Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sparkling Kyle Fires Diamonds; Rebels Crushed to Set Up Tigers Semi-Final

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sparkling Kyle Fires Diamonds; Rebels Crushed to Set Up Tigers Semi-Final

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Byline: BARRY WALLACE

ANOTHER terrific show by Kyle Newman, with splendid support from Stuart Robson, Claes Nedermark and Richie Worrall, ensured holders Newcastle Diamonds' passage into the semi-finals of the Premier League Knockout Cup, where they will meet Glasgow Tigers.

Newman, whose 15 (paid 17) tally in the first leg at Somerset on Friday was a fantastic effort, showed he has now totally got the hang of the tricky Byker track by coming up with a repeat performance, which included four wins, helping the Diamonds to a 53- 37 victory last night and a 97-83 success on aggregate.

After Friday's 46-44 reverse, the Sapphire Engineering Diamonds were stunned when the Rebels, despite top man Travis McGowan being excluded for breaking the tapes, raced away to a 5-1 in the opening race over guest Jason Lyons and Derek Sneddon.

With Newcastle still two points behind on aggregate after seven races, Newman came in to replace skipper Sneddon, reeled off his third win of the match and, with Worrall in third place, helped square the exciting cup-tie 69-69 overall.

The loss of Sneddon was a blow to the Diamonds after crashing in his second race as he was ruled out of further action with an injured right foot, which meant the Diamonds' overworked reserves had to take extra rides as well as covering the shareout of Jason King's outings. Individual ride of the night was undoubtedly the one by Robson, who broke the tapes at the start of heat nine and was penalised 15 metres. However, the star Diamond made light of his handicap and within a lapand-a-half came roaring past race leader Newman as Newcastle raced to their first 5-1 of the match.

Worrall, who had chipped in with valuable third places on four occasions, made a superb start in heat 10 and, with Lyons covering him beautifully, the Diamonds raced away to a second 5-1 which knocked some of the stuffing out of the Rebels. …

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