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Kent Kings speedway team up to second place in National League after victory over Buxton Hitmen

By Craig Tucker
Benji Compton (blue helmet) and David Mason (red helmet) in action for Kent Kings against Buxton Hitmen Picture: Elizabeth Leslie

Kent Kings climbed to second place in the National League on Monday night - their highest-ever position.

Their 57-37 home victory over Buxton Hitmen leaves Kings on the verge of clinching a play-off place.

Kings won nine of the 15 heats - including six one-twos - on a night that saw No.1 rider Ben Morley lead the way with 15 points.

Benji Compton shrugged off a blown engine to rack up four heat wins for a 12-point haul.

Stand-in captain David Mason (9+3), Aaron Baseby (8+3), Danny Ayres (7+1) and Jason Garrad (6+1) completed Kings' tally.

Kent travel to play-off rivals Stoke Potters on Saturday, followed by the rearranged return fixture against Buxton on Sunday.

Kings face Arena Essex Hammers in a Bank Holiday Monday challenge match at Central Park (3pm).

Former Kent riders Jack Kingston, Connor Coles and Luke Chessell are set to line up for the visitors.

Also making an appearance is former Sittingbourne Crusader Mark Baseby, brother of Kings man Aaron.

The Great Britain under-19 Championship, due to be held at Central Park on September 1, has been postponed as key riders Adam Ellis, Max Clegg and Josh Bates are unavailable.

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