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BIG LEAD FOR LION CUBS

DAN and Joe Thompson both scored six-ride maximums as Leicester demolished Berwick 63-27 to put one foot into the NDL KO Cup Final.

Dan reeled off six straight wins and broke the track record in Heat 1 whilst Joe added 16+2, and youngster Max Perry tallied 12+3 in the first leg clash.

Kyle Bickley scored eight for the Bullets, who lost reserve Kieran Douglas in a Heat 2 crash from which he was hospitalised with potential rib damage.

Leicester boss Dave Howard said: “All along we were saying today, ‘just get the biggest lead possible and keep on pushing throughout the meeting to get the biggest lead to take back to Berwick.’

“It was a fantastic performance, and a 36-point lead is a great place to be. We got ten paid eleven from Connor’s (Coles) rides, so rider replacement worked on our home track, although away from home I do want to get some guests when Connor’s not here.”

Berwick manager Jamie Courtney said: “There’s not a lot you can say about the result. I can’t fault the effort of the Bullets but obviously it is all overshadowed by concern for Kieran.

“Leicester being able to use both Thompsons as rider-replacement made a difficult task even harder, but I was proud of the way that the boys stuck to their task. Other than that, all I can add is 64 points in the second leg wins it!”

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