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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Workington Comets beaten by Glasgow Tigers in pairs final

Workington Comets finished runners-up in last night’s Premier League Pairs championship at Somerset.

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Comets James Wright (Red) and Rusty Harrison (Blue)

James Wright and Rusty Harrison, who were not among the pre-meeting favourites, battled through to the final where they just couldn’t manage to get the better of Glasgow Tigers.

The Comets duo had outscored Glasgow in their group meeting but couldn’t repeat that in the final when the Tigers swept to a convincing victory.

Workington had a remarkable record in the competition with five previous wins and for a while it looked as though they were going to be able to add to that impressive tally.

The Best Pairs formula – invented by former Comets boss Ian Thomas – is based on teamwork with second and third out scoring the team who provides the race winner.

But in the final James Grieves got the best start for Glasgow on the wet track and then former Elite League star Joe Screen squeezed under Wright on the third lap to ensure a 7-2 score line.

Wright and Harrison had gone into the competition planning to do their best but with no real belief they could go on and win it.

Yet they were always prominent in the group stages, proved to be excellent semi-final winners and for a good turn-out of Cumbrian speedway fans raised hopes of a unique sixth Best Pairs triumph.

The rain in the south west didn’t help track conditions but it didn’t stop some exciting and entertaining speedway.

Now firmly set in the speedway calendar on the eve of the British Grand Prix, the Best Pairs has a tradition of exciting competition and this year’s event was very much in that role.

In actual fact the two groups were very tightly contested and several teams were in contention to go through

But Workington just did enough when it mattered to take second place behind the Bears and take their place in the semi-final line-up.

Holders Sheffield were just edged out as champions of Pool, Two and although Ricky Ashworth won the semi-final it was the work of his back-up team – Shane Parker is a big pal!

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