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Ipswich claimed first blood in this hotly contested final, opening up a four point lead over defending champions Leicester but by the sixth the lead had been reversed.

The home team continued to extend their advantage and with two heats to go led by ten, wins by the unbeaten pair of Lauren Jacobs and Daniella Riley closed the gap and Ipswich can be well pleased to have pushed the Monarchs so hard.

Michelle Whitehead was unbeaten from her three starts, but it was the efforts of Jenna Whitehead that probably ensured that the trophy remained at Leicester with her timely victories over Laura Dale and Charlie Ellitts.

Sheffield claimed the bronze medal with the impressive Vicky Brown leading the way, young Ellie Sullivan was also claiming some notable scalps including that of Laura Watson in her last ride.

Leicester 54 (L Davies 15, J Whitehead 13, M Whitehead 12, L Watson 12, C Whitehead 2)

Ipswich 50 (L Jacobs 16, D Riley 16, L Dale 10, L M Bown 7, G Hill 1)

Sheffield 39 (V Brown 14, E Sullivan 12, B Owen 7, N Morton 5)

Poole 29 (C Glover 8, C Mines 7, H Morgan 7, C Albin 7)

Wednesfield 25 (C Ellitts 13, C Aris 8, A Cox 3, G Burt 1, L Rowley 0)

The senior final nearly produced the shock of the season, and it took run offs to decide the places.

At heat eight only four points separated the teams and this state of affairs continued until the thirteenth when favourites Horspath edged in front of Leicester by one point with Wednesfield and Birmingham still in with a shout. The Aces then had a nightmare three races when they only collected two points and Birmingham edged in front of them by three points.

The final heat meant all was to play for, positions changed hands on a regular basis but the final outcome saw Wednesfield draw level with Birmingham and Leicester catch the Hammers.

The run offs were an anti climax, Chris Timms getting an exclusion after a challenge from Ricky Johnston and Adam Stephenson ending up on the deck after a tussle with Mark Boaler.

The riders need to congratulated for their display, conditions were terrible and just got worse as the match progressed but there was still some decent racing on offer.

Horspath 43 (L Bates 14, S Harris 8, M Carmivhael 7, S Rudman 7, M Boaler 6)

Leicester 43 (A Stephenson 14, C Marchant 11, D Pike 10, A Peck 8)

Wednesfield 36 (G Wheeler 10, B Mould 10, C Jewkes 7, R Johnston 5, L Aris 4)

Birmingham 36 (C Timms 15, PHeard 11, J Harrold 4, S Millward 3, N Groves 3)

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