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The British League season will come to a dazzling close as the Senior British League travels to Ormesby for the final weekend of the season.

A host of Britain’s top players will make the trip north to battle it out for one of the most illustrious prizes in British table tennis, with the likes of Olympian Joanna Parker, former Commonwealth champion Michael O’Driscoll and 11 time Welsh champion Ryan Jenkins all competing in Britain’s best league, while Swede Tobias Bergman and Italians Giovanni Le Borgne and Louis Brunet could also make the trip to take part.

B-Batt Pavilion and Sycamore head into the weekend as the front runners for the title, and the two sides will face off in the last of six rounds of fixtures. However, they must first come through the likes of Ormesby, who are likely to be cheered on by a healthy following on home soil.

At the other end of the table, Kingfisher have much work to do after four consecutive defeats saw them sink to the foot of the table. However, with Wymondham and Barrow Tornadoes both just two points ahead, the division promises to provide an excellent finale at both ends of the table.

The battle between B-Batt and Sycamore looks set to be one of the most dramatic in recent memory. B-Batt go into the weekend ahead of their foes by a solitary point after Sycamore’s draw with Fusion on the opening game of the season the only difference between the two teams. Both sides couldn’t be separated when they met in September, with the sides contesting a 4-4 draw.

England number 9 Matt Ware missed that game through injury, however he will return to partner David Mcbeath, who leads the averages, and England number 14 Sean Cullen. They will be joined by Northern Ireland’s number 1 Paul McCreery and Kevin Dolder to provide a formidable test for any side.

Meanwhile, England number 6 Chris Doran will figurehead B-Batt’s challenge for the title, and will be ably supported by O’Driscoll, Niall Cameron and one of England’s most talented youngsters, Helshan Weerasinghe.

Play will commence at 10am on Saturday, with the thrills and spills taking place until Sunday evening. All are welcome to attend what promises to be one of the most important weekends in the British League’s recent history.

Matthew Shaw
British League Press & Publicity Team

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