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Diamonds cut cup deficit to only six points vs Berwick (decider tonight @ Brough 6.30pm)
Sunday 2nd June 2019, 00:39 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
​ The Championship Knockout Cup event landed in Berwick last night with the "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) quarter final first leg against local rivals, the Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds who were boasting their new boy at reserve, Jacob Bukhave, their third Dane in their current line-up.
Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 48
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 42
Championship Knock Out Cup Quarter Final First Leg

It was a case of retirements in the opening few heats with Aaron Summers losing a chain in Heat One after a close pass from Steve Worrall in the 3-3 won well by Jye Etheridge before Newcastle's Danny Phillips suffered an engine failure in the second heat, an emphatic home 5-1 to Coty Garcia following home Leon Flint taking the scores to 8-4.

The 5-1 was reversed in Heat Three with Etheridge suffering an issue on the first bend causing him to lose a lot of ground and eventual retirement as Lasse Bjerre and Matthew Wethers cleaned up, although the Bandits eased back into the lead again after a Heat Four 4-2 with both the winner and third, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and Flint passing Thomas Jorgensen and Bukhave off bend two as Berwick lead 13-11.

However with Jorgensen getting the better of Summers in Heat Six the 3-3 held the gap at plus two for Berwick, and a win well, as the rain started, for Busk Jakobsen well ahead of Bjerre and Wethers in a straight forward 3-3 taking the scores on to 22-20.

Busk Jakobsen was the r/r ride in Heat Eight and rose well to win but behind Clegg rode out of his skin to pass Flint off bend two to reduce the home advantage to 4-2, but pushing the Bandits ahead by 26-22.

Following a 3-3 in the ninth, Bukhave jetting brilliantly from last to second off bend two, but Flint brought the house down with a magnificent Heat 10 when he gated in second behind Summers and held his two points despite the hardest of challenges from Bjerre behind in a 5-1 that pushed Berwick ahead by 34-26. The 16 year old's finest moment so far? Quite possibly.

Gappmaier's resurgence continued in Heat 12 with a great win over Bjerre as Flint battled hard with Bukhave for the point and move Berwick to 10 points ahead with three races of the first leg to go. Worrall went from first to third and back to first on the opening bend of Heat 13 as he took on Busk Jakobsen and Summers and won in a shared 3-3, and with Wethers taking the win in Heat 14 over Garcia and Etheridge, with one to go the meeting was still separated by 10 points.

Newcastle made a terrific start to Heat 15 with Worrall completing a fine night's work, leading and then joined up front by Jorgensen who held second over Busk Jakobsen to the flag to narrow the first leg score to 48-42 going in to Sunday's deciding leg at Newcastle (6.30pm).

Both team managers were enjoying a sense of satisfaction afterwards, Berwick's Gary Flint saying: "It was a smaller win to what we were hoping for but it was a win at the end of he night and puts us up going into the second leg, but the resounding cry from the guys in Black and Gold is we're not out of it and come the second leg, get ready 'cos we're going for it!"

Diamonds' team boss George English was over the moon with his side's late comeback, saying: "Compared to our Shield match at Shielfield Park, tonight was a significant improvement and to reduce their lead from 10 to four in the last heat was a bit of a cherry on the top. they took a 12-point win over the us at Brough Park in the Shield, but that was way back in April, and we be much better than that tonight."

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 48

1 Aaron Summers R,2,3,1* = 6+1
2 Kevin Doolan - Rider replacement
3 Dany Gappmaier 1,2,1*,3,3,0 = 10
4 Jye Etheridge 3,R,1*,0,1* = 5+2
5 Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 3,3,3,1*,2,1 = 13+1
6 Coty Garcia (r) 2*,0,2,2 = 6+1
7 Leon Flint (r) 3,1,1,2*,1 = 8+1

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 42

1 Steve Worrall (c) 2,3,3,3,3 = 14
2 Max Clegg 1*,0,2,0 = 3+1
3 Lasse Bjerre 3,2,1,2 = 8
4 Matthew Wethers 2*,1*,0,3 = 6+2
5 Thomas Jorgensen 2,3,1*,0,2* = 8+2
6 Jacob Bukhave (r) 1,0,N,2,0 = 3
7 Danny Phillips (r) R,N,0,0,0 = 0
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