Classy Parker shines as Tigers extend lead at summit

In pole position: Sheffield Tigers rider Emiliano Sanchez leads James Wright in heat one.   Picture: Andy Garner
In pole position: Sheffield Tigers rider Emiliano Sanchez leads James Wright in heat one. Picture: Andy Garner
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SHEFFIELD increased their lead at the top of the Premier League table last night with a comprehensive victory over third-placed Workington.

It was a solid home performance from the high-flying Tigers with Shane Parker leading the scorechart with a 14+1 paid maximum.

And there were also good contributions from Emiliano Sanchez (9+1) and Ashley Birks and Ricky Ashworth chipped in with 8+1 apiece.

Eric Boocock’s men got off to a bright start with Birks featuring in the mix of the action early on. He was involved in two 5-1s, the first in Heat 2 with Simon Lambert and then another in Heat 4 with Parker putting the Yorkshiremen into a 16-8 lead.

Tigers guest Richard Hall and Sanchez repeated the feat over Workington’s man-of-the-moment Peter Kildemand in Heat 6 and then Shane Parker and Lambert slammed in five more in race 7 after Tomas Topinka encountered some mechanical gremlins.

And when Sanchez and Birks raced to a third successive home maximum in Heat 8, the match was more-or-less beyond the Comets trailing 34-14.

Workington replied with a Kildemand tactical ride win in Heat 10 and then they further reduced the deficit two races later with a Topinka and Gary Irving 4-2.

Heat 13 produced the race of the night with Parker passing James Wright, and Kildemand produced a good ride to get the better of Hall, resulting in a share of the points.

But Tigers got back into maximum mode in the penultimate race when Hugh Skidmore and Lambert cruised home ahead of Topinka and Kenny Ingalls, allowing Parker to complete his unbeaten night at Owlerton as the rider took the chequered flag in Heat 15.

SHEFFIELD: Shane Parker 14+1, Emiliano Sanchez 9+2, Ricky Ashworth 8+1, Ashley Birks 8+1, Hugh Skidmore 7+1, Simon Lambert 6+3, Richard Hall 5

WORKINGTON: Peter Kildemand 13+1, James Wright 7+1, Tomas Topinka 7+1, Richard Lawson 5+2, Gary Irving 3, Kenny Ingalls 1, Rusty Harrison R/R