Speedway: Group stage woe for Tigers duo

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Sheffield missed out on Premier League Pairs Championship glory after failing to get through from the group stage at Somerset last night.

The Tigers duo of Ricky Wells and Richard Hall scored 11 and 4 respectively, but their total wasn’t enough to qualify for the semi-finals with Workington (24) and Edinburgh (21) progressing.

They were in contention with the top two after the first couple of qualifying heats against the Plymouth and Leicester pairings, but under the 4-3-2-0 scoring system the Edinburgh duo of Claus Vissing and Craig Cook produced a big 7-2 in the third set of races leaving them with a mountain to climb in their final ride. That saw them up against Workington with Wells beating Comets men Rene Bach and Richard Lawson to the chequered flag, but with Hall running a last place they lost the heat 4-5 and took no further part in the meeting.

In the semi-finals the hosts Somerset made it through with a 5-4 advantage against Edinburgh and then they were joined in the Grand Final by Scunthorpe who defeated Workington by the same advantage.

In the Final the home pairing of Jason Doyle and Josh Grajczonek were very impressive and beat Scorpions Josh Auty and David Howe with a maximum 7-2 meaning the Rebels lifted the trophy for the first time in their history.