London Academy romped to the Senior British League, Championship Division title as four more victories on the final weekend saw them finish the season unbeaten and seven points clear at the top.

The key matches from the weekend are all available on demand at TTE.TV.

Going into the weekend with a four-point lead and with their destiny very much in their own hands, their opening match against nearest challengers BATTS II was always going to shape the weekend.

When Joe Ferguson beat Gabriel Achampong 3-2 (3-11, 13-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9) to put BATTS in front, the Essex club’s hopes were raised.

But London hit back with a vengeance, winning the next four to ensure they would at minimum get a draw. There were two wins for Edward Wesshagen and a crucial 3-2 (11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6) victory for Fredrik Nordahl over Jack Bennett in match three.

Bennett beat Achampong in four games in match six to keep the draw on the cards for BATTS, but Jerry Fung saw off Luc Miller in four to seal the match for London, though Jack Ferguson did have the last word for BATTS to make the final score 5-3.

With London Academy now six points clear with three to play, it was only a question of when they would make mathematically certain of the title, and they did so at the first opportunity as they defeated Urban in their next match.

The winning London Academy line-up

They did not have that one all their own way – indeed, after leading 1-0 and 2-1, they found themselves 3-2 down following five-game victories for James Hamblett, who beat Liam McTiernan 11-9 in the fifth, and Joseph Hunter, who saw off Wesshagen courtesy of an 11-6, 10-12, 14-12, 10-12, 11-6 scoreline.

The next two matches also went to five but were both won by the Academy – Fung’s eye-catching 11-13, 11-5, 16-14, 11-13, 11-8 defeat of Alim Hirji and Achampong against Hamblett. McTiernan then completed the 5-3 scoreline in favour of the Academy by defeated Mateusz Mikosz in four.

BATTS had kept their hopes alive with a 6-2 win over Perry Dale and then beat bottom club PPong team by the same margin on Sunday morning.

But they finished on a losing note at the hands of Urban on Sunday afternoon, again by the 6-2 scoreline as Hamblett, Hirji and Felix Thomis all won twice.

That result actually dropped BATTS to fourth place in the final table as both hosts Nottingham and Norfolk side Wymondham went above them.

Nottingham had been beaten 5-3 by Urban in the first round of matches, but hit back to beat Brighton II, Fusion II and Ormesby II – with 8-0 whitewashes in the first two and a 7-1 scoreline in the last.

Also finishing fast were Wymondham, who beat Brighton 6-2 and Fusion 7-1 on Saturday, then followed up with a 5-3 victory over Ormesby and a 6-2 defeat of PPong on Sunday to complete a 100% weekend.

That was enough to squeeze ahead of BATTS into third place, a point behind Nottingham. Wymondham and BATTS finished level on points, but the East Anglian side took third by the narrowest of margins on sets difference, with a ratio of 88-56, compared with 87-57 for BATTS.

Runners-up Nottingham

The top four were streets ahead of the rest, with a nine-point gap to fifth-placed Brighton, who edged out Urban on sets difference.

Perry Dale were seventh, above Ormesby on sets difference, while Fusion ended in ninth. PPong were bottom of the pile, but did pick up their second victory of the season on Saturday morning as they beat Perry Dale 5-3. They were never behind, but had some nervous times when Perry Dale closed a 4-1 gap to 4-3. But Paul Ciccheli completed the 5-3 victory by seeing off Harrison Allwood in three.

Final table
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In the averages, James Hobson finished top with a 100% win-rate from 12 matches for Wymondham – perhaps they might have challenged at the very top had he been available more often.

Ihor Zavadskyi won 6/6 for Brighton, while Ralph Pattison of BATTS – who was missing from the final weekend – ended on 14/15 for a 93.33% ratio.

The top three are followed by a battery of London Academy regulars – Fung (21/25 – 84%), Wesshagen (20/24 – 83.33%) and Nordahl (21/26 – 80.77%).

Nottingham’s Maxim Stevens picked up the award for most victories, however, tasting victory in 25 of his 32 matches.

Maxim Stevens with his award
Other divisions

Ormeau II held off the challenge of Milton Keynes to win the National A (1) title at Halton TTC. The Irish side finished two points ahead – having won 13 matches and lost just once.

The key victory was in Saturday’s first round as they saw off their nearest challengers 7-2, and they then won all three remaining matches to ensure they finished ahead of MK, who had 12 wins and two defeats over the course of the season.

Calum Morrison of Draycott finished top of the averages with a perfect record from 10 matches – Chris Main of North Ayrshire II won 10/10.

National A (2) at Cippenham TTC saw Woodford Wells win 13 of their 14 matches over the season, to put them two points ahead of Wensum in second.

The meeting between the two on Saturday was a close one at 5-4 to Woodford, although they were never behind. Wensum came from 2-0 down to level at 2-2, and then reduced the arrears from 4-2 to 4-3, before Emmanuel Asante took the crucial fifth point, against Veton Zeqiri.

Vladimir Pandurevic topped the averages for Woodford, with 8/8, but Finsbury’s Jonathan Lancry was the best oofthe more regular players, his 18/20 just ahead of Asante’s 21/24.

Ormesby hosted the National B (1) matches and the hosts’ third team also finished top of the standings – though it was a narrow verdict over Colin Deaton, which went down to sets difference.

Both won 11 matches and lost three, but Ormesby’s ratio of 93-33 trumped the 88-38 record of Colin Deaton.

Ormesby had an unbeaten final weekend, while the runners-up lost 5-4 to third-placed Northfield in the penultimate round, a result which proved pivotal.

The hosts also had the top two in the averages – Andrew Wilkinson on 16/16 and Zac Greenhough with 12/12.

Hosts were also triumphant in National B (2), as Butterfly Lilleshall reigned supreme and with a 100% record.

So dominant were they, their nearest challenges Draycott II were a full 10 points behind in second place.

Their mainstays were Lee Horton, Mark Short, Peter Morgan Jr and Michael O’Driscoll, who all featured highly in the averages – Horton leading the way with 17/18 for 94.44%. Knighton Park’s Mohammad Salameh was at the top, having won all eight of his matches.

In National B (3) at Morpeth, Urban II and eBaTT had identical records of 11 wins and three defeats, but Urban got the narrow verdict thanks to a sets difference of 85-41, compared with eBaTT’s 83-43.

In the averages, a collection of players scored highly from eight matches or fewer, but Rochard Carden was the pick of the regulars, the New House player winning 24/28 (85.71%).

London Academy II matched the title-winning feat of their first team as they took top honours in National B (4), on home soil. They finished two points ahead of Portsea Island, having won 12 and lost two.

The averages saw Bryan Aiglemont (Foresters II) and Jamal Dennison (Fusion III) both win 11/12, while Portsea’s Chun Kin Li won 25 of his 28 matches.

National C (1) at Halton went to Drumchapel Glasgow II with a perfect record of 14 wins. Not surprisingly, they also dominated the averages as Xinliang Sun won all 28 matches and Rhoari Rowan all 24.

National C (2) at Scarborough TTC saw the hosts edged into second place on sets difference behind Goodwin. Both won 12 of 14 matches but Goodwin’s sets ratio of 98-28 was better than Scarborough’s record of 85-41.

In the averages, Scarborough’s Martin Lowe won all 20 of his matches to sit top, ahead of Goodwin’s Michael Fraser (23/26).

Lillington won National C (3) at St Neots with a perfect set of 14 victories to finish 8pts ahead of Kidlington Forum.

James Rule of Kidlington topped he averages with 12 from 12. Lillington’s best performer was Rex Wong, with 21/11.

Draycott IV lost only once all season as they took the National C (4) honours on home territory, a couple of points ahead of Halton.

Louis Cheung Turner won all 12 of his matches for Halton to lead the averages.

In National C (5), Joola Plymouth II were another side to taste defeat only once as they finished six points clear of hosts Cippenham II.

Leo Nguyen was their mainstay as he won all 18 of his matches to top the averages.

Ellenborough II’s perfect 14 victories saw them win National C (6) at Morpeth, six points ahead of Worthing.

With several players on 100% records from eight matches of fewer, the leading regular was Pedros Santos of Worthing, who won 22/24.

Woodford Wells II took victory in National C (7) at BATTS, winning 13 matches to finish two points ahead of New House II. James Donald of BATTS III won all 12 of his matches to lead the averages.

National C (8) went to Fulham Brunswick, winning 11 of 12 matches and having a healthy six-point cushion ahead of Fusion V. The only 100% record was Fusion’s Francesco Bonato’s from eight matches, ahead of two players on 9/10 – team-mate Frederic Wilke and Matthew Mulley of Fulham.