King's Lynn draft in Elite League ace Proctor

Paddy DavittKing's Lynn track Elite League champion Ty Proctor for Wednesday's must win Premier Trophy finale against Somerset at the Norfolk Arena.Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn track Elite League champion Ty Proctor for Wednesday's must win Premier Trophy finale against Somerset at the Norfolk Arena.

The Wolverhampton ace guests in place of injured skipper Tomas Topinka with Rob Lyon's men needing a maximum home win to keep alive their hopes of defending the trophy.

Rye House have already clinched top spot in the Southern section with an impressive away win last time out at Newport but Lyon's men can still qualify for the semi finals as the best runner-up.

'We have been hit with a lot of bad luck lately suffering a few injuries,' said Lyon. 'But if we manage to pull this out of the bag then it will be a big boost for us and the fans and then hopefully by the time the semi finals arrive the team will be back to full strength and we can give defending the title our best shot.'

Lynn will operate rider replacement for Proctor's Wolves team mate Joe Haines who broke his collarbone on Elite League duty for his parent club last week. Stars' legend Shane Parker captains a Somerset team feature Norwich-born Tommy Allen along with experienced duo Ritchie Hawkins and Brent Werner.

Somerset will also employ rider replacement while they step up the hunt for Steve Boxall's long term replacement. Rebels' co-promoter Mark Saunders revealed Boxall quit by text message on the eve of Rye House's recent Premier Trophy win in the west country.

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'I received a text message from Boxall simply stating, 'I quit, sorry mate',' said Saunders. 'The fact that he informed us by text rather than by a phone call is probably as disappointing as his actual decision to quit. The club has provided him with equipment and a van, as well as team kevlars, and gave him a team place when no one else seemingly wanted him, and we are repaid in this way.

'Boxall has the talent to be a top quality rider in the Premier League, as he showed on the few occasions that he did ride for the Rebels, but is totally lacking in the professionalism that the Somerset Rebels expect of anyone who rides for the club, and the fact that he sent just a four word text just hours before an important home match against Rye House just bears out that fact.'

Parade 7.30pm. First race 7.45pm.

Admission prices: Adults �13, concessions �10, juniors (aged 12 to 15) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under.

Stars: 1 Tyrone Proctor, 2 r/r, 3 Kozza Smith, 4 Linus Eklof, 5 Kevin Doolan, 6 Darren Mallett, 7 Casper Wortmann.

Rebels: 1 Shane Parker, 2 r/r, 3 Sam Masters, 4 Brent Werner, 4 Cory Gathercole, 6 Ritchie Hawkins, 7 Tommy Allen.

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