Wednesday May 24, 2017
It was both the best and worst of times for the BMR Rockets at King’s Lynn on Wednesday night. The best came in a scintillating 15 points maximum from Chris Harris; the worst in missing out on that elusive first away match point in the SGB Premiership by the narrowest of margins in a 49-41 defeat.

It was the Rockets who made the positive start, with the first of Bomber’s five victories coupled with second place from colleague Ricky Wells for the 5-1 over Nicklas Porsing and Troy Batchelor in Heat 3 that gave Rye an early 12-6 advantage. Even though the Stars drew level by Heat 6, another chequered flag from the Cornishman ahead of Robert Lambert, with Wells keeping Kai Huckenbeck behind him for third, put the Hertfordshire side back in front, at 22-20.

The next two races tilted the match in favour of the home side, with a 9-3 swing that took them to the front at 29-25 – with Nicholls’ surge under Porsing to claim second spot in Heat 9 the highlight from a Rye perspective – before Harris headed home 2012 World Champion Chris Holder in Heat 10, with Wells not far behind the duo. The resulting 4-2 brought the Rockets back to 31-29.

That was to prove as close as Rye got. Huckenbeck won Heat 11, with Stuart Robson taking Lambert from the back to split the pair, as Lynn moved on to 35-31, and a 5-1 from Lambert and Holder in Heat 13 – with Nicholls throwing everything at a way past the duo – effectively clinched the Stars’ victory, at 43-35.

Hope that the Rockets could salvage an away match point was ultimately extinguished as the final two races were drawn, with Harris producing a trademark pass of Batchelor to complete his maximum in Heat 13 but Nicholls unable to get past Lambert for the pivotal third place in that enthralling finale.

It left Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck to comment afterwards, “Bomber was absolutely flying, and the racing was fast and furious, but the final result has left us a bit flat. We knew that King’s Lynn would come back at us as the match wore on, but we deserved something from tonight, and to go so close to an away point yet miss out is so frustrating.

“But overall, there were a lot of positives from the meeting. Now it’s up to us to make up for missing out by going to Leicester (on Bank Holiday Monday) and doing something there. Taking three or four points home from that one would make up for tonight.”

BMR Rockets:
Chris Harris 15 (max), Ricky Wells 6+1, Scott Nicholls 6, Ellis Perks 5+2, Stuart Robson 5, Edward Kennett 3+1, Rob Branford 1

King’s Lynn:
Troy Batchelor 11, Robert Lambert 10+1, Kai Huckenbeck 9+1, Lewis Rose 8+1, Chris Holder 7+1, Nicklas Porsing 4+1, Josh Bailey 0

Match Points: King’s Lynn 3 Rye House 0