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Stars put Zorro and Co to the sword

PUBLISHED: 11:32 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

King's Lynn 56, Somerset 39 (Lynn won 95-90 on aggregate): Premier League pacesetters King's Lynn survived a one-man blitz from Somerset's Magnus Zetterstrom to clinch the bonus at Saddlebow last night.

King's Lynn 56, Somerset 39 (Lynn won 95-90 on aggregate): Premier League pacesetters King's Lynn survived a one-man blitz from Somerset's Magnus Zetterstrom to clinch the bonus at Saddlebow last night.

'Zorro' was at his swashbuckling best yet again following match-winning heroics when the clubs clashed at the Oak Tree Arena in May.

Somerset's skipper outgated inform Aussie Kevin Doolan to claim a high class heat five before downing Tomas Topinka on a tactical mission in heat 11 to re-ignite the race for the bonus on his way to an 18-point maximum.

Zetterstrom dished out further pain two races later when Topinka was forced off 15 metres for touching the tapes in a tense heat 13. Doolan steadied the ship in the penultimate race but the former Elite League stalwart eclipsed Lynn's main men to take the finale.

The Stars' longer batting order carried the night - Daniel Nermark (paid ten from four) confirming his return from a niggling ankle injury.

Nermark shut the door on compatriot Emil Kramer into turn one of the opener but Zetterstrom was already over the horizon in an ominous sign of things to come.

Chris Mills took a crackerjack reserves - reeling in Ben Barker who found himself embroiled in a battle with John Oliver before running wide exiting the final turn to gift the Aussie a well-earned second.

Trevor Harding flew around Stephen Katt to support Doolan then Topinka anchored a heat four maximum as Lynn moved into overdrive.

Zetterstrom's heat five success offered temporary respite but back-to-back maximums - Mills using all his trackcraft to drive underneath Katt in heat seven - helped Lynn wipe out the Rebels pre-race advantage.

Kramer's strong arm tactics landed a minor tactical raid behind Troy Batchelor - Oliver sent spinning exiting turn four after tangling with the Swede.

Glenn Cunningham's electrical fault yards from the start handed Lynn a pre-interval present and Nermark's impressive win on the resumption moved the hosts 20 points clear.

Zetterstrom refused to hoist the white flag - outgunning Topinka in a battle of the unbeaten skippers as Lynn's Czech master was forced to take the ring road around Kramer.

Oliver diced with the shale again in heat 12 in a vain attempt to split the Rebels pair but Harding's second half surge ensured the points were shared.

Zetterstrom pounced on Topinka's uncharacteristic rush of blood to keep Somerset in touch - Topinka burning up the track to claim the minor places alongside Nermark.

Doolan secured the hard fought bonus leaving Zetterstrom the individual plaudits in the finale.

Stars: Nermark 10, Batchelor 7+2, Harding 7, Doolan 12+1, Topinka 10+2, Mills 6+1, Oliver 4+2.

Rebels: Zetterstrom 18, Kramer 7, Katt 5, Phillips 1, Cunningham 2, Smart 2+1, Barker 4+1.

Next week's scheduled Premier League fixture against Edinburgh at the Norfolk Arena has been postponed to avoid a clash with the World Cup semi final.


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