Zareba unbeaten as Rockets roar on

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CRA/Sheffield Rockets claimed a win double as they defeated visitors Bury Comets 104-75 in Northern League One.

This was a fourth successive home match that the Rockets have gone through the 100 point barrier, the visitors struggling without their number one rider Chris Parrish.

Damian Zareba was unbeaten by an opponent, with Radek Handke losing only once. It was a home debut to remember for Australian Bobby McMillan, winning three races but then crashing out in his other two. The only down side came when veteran rider Mick Knowles pulled up injured at the start of race 15. Some recent good scores had seen Knowles promoted to the first team, but he will now miss 6-8 weeks with a torn calf muscle.

Sheffield scorers: Radek Handke 19, Damian Zareba 17+3, Richard Hudson 15+1, Kyle Holland 13, Aiden Owen 13+2, Bobby McMillan 12+2, Zach Smurthwaite 8, Mick Knowles 7.

The Rockets stretched their unbeaten start to the League Two season to seven straight wins, with an 81-68 victory over Bury. It was an all round effort from Sheffield, with six of the team securing a race win. GB women riders Vicky Brown and Rebecca Davies leading the scoring.

Sheffield scorers: Vicky Brown 15, Rebecca Davies 14, Matt Parrott 13+1, James Bunting 10, Ed Morton 10+2, Niall Morton 10+1, Luke Morton 8+3, Dan Rushton 1.

Sheffield completed a hat- trick of victories over Bury by taking the League Three match 109-79. Joe Brownell and Logan Perkins both finished with a maximum score as they won their four races. However the major talking point was the defeat of James Bunting. Bunting was leading his final race, until sliding off on the second lap. The defeat saw his winning sequence of 60 races come to an abrupt ending.

Sheffield scorers: Joe Brownell 16, Logan Perkins 16,James Bunting 15, Dan Rushton 15, Niamh Morton 13, Jack Cross 12, Jack Brownell 11, Charlie Cottam 11.

* Sheffield were also successful on their visit to Edinburgh for the final regional round of the British Youth & Junior League. The team progress to the National rounds as the leading club from the North. Individual success came from Charlotte Adams (girls 12-17), James Bunting (under-14) and Adam Watson (under-16). Adams is joint series leader on 100 points, while both Bunting and Watson moved up to 88 points to put themselves into the top three of the National rankings.

This weekend the Stars hope to get their first Elite League win of the season as they face bottom of the Poole Comets at the Graves Centre circuit. The Comets currently occupy bottom place in the table. The action starts at 2pm.