|Long Eaton 'Archers' v Sheffield 'Tigers'||
13th Aug 1963
|1. Danny Dunton||2||2||2||ef||-||6|
|2. Jon Erskine||0||1'||1'||2||2||6+2|
|3. Colin Pratt (guest)||2||1||2||3||2||10|
|4. Slant Payling||0||0||2||0||0||2|
|5. Norman Storer||ef||-||-||-||0|
|6. Ken Vale ||1||0||1'||1'||3+2|
|7. Tony Eadon||2||1'||3+1|
|Long Eaton 'Archers'||2||4||5||8||10||11||14||17||20||23||25||28||30|
|1. Alan Jay ||1||3||3||3||10|
|2. Clive Featherby||3||3||2'||0||8+1|
|3. Tony Robinson||3||1||3||1||8|
|4. Ron Bagley||1||3||3||1||8|
|5. Tommy Roper||3||ef||2||0||5|
|6. Johnny Dews||2'||3||1'||3||9+2|
|7. Ken Handscombe||0||0||0|
|Track record = 69.0|
Colin Pratt, 6th August '63
The Archers had defeated the Tigers 41-37 in the Provincial League fixture in May and must have been eager to wipe out memory of the stinging 27½-50½ defeat by the Stoke 'Potters' one week previously after losing both Bluey Scott and Jon Erskine in a fearful looking heat 3 crash. Missing from the home side were Charlie Monk who was on test match duty riding for 'Overseas' at St. Austell, and also Bluey Scott who was still recuperating. Bluey's place was covered by Norman Storer with Tony Eadon coming in at reserve while Charlie's place was filled by Stoke's Colin Pratt who had twice broken the lap record the previous week. The Tigers were also a man down with skipper Jack Kitchen's place covered by promoting Tony Robinson and drafting Ken Handscombe in at reserve.
Once the tapes went up the action was somewhat one sided as the Tigers pulled out a 14 point lead in the first six races. Colin Pratt managed the home sides solitary heat win in heat 10 but the Tigers were in determined mood and rattled up their best away score of the season. Only Ken Handscombe failed to win a race for the Tigers, although not a single one of them managed a maximum.
Some familiar names in the second half. The reserves race was won by Ray Wilson, although Sandor Levai was a non-starter. Colin Pratt bounced back to win the (Peter) 'Arnold Scuffle' from John Dews, Clive Featherby and Alan Jay.
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