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Urban top British League following Ormeau triumph

Author: Mathew Shaw (from Table Tennis England Website)

Publish date: December 4, 2017

Urban became the outright leaders of Premier British League with a superb 6-2 win at Ormeau.

The two sides topped the league table after two rounds following unbeaten starts, with this match handing either side the opportunity to set the pace at the top.

Urban were the side to do so as they registered six straight sets to take the points.

Doubles from Japanese talent Satoshi Aida and Daniel Schaffer proved to be the difference as the duo continued their impressive starts to the season.

It started well for the Northern Irish side, backed by their partisan contingent, as Brazilian Vitor Ishiy defeated Szilard Gyorgy.

However, the middle of the match belonged to the visitors. Aida cruised past McCreery before Alim Hirji and Schaffer picked up 3-1 victories over Ashley Robinson and Owen Cathcart respectively.

Aida caught the eye again with a 3-0 win over Ishiy to secure a second consecutive maximum, before Gyorgy defeated Robinson to claim the win.

The Hungarian, Schaffer, then defeated McCreery 3-1, before Cathcart notched a consolation with a 3-0 win over Hirji.

That defeat has seen Ormeau drop to fourth, with Ormesby and Drumchapel leapfrogging them in the table.

SBL Premier Division after Round 3

Urban Scorecard

Satoshi Aida leads Urban to a 6-2 victory over Ormeau in Belfast in the Senior British League Premier Division for Urban to take top spot just one point ahead of Ormesby and Drumchapel Glasgow.

Daniel Schaffer chalked up two useful wins over Paul McCreery (9, 8, -9, 7) and Owen Cathcart (8, -8, 4, 6) to aid Urban to their victory over Ormeau in Belfast

Photo's by Michael Loveder Photography

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