North Ayrshire Upset League Champions Brighton, Advance to SBL Premier Cup Semis

North Ayrshire Stun League Champions Brighton to Reach SBL Premier Cup Semi-Finals

In a thrilling quarter-final clash, the host club North Ayrshire dashed Brighton’s hopes of a double by clinching a 4-2 victory to secure their place in the SBL Premier Cup semi-finals. The action-packed encounter took place in Largs, with the live stream available on TTE.TV starting at 2:30 pm on Saturday.

Leading the charge for the Scottish side was Victor Gorman, who bookended the tie with a pair of wins and also teamed up with Martin Johnson to claim the doubles. Gorman’s opening victory over Joseph Langham-Ferreira was followed by Ihor Zavadskyi’s triumph over Johnson, leveling the scores at 1-1. North Ayrshire regained the lead in the doubles, but Will Bayley’s win over Chris Main knotted the match at 2-2, with the Paralympian-in-waiting celebrating wildly as he clinched the decisive point.

The see-saw battle continued, with Johnson overcoming Langham-Ferreira, but Gorman then sealed the semi-final spot for North Ayrshire by comfortably dispatching Bayley in three games.

Elsewhere in the Quarter-Finals

“Drumchapel Glasgow became the first team to reach the semis, cruising past a young Ormeau side 4-1. Danny Bajwa starred for the Scottish club, winning twice, including the match that clinched the victory. Victor Guang Shi and Bajwa also teamed up to take the doubles.”

In the other quarter-final, Ormesby eased past Nottingham 4-0, despite a close encounter that saw two matches go the distance. Abraham Sellado’s dramatic comeback win over Joe Sawyer was a highlight, as was Graeme Barella and Adam Webster’s doubles triumph.

Defending champions BATTS opened their campaign with a 4-1 victory over Fusion, though the scoreline belies the tight nature of the contest. Chris Doran and Josh Bennett secured wins for the home side, with the doubles providing a brief respite for Fusion before BATTS sealed their place in the semis.

With the semi-final lineup now complete, fans can look forward to an exciting weekend of table tennis action, as the race for the SBL Premier Cup intensifies.

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