|King's Lynn MONEY CENTRE 'Stars' v. Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers'||Premier League||14th June|
Referee: Barbara Horley
|1. Daniel Nermark||6.70||3||2||3||3||11|
|2. Trevor Harding||3.47||2'||1'||3||2'||8+3|
|3. Troy Batchelor||6.54||2'||1||2'||2||7+2|
|4. Kevin Doolan||6.50||3||3||3||3||3||15|
|5. Tomas Topinka ©||9.66||3||3||3||2'||2'||13+2|
|6. Chris Mills||(A)||3||0||1||0||4|
|7. John Oliver||(C)||2'||1||ef||1'||4+2|
|King's Lynn 'Stars'||5||10||15||19||23||26||29||32||37||42||46||49||54||57||62||107|
|1. Ricky Ashworth||7.94||ef||ex||2||0||2|
|2. Ben Wilson||6.25||1||2||*4||0||7|
|3. Kyle Legault||6.32||1||1'||1||3||1||7+1|
|4. Emiliano Sanchez||7.08||0||2||0||2||4|
|5. André Compton ©||9.37||2||*6||1||1||0||10|
|6. Paul Cooper||(B)||+0||0||0||0||0|
|7. Mark Thompson||(g)||1||0||1'||1'||3+2|
|Fastest this season; 58.3
Batchelor & Topinka
With Daniel Nermark returning to the side after missing the Stars’ weekend matches at Edinburgh and Berwick with a foot injury he suffered in a clash with Garry Stead last Wednesday night, King’s Lynn were at full strength for this match. Sheffield were without reserve, Benji Compton, who was out injured and they had Mark Thompson as a guest at number 7.
King’s Lynn, in a rich vein of form at present after taking three points on the road with a draw at Edinburgh and victory at Berwick, were looking for all three points up for grabs in this match following their draw at Sheffield two weeks ago. There was never any doubt that they would get them after a blistering start which saw them win all of the first five races for a 16 point advantage. Once again King’s Lynn produced another massive home win. In fact, you have to go back to Aril 26 to find the last time the Stars failed to hit the 60 point mark in a match at Saddlebow Road.
The opening races weren't without incident though. Ashworth and Wilson were fast away for Sheffield in the opening heat but both were passed by Daniel Nermark and Trevor Harding to give the Stars the perfect start. John Oliver passed Mark Thompson in heat 2 to join Chris Mills for another 5-1 then Doolan and Batchelor added another in the third heat after Kyle Legault had made a good start for the Tigers. Topinka and Compton clashed on the first bend of heat 4 causing Topinka to fall and Oliver to lay his bike down causing a rerun with ‘all four back’. Tomas Topinka won the rerun after a passing and re-passing bout with André Compton for a 4-2 taking the score to 19-5.
It took three starts before heat 5 was completed. The first attempt was pulled back after an unsatisfactory start which resulted in a warning for Kevin Doolan for moving. Then, in the second attempt, Ricky Ashworth was excluded for unfair riding after diving hard under Troy Batchelor. At the third time of asking, Ben Wilson was fast away but was soon passed by Kevin Doolan. Wilson did keep Troy Batchelor at bay for a 4-2 then Sheffield gave a tactical ride to André Compton in heat 6. Compton won comfortably from Nermark and Harding for a 3-6 almost doubling the Tigers’ score in one fell swoop then Sheffield shared heat 7. Topinka won the race but Sanchez and Legault had no difficulty keeping Chris Mills at the back. In heat 8 it was Ben Wilson’s turn to take a tactical ride for the visitors. He led briefly but was passed by Trevor Harding. Since John Oliver dropped out with an engine failure at the start the Tigers took a 3-5 by finishing second and third which took the score to 32-21.
In heat 9 Doolan and Batchelor produced another 5-1 in spite of the efforts of André Compton and Nermark and Harding added another in heat 10. Tomas Topinka won heat 11 from Ricky Ashworth but Sheffield’s hopes of a shared race disappeared when Chris Mills passed Ben Wilson for third place and a 4-2. However, a fine win for Kyle Legault from Troy Batchelor added three points to the Sheffield total in heat 12 which made the score 49-28.
André Compton was on the wrong end of another 5-1 in heat 13 as Nermark and Topinka headed him home but heat 14 was shared. Kevin Doolan continued his unbeaten run by beating Emiliano Sanchez but Chris Mills fell trying to round Sanchez so Mark Thompson picked up his third point of the match. Kevin Doolan and Tomas Topinka completed their maximums in heat 15 in another 5-1 although Topinka had some work to do to finish second only passing Kyle Legault on the last lap.
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