Stars on course for cup hat-trick

Somerset 44, King's Lynn 46: Lynn are on the brink of an historic third consecutive Premier League KO Cup win after last night's thrilling first leg victory at the Oak Tree Arena.

Somerset 44, King's Lynn 46: Lynn are on the brink of an historic third consecutive Premier League KO Cup win after last night's thrilling first leg victory at the Oak Tree Arena.

Big hitting duo Tomas Topinka and Daniel Nermark fired in the finale to set up another potential trophy winning climax to the season in next week's Norfolk Arena return.

The Premier Trophy winners are now odds on to pocket a seventh cup in three magnificent seasons for the club.

Somerset's battling bottom end pair Stephan Katt and Danny Warwick spared the hosts an even bigger first leg deficit as the Stars served up a repeat of their April league success on the road.

Topinka and Rebels' guest Chris Holder renewed Pride of the East rivalries in the opener - Lynn's skipper profiting from the Aussie's engine failure.

Katt and Warwick dragged Somerset level with a smooth tandem team ride to down Simon Lambert and Adam Allott.

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Nermark edged a titanic clash with Jordan Frampton after the Somerset youngster trapped in front of Lynn's lynchpin.

Chris Mills flew around Ritchie Hawkins to maintain the cup holder's early pressure before Topinka scorched to a re-run heat five - Frampton excluded after a top bend spill.

Aussie U21 champion Holder and Rebels pal Simon Walker squeezed out Mills with Allott a bystander to pin back Lynn on the scoresheets.

Nermark repelled Hawkins with Trevor Harding's gutsy defensive line outfoxing Katt in a committed duel for the minor spoils.

Warwick shut the door on Paul Lee exiting turn one in the next as Walker flew from the outside gate to anchor a timely maximum.

Frampton hit the shale again in a first bend crowd scene - Emil Kramer's cute feint up the inside of Mills claiming a re-run heat nine with Frampton stalling on the start line.

Holder's sublime gate eclipsed Nermark but Harding's detour around Walker squared the heat - the first of five shared races on the bounce as both finalists searched for a late upper hand.

German number one Katt dragged his bike through the dirt to bypass Topinka and clung on as the Czech launched a major onslaught.

Nermark strolled to heat 12 but Allott's last bend dash was inches from splitting the Somerset duo in the rear.

Topinka and Mills deferred to Holder in a heat 13 masterclass to maintain the Rebels' slender two point advantage.

The luckless Frampton's snapped chain sunk Somerset's nailed on max in the penultimate contest as the impressive Katt outwitted Harding.

Stars' team boss Rob Lyon nominated his tried and trusted for the finale. Holder's swift trap looked set to relegate Nermark and Topinka to a support role until the Aussie trundled to a premature halt - Topinka flying past Kramer on the last lap to snatch overall victory.

Rebels: Holder 9, Walker 6+1, Kramer 8, Frampton 2, Hawkins 4, Katt 9, Warwick 6+4.

Stars: Topinka 12+1, Lee 5+2, Nermark 14, Harding 5+1, Mills 7+1, Allott 1+1, Lambert 2+1.