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Bandits miss out in Fours at Peterborough

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Peterborough Panthers (now in the Premiership) staged the prestigious Championship Fours Finals day at their Cambridgeshire track yesterday afternoon with all eleven Championship members taking part including the Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting), but glory had to be put on ice for another 12 months as the guys didn't made the final.

The semi final was once again a huge event with all 11 sides battling it out for the top four places to go into the grand final, and in Heat One it was Newcastle's skipper Steve Worrall who made the best gate to lead into bend one, a position he held to the end ahead of Berwick's number one, Aaron Summers, taking two points.

Berwick's captain Kevin Doolan was out in Heat Three in another straight gate to flag event won by a big margin as Redcar's Charles Wright took the three points ahead of Somerset's Rory Schlein, Leicester's Scott Nicholls and Doolan stuck at the rear.

Heat Six had Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen out for Berwick, but got stuck in third for a point while Chris Harris (Somerset) and Victor Palovaara (Edinburgh) scrapped for the first and second places, while come Heat 10, Berwick's Jye Etheridge lined up at the start of Heat 10, but the Berwick man got rivetted at the back while the former Bandits Matthew Wethers initially held second behind Lewis Kerr of Eastbourne as Edinburgh's Joel Andersson whipped past Wethers for second.

Summers was out again in the 12th race but missed his opportunity at the tapes and emerged last before the Tyneside favourite Jorgensen rode an decent race, leading for most until Michael Palm Toft (Redcar) found the drive to pass him and steal the three points before Berwick's fans' finally had a win to cheer on in Heat 15 as Doolan hit the front off bend one and held it despite pressure from Stefan Nielsen (Scunthorpe) in second while Jakobsen took third in Heat 18, again from the gate.

In heat 21 Berwick's night came to and end with the fate of elimination, although reserve Coty Garcia, in for Ethridge, made a decent throw of the dice to take second behind Heeps but comfortably ahead of Connor Coles representing Birmingham as a guest, as Berwick took a total of nine points on the night.

Somerset went on to win the 12-heat final on 22 points, ahead of Sheffield (19) who took silver after a run off against bronze medallists, Glasgow (19) when Craig Cook took a heavy fall, with Eastbourne missing the rostrum on fourth on 12 points.

Individual Riders' Scores:

Berwick: Summers 2, Doolan 3, Busk Jakobsen 2, Etheridge 0, Garcia (reserve) 2

Photo Credit: TazMcd Photography from Saturday at Shielfield