Elite League: Poole 61 Lakeside 30

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Lakeside Hammers saw their grand final hopes sunk after a heavy defeat in Dorset last night.

League champions Poole proved too strong on their own shale, with four of their riders remaining unbeaten as they completed a convincing 108-73 aggregate victory.

Hammers had been left with a mountain to climb after losing the first leg at Purfleet by four points.

And they produced just one race winner on the night, when Robert Mear won heat eight ahead of Kyle Howarth and teammate Kim Nilsson, who was riding for double points.

A Lakeside 5-2 only closed the gap to 13 points, though, and the hosts steadily increased their advantage during the second half of the meeting.

The home side had quickly built a double-figure lead inside three heats, before Hammers gave a debut outing to 16-year-old Adam Ellis.

The youngster did well to avoid the fallen Howarth after a first-bend fall and claimed the third-place points behind Mear in the re-run, after Howarth shed a chain when sitting behind Krzyztof Kasprzak.

Rider of the Year Peter Karlsson had a night to forget for Hammers, struggling at the back when riding for double points in heat five and managing just four points from his five rides.

Darcy Ward reeled off four straight wins for Pirates, while world champion elect Chris Holder, Kasprzak and Piotr Pawlicki all recorded paid maximums in a devastating display from the top four.

Stuart Robson finished as the top Hammer with a paid eight tally as a difficult season finally drew to a close.

Pirates: Ward 12 (4), Kling 2 (4), Holder 11+1 (4), Pawlicki 12+3 (5), Kasprzak 14+1 (5), Lindgren 5 (4), Howarth 5+1 (4).

Hammers: Karlsson 4* (5), Nilsson 7 (5), Robson 6+2 (5), Nieminen 6 (5), Sedgmen 1 (4), Mear 5 (5), Ellis 1+1 (1).

*includes double-point ride.

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