Tigers roar to Dudley victory

Mildenhall Fen Tigers picked up all four points with a brilliant away win over Dudley at Wolverhampton in the National League.

Superbly led by Aussie teenager Cameron Heeps with 20 points, and skipper Jack Hargreaves with 13+3, the victory saw the Tigers leap to second place in the NL table.

The evening got off to the perfect start for the visitors. Aaron Baseby, replacing his brother Mark who missed the meeting because of the re-occurrence of a knee injury, came home in front, with skipper Jack Hargreaves tucked in behind him for a 5-1 maximum.

Heat 2 saw Heeps lay down a marker for the rest of the evening, getting the first of four stylish wins in the opening eight heats, including back-to-back victories in Heats 4 and 5.

At the midway point the Tigers seemed comfortably in control before a controversial Heat 9 saw Lewis Blackbird excluded for bringing down the Heathens’ Ashley Morris.

After lengthy treatment, Morris was forced to retire from the meeting.

The re-run saw the home pair of Tom Perry and Richard Franklin hold Baseby at bay for a 5-1 that reduced the deficit to four points. Joe Jacobs then stepped up with his first win of the night in a shared Heat 10, to stall the Dudley comeback.

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Blackbird was excluded again in the next race, but with Dudley’s Adam Roynon excluded from the re-run, it ended in a 3-2 for Mildenhall as Hargreaves took the win from Richard Franklin.

Two shared heats kept the Tigers lead intact before the teenage duo of Heeps and Jacobs clinched the win, with a brilliant 5-1 in the penultimate race. But the Tigers still weren’t finished as the final race saw Heeps pick up his sixth win of the night, teaming up with Hargreaves to complete a stylish victory against one of the title favourites.

Tigers co-promoter Michael Lee could not contain his delight at his side’s win. “We are ecstatic. To come here and take all four points is unbelievable. Cameron was sensational and Jack proved what a brilliant captain he is.

“But all the boys played their part. We knew the team were capable of pulling off a result like this, but to win so well on Dudley’s home track has blown us all away.”

The Tigers return to NL action on Saturday when they travel to Wales to face the Newport Hornets.

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