Winning return for Barker at St Boniface
FORMER Plymouth Devils number one and captain Ben Barker made a successful return to the city's St Boniface Arena when he won the Westernapolis individual meeting on Friday night.
Barker, who now rides for Ipswich Witches, topped the qualifying scores with ten points and won the semi-final and final, although he faced some stiff opposition from Plymouth's Rasmus Jensen.
The young Dane scored eight points with four second places in his qualifying races to book his place in the semi-final, where he beat Sheffield's Ricky Wells to reach the final by finishing second to Barker.
The second semi-final saw Tyson Nelson (Rye House) and Dakota North (Glasgow) progress at the expense of Plymouth pair Michael Palm Toft and Mark Lemon.
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Swindon Robins reserve Ashley Birks has been ruled out for rest of the season after breaking his back in two places during the meeting.
The 22-year-old posted a message on Twitter confirming he has feeling in his arms and legs, but not his chest, and was due to undergo surgery.
Final: 1 B Barker (Ipswich), 2 R Jensen (Plymouth), 3 D North (Glasgow), 4 T Nelson (Rye House).
Qualifying scores: Barker 10, Nelson 9, R Wells (Sheffield) 9, M Palm Toft (Plymouth) 8, Jensen 8, M Lemon (Plymouth) 7, J Bunyan (Rye House) 6, North 5, J Anderson (Plymouth) 4, T Kurtz (Plymouth) 3, A Birks (Scunthorpe) 1, P Starke (Berwick) 1.
Somerset Rebels have won through to the Premier League Knock-Out Cup Final after defeating Edinburgh Monarchs 100-80 on aggregate.
After winning the first leg at Oaktree Arena 58-32 last Wednesday, the Rebels kept things tight in the opening heats of Friday's return leg, with the Monarchs never being able to claw back more than eight points from their deficit as they won 48-42 on the night.
Somerset are due to host Rye House Rockets in the first leg of the final at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Friday, with the second leg in Hoddesdon on Sunday, October 6.
Monarchs: C Cook 11 points (5 rides), D Sneddon 6+1 (4), T Pijper 5 (4), J Tabaka 13+1 (5), C Vissing 3+1 (4), J Sarjeant 1 (3), M Fricke 9+2 (5).
Rebels: J Doyle 6+1 (4), K Newman 4+1 (4), A Davies 6+2 (4), J Grajczonek 8(5), N Morris 13 (5), C Wright 4 (5), J McBain 1+1 (3).
Tai Woffinden needs just six points at the season-closing Torun Grand Prix of Poland on October 5 to be crowned Britain's first world champion since Mark Loram in 2000.
He may need to ride through the pain of a broken collarbone after crashing in Saturday's Scandinavian Grand Prix.
Jaroslaw Hampel is the only rider who can deny Woffinden – he is 16 points adrift with 21 available to him in Torun.