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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Lawson and Bach unlucky to miss out for Workington Comets

Workington Comets were unlucky not to successfully defend their Premier League Pairs title last night as they were knocked out in the semi-finals of the competition.

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Third place in Somerset: Richard Lawson, left, and Rene Bach, below

Richard Lawson and Rene Bach were Comets representatives in the competition, which they have won a number of times in the past, and were going into the meeting as defending champions.

Lawson and Bach were ironically meant to be riding in the competition last year before Adam Roynon was called up as a late replacement for the injured Lawson.

There were no late injury scares for the Comets this year and were up against Edinburgh, Leicester, Sheffield and Plymouth in the group stages.

It looked as if Workington were well on the way to repeating their success of last year as they qualified for the semi finals as group winners racking up 24 points with no last places ran between Lawson and Bach.

They were joined in the semi finals by Edinburgh who qualified as runners up in their group and Somerset and Scunthorpe from group A.

The semi finals pitted Comets against Scunthorpe - in a re-run of last years final - while hosts Somerset lined up against Edinburgh.

Bach shot from the gate to lead the semi final and Lawson was in third which would have seem Comets through to the final but Lawson was passed by Josh Auty which put Scunthorpe through to the final.

There they came up against Somerset and it was the hosts who prevailed.

In Workington's first group heat Lawson and Bach came up a familiar face in the form of former Comet Craig Cook and his Edinburgh counterpart Claus Vissing.

Despite Cook taking an easy victory Lawson was second and Bach took third on the first bend of the first lap to give Comets a 5-4 heat victory.

A big 7-2 followed for Workington over Leicester as Bach got a flyer and Lawson followed him home in second to put them in a good position in their group.

Comets were looking good when they took another 7-2 this time overcoming the Plymouth duo of Mark Lemon and Cory Gathercole to put them on 19 points with Edinburgh on 17.

In Comets final heat they came up against the Sheffield pairing of Richard Hall and Ricky Wells.

Despite Wells taking the victory Bach and Lawson again made sure they didn't finish last by taking second and third for another 5-4 victory and putting them through to semi finals as group winners.

They came up against Scunthorpe who were runners-up in group A behind Somerset so Bach and Lawson were pitted against Auty and David Howe.

Although Bach took the win Lawson ran Comets only last place of the night as he was brilliantly passed by Auty for third which saw Scunthorpe take the honours.

In the final it looked liked the Scorpions would repeat the trick but they were beaten by the Somerset pair of Jason Doyle and Josh Grajczonek who took home the title.

GROUP A

Somerset - 22

Scunthorpe - 18

Ipswich - 18

Glasgow -16

Berwick -16

GROUP B

Workington - 24

1. Richard Lawson - 3,3,4,2 = 12

2. Rene Bach - 2,4,3,3 = 12

Edinburgh - 21

1. Craig Cook - 4,4,3,4 = 15

2. Claus Vissing - 0,2,4,0 = 6

Leicester - 18

1. Lasse Bjerre - 2,3,4,2 = 11

2. Kevin Doolan - 0,2,2,3 = 7

Sheffield - 15

1. Ricky Wells - 3,4,0,4 = 11

2. Richard Hall - 2,0,2,0 = 4

Plymouth - 12

1. Cory Gathercole - 4,3,0,3 = 10

2. Mark Lemon - 0,0,2,0 = 2

Semi -final 1 - Edinburgh 4-5 Somerset - Cook, Grajczonek, Doyle, Vissing

Semi -final 2 - Workington 4-5 Scunthorpe - Bach, Howe, Auty, Lawson

Final - Somerset 7-2 - Doyle, Grajczonek, Auty, Howe

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