Somerset shine as they reach cup final
Somerset Rebels are through to the final of the Premier League Knock-out Cup after a 93-86 aggregate victory over Newcastle Diamonds.
In the first leg at the Oaktree Arena on Friday night, the Rebels won 50-40, captain Jason Doyle registering a paid five-ride maximum and receiving superb back-up from Alex Davies with paid 13.
Somerset then hung on in the away leg on Sunday evening, going down 46-43 at Byker, Doyle being paid for 14 points.
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The Rebels led by six points going into the last heat of the home leg, Doyle making the gate and Stuart Robson slotting into second place.
Alex Davies made a stunning cut back and pass up Robson's inside on the back straight, joining Doyle to give Somerset a ten-point lead.
The Rebels won six heats in the away leg, three each by Monberg and Doyle. Newcastle cut the ten-point deficit to four by the fourth race, and after three drawn heats, it was down to two points at heat eight.
Three more drawn heats followed until a Monberg-Kyle Newman 5-1 in heat 12.
It was down to two again after heat 14 but a last-race Monberg-Doyle 5-1 secured a place in the final against Ipswich or Edinburgh.
At Oaktree Arena, Rebels: Doyle 13+2 (5 rides), Davies 12+1 (5), J B Monberg 6 (4), Wright 6 (4), Vissing 4 (4), Newman 6+1 (5), Perry 3+2 (3).
Diamonds: Robson 10 (5), rider replacement (R Worrall), Lemon 8+1 (5), Henry 8 (5), Johnson 0 (4), Nedermark 11+3 (7).
At Brough Park, Diamonds: Robson 8 (5), rider replacement (R Worrall), Lemon 8+1 (4), Henry 8+1 (5), Lindgren 11 (5), Morley 1+1 (4), Nedermark 10+2 (7).
Rebels: Doyle 13+1 (5), Davies 0 (3), J B Monberg 12 (5), Wright 0 (4), Vissing 5+1 (3), Newman 7+4 (5), Perry 6 (5).
Also on Friday and Sunday, the Rebels and Diamonds contested the two legs of their Premier League play-off encounter in a double-header.
The home leg at the Oaktree saw the Rebels triumph 53-37, Doyle being paid for a five-ride maximum. The Diamonds won their home leg 48-44, Jesper B Monberg topping the Somerset charts with 15 points, helped by a double-point tactical win.
Leicester visit the Oaktree Arena for the Rebels' second home match in the Play-Off group this Friday.
At Oaktree Arena, Rebels: Doyle 13+2 (5 rides), Davies 6+1 (4), J B Monberg 12 (5), J Wright 6 (4), Vissing 9 (4), Newman 6 (4), Perry 2+1 (5).
Diamonds: Robson 6+1 (5), 2) Rider replacement (R Worrall), Lemon 7+1 (5), Henry 9 (5), Johnson 0 (4), Nedermark 10+2 (7).
At Brough Park, Diamonds: Robson 11+1 (5), Rider replacement (R Worrall), Lemon 9 (5), Henry 5+1 (5), Lindgren 5+1 (4), Morley 2+1 (4), Nedermark 16+1 (7).
Rebels: Doyle 12+1 (5 rides), Davies 3 (4), J B Monberg 15 (5), Wright1 (4), Vissing 5 (4), Newman 7 (5), Perry 1+1 (3).
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