The wet bandits

Berwick Bandits 48

Somerset Rebels 44

PREMIER LEAGUE

LAWRENCE HEPPELL reports from Shielfield Park

THE biggest cheer was reserved for the introduction of injured Swede, Alex Edberg.

Just seven days after a serious crash, he was discharged from hospital at 5pm on Saturday and went straight to the track, where he took receipt of more than £1,000, collected by the Berwick Speedway Supporters’ Club.

As things got underway on track Seb Alden’s bike blew to bits on heat one, ending his race there, but the Rebels took a little longer to adapt to the wet and the Bandits won six from their first seven heats to lead 26-16. Somerset finally got a race win courtesy of Alex Davies who left Alden wondering how to get on terms with his young opponent.

The hostskept their 10-point advantage before the Rebels took heats 10 and 11, with Sam Masters and then Travis McGowan leading the way.

Things tightened up in the next two heats, leaving only four points splitting the teams with two races to go.

Sam Masters roared away to take a big win in the 14th despite Kozza Smith getting progressively closer, but with Davies at the rear the four point gap remained. In the last, Masters made an unbalanced start which ultimately resulted in a shared 3-3, giving the win to the Bandits 48-44.