Double win has Kestrels flying high

CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Kesgrave Kestrels, supported by the Travelwise campaign, opened their 2002 cycle speedway season with a double victory over Hethersett (Norwich). In the first match, proceedings got under way well when Glen Wildon and Mick Osborne gated to a 7-3 heat advantage and the lead was never relinquished.

Kesgrave Kestrels, supported by the Travelwise campaign, opened their 2002 cycle speedway season with a double victory over Hethersett (Norwich).

In the first match, proceedings got under way well when Glen Wildon and Mick Osborne gated to a 7-3 heat advantage and the lead was never relinquished.

Hethersett reduced the deficit to 10 points at one stage in the meeting, but Kesgrave again applied the pressure and rode out winners by 100-79.

Lewis Osborne top scored with 17 points and continued his early season form when he won the Colchester Open under 19 individual.

Peter Ingram was unbeaten by an opponent and Chris Osborne and Ryan Bartram provided excellent support from reserve.

Scorers: Glenn Wildon 13+1, Mick Osborne 13+1, Andrew Hardy 10+2, Lewis Osborne 17+1, Elliot Ross 13, Peter Ingram 15+1, Chris Osborne 8, Ryan Bartram 7+2, Russell Stevenson 1, Daniel Johnson 3.

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In the second match in South East Division Two the teams were more closely matched.

Kesgrave took the early advantage to go two points ahead, before Hethersett replied with a 6-4 advantage of their own to bring the scores back level.

It stayed that way in heat nine, the last before the interval, when Lewis Osborne brilliantly team rode Daniel Johnson to put Kesgrave four points ahead.

However, after the interval Kesgrave could not pull away any further and with two races to go the scores were 82-78.

With Hethersett's best pair out in the last race, a heat advantage in heat 17 would be needed to win the match for Kesgrave.

Lewis Osborne jumped out from gate one and took the lead and Ryan Bartram rode a clever tactical race to hold third place the ensure the second win of the day.

Hethersett did, as excepted, take a 7-3 in the last race but it did not matter as the scores finished 91-89.

Men of the match were Chris Osborne who despite not scoring as many as other riders, made things possible for his partner by holding opponents up at the back. Ryan Bartram team rode superbly to collect three bonus points to cap a fine day.

Scorers: Andrew Hardy 16+1, Chris Osborne 11, Lewis Osborne 18+1, Russell Stevenson 7, Elliott Ross 12, Ryan Bartram 12+3, Daniel Jonhson 7+1, Glenn Wildon 8.

The next on the agenda is this Sunday's British Team Championship round one clash with Norwich.

Kesgrave have high hopes of progressing to the next round against Eaton (Norwich).

The action starts at 3pm at the Kesgrave track at the Community Centre. Spectators are most welcome, entry is free and refreshment will be available.

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