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Rebels are in with Diamonds and the Lions

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 25, 2012

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Somerset Rebels are in a group with Newcastle Diamonds and Leicester Lions in the Premier League title-deciding play-offs.

The other group features Edinburgh Monarchs, Scunthorpe Scorpions and Workington Comets.

The teams in each group will ride against each other home and away. The winners of each group will then contest the Grand Final over two legs for the honour of being crowned Premier League champions.

The Rebels have been forced to rearrange the first leg of their Premier League Cup semi-final against Newcastle Diamonds after torrential rain caused Wednesday's meeting at the Oaktree Aena to be abandoned after heat five, with the Rebels leading 18-12.

The meeting will be re-staged on Friday as a double-header meeting, also incorporate the play-off match between the two sides.

The first match, the play-off encounter, will start at 7pm, with the League Cup semi-final following after a short break. Full admission prices will be: adults £23, concessions £20, under-16s £1.

Rain-off readmission tickets and the £2 discount vouchers given out at last Wednesday's match will both be valid for Friday's double-header which, if both used, will reduce the price to – adults £14, concessions £12.50, while under-16's will remain at £1.

Swindon Robins pulled off a dramatic last gasp 46-44 win over the Birmingham Brummies on Wednesday to round off their regular Elite League season in style.

Robins were up against it without injured skipper Hans Andersen and Birmingham appeared to be in control.

The impressive duo of Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand – who spearheaded the side in the absence of Andersen – wrapped things up with a final heat 5-1 to take victory.

Reserve Sebastian Alden made a stunning return to the Robins side with a 10+2.

Boss Alun Rossiter said: "I thought that was an outstanding performance from the boys. We started a bit slow but once we got going I thought we did really well.

"Batch and Peter Kildemand both had outstanding meetings and I think a special mention to Seb Alden too – 10+2 was absolutely fabulous."

The Robins travel for the first leg of the play-off semi-final against the Brummies on Monday, October 1, after last's night's scheduled meeting fell foul of the rain.

Brummies: Ulamek 10, King 7, Pedersen 6+2, Auty 6, Covatti 6, Smolinski 5+2, Barker 4+1.

Robins: Batchelor 15+1, Kildemand 13+2, Alden 10+1, Stead 4+1, Morris 4, Lampart 0, rider replacement (Andersen).

Somerset and Swindon rider Jason Doyle was left frustrated after the Premier League Riders' Championship at Sheffield on Sunday evening was abandoned after four heats due to rain.

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