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Sun 26th August British Individual Championship Finals Bury and Sheffield

It was another great day of racing for Astley & Tyldesley's cycle speedway riders on Day 2 of the British Individual Finals weekend. Despite the awful weather, with heavy rain falling for most of the day, A&T enjoyed great results in the matches at Bury and Sheffield.

A&T finished the day with two more British Individual champions, to add to the two won on Saturday! 14 years old Emily Burgess raced to a 16 points maximum score to win the u-16 Girls British Individual title at Sheffield, a repeat of her victory in more pleasant conditions in the u-14 Girls Final the previous day. Steve Harris beat Norwich's Paddy Wenn in a run-off at Bury, after both had scored 14 points, to win the o-50 Veterans British Individual title. Amazingly, this win is Steve's 17th British individual title win, an all time record in cycle speedway.

Ciaran Collins rode really well in the Junior British Individual Final at Sheffield, to score 15 points and finish in joint 6th place. Reece Pollitt rode superbly, to score 15 points in each of his two British Open Individual Semi-Final matches at Bury, to qualify for his first ever British Individual Open Final. Reece pulled off a great pass to beat former World number 2 Chris Timms from the back, as well as victories over former British Champions Ben Mould and Zac Payne.

Steve Harris scored 10 points in his 1st Open Semi-Final match. However, the defending champion withdrew from the o-40 Veterans Individual Final, after scoring 1 point from two rides, and he was a non starter for the 2nd Open Semi-Final. Conditions were simply too bad for a Grand Veteran rider to complete four matches on the day.

Emily's and Steve's British Individual title wins lift the number of British Individual titles and Grand Prix series wins by Astley & Tyldesley riders to 22. Steve is the first A&T rider to win a British title, who wasn't a home grown rider. Reece Pollitt is only the second A&T rider to qualify for a British Open Individual Final. Chris Finnigan was our only other representative, in the 2006 Final at Bury.

Steve Harris' elimination from this year's British Open Individual means that his all time record of 25 British Open Final appearances remains intact. His nearest rivals are Lee Aris and Derek Garnett, on 18 appearances. Andy Angell, making his 11th British Open Individual Final appearance, will be the most experienced British Finalist in tomorrow's match, on his home track.
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