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Kings stamp authority on tie to reach semi

Coalville scored three 5-1ís and a 4-2 in the closing four races of their Division One Cup tie with Stowmarket to progress into the semi-finals of the competition for the second successive season. The meeting scores were level going into heat 12 of the contest, one the Kings had to win by at least ten to stand a chance of reaching the last four, anything less and Verwood were ready to pounce on the runners-up place in the group behind Wimbledon. The Coalville charge began when Garry Bowman fell in heat 12, home reserve Garry Kelly (6+3) picking up an unexpected two points behind his heat leader Travis Foxman (8+1), who hadnít won a race previously in the meeting. One 5-1 became two when Mark Jolly (15) and Russell Lewis (12+2) broke clear of Lasse Classen (12) and Grzegorz Kowalczyk (10+1) at the start of heat 13, all too easy in the end with the Witches top pairing seemingly going through the motions. Stowmarketís chances of a last four spot were already all but over, the death knell however would be rung by Maurizio Giacomini (12+2) who picked off Bowman to claim victory in a heat 14 4-2. Overall it was the Italian second stringís best performance of the season and he certainly deserved his shot at heat 15, he didnít let the fans or his boss Alan Fellows down. Gating last the 23 year old fought his way past both Classen and Kowalczyk to join Jolly for another Coalville 5-1, the Kings winners by 14 and into the last four. They face Group A winners and current holders Leeds at that stage, Group B winners Wimbledon take on Brickhill in the other semi-final tie.

Iwade continue to enjoy their best ever league season with a second away win of the top flight campaign for the Colts helping them to close within three points of leaders Leeds. It was returned at Stowmarket, 44-46, where a last heat Andrey Kusov (13)/Oksana Chaplinski (10+2) 5-1 secured them the victory in a meeting where there was never more than four points in it. After being dropped from the side by Terry Meech for the first time last week, Lubomir Kan was back in favour, the 20 year old slotting in at second string where he picked up a couple of good second place finishes, beating home heat leader Erich Pavlik (4) to do so in both heats three and 14. A setback for a Stowmarket side that hadnít lost at Green Meadow in their previous 46 league meetings there, but they made partial amends later in the week at Gorleston, that meeting finishing all square thanks to their own heat 15 maximum, given to them by Lasse Classen (12+1) and Grzegorz Kowalczyk (13+1). Elsewhere in the top flight Burnham slipped further adrift at the bottom of standings as they were defeated at home 40-50 by Verwood, the Vipers leading throughout the clash having gone in front with a Miloslav Dorosh (13+1) winning heat one 4-2, Dorosh and Cvetko Greiwe (13+1) ensured a double digit victory when joining forces for 5-1ís in both heats 13 and 15. Another to impress for the Vipers was 18 year old Cerek Ostrowski, he scoring nine from his four rides at second string.

 

Championship favourite Cerek Ostrowski (8) needed a last heat win in his qualifier to earn himself a place in this years WU19 Final. Not a good showing for the Pole prior to his heat 17 success over David Duckworth (8), another rider lucky to get through to the decider. For the British Under 19 Champion it was the equipment which let him down, he suffering two engine failures in the Brickhill meeting prior to picking up the vital second behind Ostrowski. They sneaked through by a point in the end from a meeting won by Wimbledonís £700,000 pre-season signing Rubert Zmolek (13). Eastbourneís Jamie Whittaker (14) continued his great run of form in SL27 by winning the second of the semi-finals in Prague by three points from fellow Brití Charlie Jenkins, having started the season at reserve 17 year old Whittaker rode his first meeting at second string for the Seagulls this week, scoring an impressive paid eight in their win over Gorleston.

 

A 44-46 win at Beverley has taken Cradley Heath back into the division two promotion places. A success which was achieved with the help of a season best score from Russian teen reserve Yerik Pavlosky, who took his tally to 9+1 from five with a second victory of the meeting in heat 14.

 

The third divisions two top of Runcorn (29 points) and Claygate (24) gave themselves some more breathing space in the promotion places with their fifth and third away wins of the campaign respectively. The leaders victory was returned at Coventry where a last heat 5-1 from the unbeaten Jake Coiner (14+1) and Anton Kihlstedt (11+1) decided things in their favour, 43-47, a four point away win also for Claygate, reserve Thomas Sullivan (9) wrapping up the points for them at Paull with a penultimate race victory over Fiske Wahlquist.

 

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