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Sun 16th July North & Scotland Knock-Out-Cup
Astley & Tyldesley

Congratulations to the A&T Junior team on winning the North & Scotland Junior Cup Final in fine style this afternoon at Gin Pit! The team easily saw off Hull, recording heat wins in eight of the ten races, to run out convincing 62-38 winners and retain the cup. Charlie Burgess, John White and Frank White all raced unbeaten, with excellent support from Duncan Whalley and Oscar Belt. Hull's only heat win came in the last race, when their top two of Liam Bennett and Noah Lyon took a 7-3 win over Oscar and Duncan.

North & Scotland Junior Cup Final result:

Hull 38 Astley & Tyldesley 62

Hull: Noah Lyon 14 (1), Liam Bennett 11, Spencer Glenton 5, Kacey Bennett 4, Harry Gibson 4.
A&T: Frank White 18 (2), John White 14 (2), Charlie Burgess 12, Duncan Whalley 10 (2), Oscar Belt 8 (1).

Referee - Rob Mawhood (Sheffield).

The Senior Cup Final followed and this proved to be a close, exciting encounter throughout. The holders, Sheffield, got off to a good start, scoring 12 points from thr first round of races, to take the lead, one ahead of Hull. At the half way stage, Sheffield were on 25 points, two ahead of nearest challengers, Bury. Both Sheffield and Bury had two race winners and a last place in their next round of races, as fortunes ebbed and flowed for all teams. After three rounds, Sheffield led Bury by a single point, 36-35, with Astley & Tyldesley in third place on 28. In the last round of races, Sheffield took three solid second places. Bury's Reece Pollitt completed his maximum score, but last places to Danny Taylor and Kris Ramsden ensured that Sheffield held a four points lead going into the last race. Bury's Mike Baldock took second place in heat 20, behind Hull's Lewis Foxley, with Pawel Idziorek's third place for Sheffield sealing a three points win for Sheffield. A&T held off the challenge of Hull to finish in 3rd place, with Fife taking the 5th place on the day.

Bury's Reece Pollitt completed a remarkable maximum score, with four wins from four grid 4's, but none of his team mates could match the points of the four solid scoring Sheffield riders. A&T's John White impressed, losing only to Mike Baldock in heat 13. Hull's Lewis Foxley posted three wins and an exclusion when crashing in heat 14 and bringing down A&T's Steve Harris. Lewis recorded the fastest time of the day, 43.00 seconds, when winning heat 20.

The threatened thunderstorms and heavy rain showers fortunately held off during the course of the meeting.

North & Scotland Senior Cup Final result:

Sheffield 47 Bury 44 Astley & Tyldesley 40 Hull 37 Fife 31

Sheffield: Ed Morton 14, Pawel Idziorek 12, Kyle Holland 11, Dariusz Pilas 10, Kielan Burton dnr.
Bury: Reece Pollitt 16, Mike Baldock 8, Danny Taylor 8, Will Owens 7, Kris Ramsden 5.
A&T: John White 15, Steve Harris 9, Terry Norman 9, Charlie Burgess 7, Owen Simcock dnr.
Hull: Lewis Foxley 12, Jack Lister 12, Rich Gibson 6, Noah Lyon 5, Liam Bennett 2.
Fife: Kayden Davidson 11, Jason Keith 8, Lewis Alsop 6, Harry Langdale 4, Dougie Morgan 2.

Referee - Graham Lush (Stockport).
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