Ormeau controls the battle for second place in the SBL Premier Division with a 6-1 win over North Ayrshire on Saturday. The Northern Irish side were impressive but didn’t do everything their way in a closer tie than the crushing scoreline suggested.
North Aryshire and Ormeau entered the first half of the Premier Division having each won three times throughout the season. As Ormesby was out of reach at the top of the standings, thanks to his undefeated record of five regular season wins, this game was always going to be crucial in the race for second place.
The home trio of Matt Ware, Oriol Monzo and Zak Wilson won the decisive moments to ensure they were highly likely to finish behind Ormesby.
In front of a crowd of traveling fans, Ware opened the game against Colin Dalgleish. Dalgleish looked set to give the opposing team a good start, but Ware came back from two runs to eventually win in five.
Wilson then stepped up to beat Sean Doherty in three before the double. It was another close game as Ware teamed up with Monzo to take on a Doherty/Dalgleish duo. The lead went back and forth before Ware/Monzo clinched fifth 11-6 and gave Ormeau a 3-0 lead.
Monzo was back in singles action against Martin Johnson playing his first draw of the day. The first two sets were split before the Ormeau man retired, eventually winning 3-1. Ware followed up his fine afternoon by beating Doherty in three before Dalgleish was involved in another affair in five sets. He won the first two again but Monzo fought back to win the last three 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 and the match.
Martin Johnson ensured North Ayrshire got a point on the board by beating Zak Wilson in four, with the players shaking hands with the final score 6-1 at Ormeau.
Just two rounds left in the SBL Premier Division with Ormesby ready to host Ormeau on the 7thand May as the North East side look to continue their unbeaten season. BATTS will play Fusion as the lower tier also enters its final two rounds.
Matt Ware vs. Colin Dalgleish 3-2 (9-11, 13-15, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5)
Zak Wilson vs. Sean Doherty 3-0 (11-9, 11-1, 11-8)
Matt Ware/Oriol Monzo v Sean Doherty/Colin Dalgleish 3-2 (6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 12-10, 11-6)
Oriol Monzo v Martin Johnson 3-1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4)
Matt Ware vs. Sean Doherty 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 13-11)
Oriol Monzo v Colin Dalgleish 3-2 (11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7)
Martin Johnson beats Zak Wilson 3-1 (11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 14-12)
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