|Wednesday, July 13, 2022||7:30 pm||Championship||2022|
BERWICK climbed off the bottom of the Championship with an impressive 50-40 win at Oxford.
The Bandits needed to win to realistically keep their slim play-off hopes alive, and dominated at Cowley as they raced into a 14-point lead at the halfway stage.
Chris Harris and recent recruit Jonas Knudsen led the way with 13+1 hauls for the visitors, but they did lose Jye Etheridge with a hand injury in a Heat 10 fall.
The Cheetahs only managed three race wins, with Aaron Summers (12) and Scott Nicholls (10) reaching double figures.
Berwick boss Gary Flint said: “I’m super proud of the boys. I feel that a performance like this has been coming for a long while but it’s still good to get the points on the board.
“It was a complete team performance with everyone digging deep and contributing vital points.”
Cheetahs co-boss Peter Schroeck said: “We can have no complaints. We were beaten by the better team on the night – it’s as simple as that.
“It took us a long time to get into the meeting. We fought our way back into the match, and reduced the gap to six points, and I started to think we had a bit of a chance. But then the meeting turned on its head again and Berwick pulled back away again.”
OXFORD 40: Aaron Summers 12, Scott Nicholls 10, Dillon Ruml 8+2, Troy Batchelor 4+1, Adam Roynon 3+2, Cameron Heeps 3, Paul Starke r/r
BERWICK 50: Chris Harris 13+1, Jonas Knudsen 13+1, Theo Pijper 8+1, Leon Flint 8, Ricky Wells 4+2, Jye Etheridge 3, Nathan Stoneman 1,
Championship points: Oxford 0 Berwick 4
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