Brough parkThe Newcastle Sapphire Engineering Diamonds inflicted a heavy 31 point defeat on Teesside based Redcar Bears Sunday night as the Newcastle side won 60-29

Track staff had to pull out all the stops to ensure the meeting went ahead despite a delayed start. Work on the track was carried out from early morning till 7pm to create a raceable surface.

The surface, however, held up well as Bears ace Richard Lawson gave the away side a good start with a heat one victory in an impressive 64 seconds.

It wasn’t to last very long though.

Diamonds man Chris Schramm claimed his first ever home win as a Newcastle man in the second heat and claimed another race win in heat seven.

Lewis Kerr also had an impressive night, achieving a paid maximum 9+3 as he got his season up and running.

The Diamonds were dominant throughout the meeting and achieved seven 5-1s in the first 10 heats, which left Team manager George English very satisfied.

He said: “The first congratulations have to go to our track staff who worked miracles right through Sunday to get that match up and running after some appalling conditions through the week.

“The performance certainly showed what a solid side we have this season – full of strength-in-depth from top to bottom and give us a sign this season could be a good one.”

Lightening Ludvig Lindgren finished the night as Newcastle’s top scorer with 12 points.

Lindgren said: “I said to the boys before the meeting that Redcar have nothing on us and I was right, it was a great all round team performance.”



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