sugrue, Michael Marsden, Wang Zheng and Colum Slevin. Admission is free and the action starts at 19.00 hours. Again, an event very well worth going to see.
Steve Kerms