Stars brought down to earth by rampant Rebels

PUBLISHED: 09:51 05 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 24 May 2010

WITH Stephan Katt away on World Team Cup duty, the Somerset Mike Manning Audio Rebels took on Kings Lynn Money Centre Stars and produced a fine 51-39 victory.

WITH Stephan Katt away on World Team Cup duty, the Somerset Mike Manning Audio Rebels took on Kings Lynn Money Centre Stars and produced a fine 51-39 victory.The Rebels took an early advantage, as skipper Magnus Zetterstrom took the opening heat from fellow countryman, Daniel Nermark in what turned out to be the joint fastest time of the night, 58.23. Glen Phillips might have made it a 5-1, but for some clever blocking by Nermark just as Phillips was getting into his stride.The next three heats were shared, with the reserves heat going to Simon Walker after a flying start. His partner Ben Barker came to grief as he delivered a challenge for third place at the end of the third lap.Kevin Doolan took the next for the Stars, from a rejuvenated Paul Fry, whose magnificent performance the night before had been the highlight of a narrow defeat at Sheffield. Fry led from the start, but the speedy Doolan just squeezed through on the back straight to deny Fry the lead.Glen Phillips took the rider replacement ride, and third spot to share the heat. Stars skipper Tomas Topinka took the next heat, but got the shock of his life as Cunningham produced a blinding run off the final turn to challenge on the line. Cunningham just failed by inches to catch the fast Czech. Ben Barker also produced a late finish to account for John Oliver off the final bend.Heat 5 saw the Rebels increase their advantage as Paul Fry, now clearly over the problems that have dogged him in previous weeks, flashed away from the tapes, followed by his partner Simon Walker, who was in for Katt. It was left to Troy Batchelor to spoil the impending 5-1, as he took Walker on the home straight, to limit the damage.In the next, Zorro did it again with a fast start, and despite lifting off the gate he was soon in front from his counterpart Topinka. Glen Phillips slipped inside Chris Mills off the second turn, to take third.Another shared heat followed as Doolan again produced the goods for the visitors with a flashing start. Simon Walker made a fast start in second, only to be passed on the back straight by Trevor Harding, but he was back in front of the young Australian on the home straight. Glenn Cunningham recovered from a slow start, to pass Harding on the second lap.Kings Lynn would not lie down, and came storming back with two heat advantages of their own to tie the match 27-27 at Heat 9.In Heat 8 they produced a maximum advantage as Troy Batchelor, and Chris Mills, who was in for Oliver, made fast starts to outpace the Rebels pair of Phillips, and Barker around the opening bends. Phillips did not give up easily as he badgered Mills for the remainder of the race.Stars skipper Tomas Topinka took the next from Paul Fry, just squeezing through off the second bend, but Fry had the bit between his teeth, and chased him down for all four laps, but could never quite find a way past.That was the closest to winning the match that the Stars got, as from here on in it was the Rebels all the way, with four heat advantages in the final six heats, including two 5-1s.The Rebels had produced a fantastic all round team performance, and ran out winners 51-39, in this Willowprint 92 Ltd sponsored Premier League tie, which saw them ease into second place in the table.The match sponsors also awarded the Rider of the Night trophy, which went to Paul Fry, who had produced a top scoring performance for the second night on the trot.* Rebel reserve, Ben Barker, has reaped the reward for some excellent performances of late, with a call-up into the Great Britain Under 21 squad. The squad also includes, newly crowned British Under-21 champion Ben Wilson of Sheffield, Workington's James Wright, and the Mildenhall pair of brothers Daniel, and Jason King.

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