Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Diamonds Squeeze out a Narrow Victory

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Diamonds Squeeze out a Narrow Victory

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Newcastle Diamonds ......................... 48 Birmingham Brummies ..................... 45 THIS encounter was always going to be tight and so it proved, writes LAWRENCE HEPPELL.And there was a narrow escape in heat one with the Brummies' James Cockle falling on the fourth bend, but parking his bike mid-track he had to leap for cover as the other riders continued racing despite the red lights on early.

The bright sun seemed to be the problem as Trent Leverington, Carl Wilkinson and Jason Lyons took rapid evasions.

Birmingham's Tomas Piszcz took a wide line on bend two in heat four to take both Craig Branney and Kenni Larsen to lead well and win with veteran Mark Burrows third in a 2-4 leaving the score at 14-10. Adam McKinna, making his return SPEEDWAY debut for the Diamonds in place of Casper Wortmann, took two straight wins followed by a second behind partner Larsen in heat 11 in a vital 5-1 to extend the home lead to a comfortable 39-27.

Skipper Jason King managed two fine passes round his Midland opponents in heat 12, but with Branney falling on the third lap the race was shared 3-3.

In heat 13 the Brummies placed Piszcz on a tactical ride for double points, and disaster hit Newcastle. With Piszcz well in front both Wilkinson and Larsen passed the experienced Aussie behind the Pole, but half a lap later Larsen fell on bend one. Wilkinson fell a further half-lap on with the referee stopping the race to disqualify the Newcastle guest, Larsen survived for a second outing as he had got back under power.

In the re-run Piszcz completed his fourth straight win, taking six points with

Lyons taking third in a 2-7 to tighten the match again at 44-37.

Worse, in heat 14 Sneddon moved at the start, but disadvantaged himself as the referee let the race run as Sneddon and McKinna took each other close to the fence and a 1-5 for Birmingham resulted.

In the deciding final heat Piszcz fell hard on the inside line of bend one resulting in a re-run with all four riders.

In the second attempt Lyons fell into the first bend fence in a rider-domino and Piszcz was excluded. …

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