Sheffield Tigers are resigned to going out of the British League Cup after a 47-43 defeat at home to Elite League giants Eastbourne. The result means Eagles will be hot favourites to reach the semi-finals when the sides meet in Sussex for the second leg on Saturday.

Skipper Sean Wilson was in magnificent form for the home side with 18 from seven rides which included two spectacular wins over 2000 world champion Mark Loram. Loram was the top scorer for Eastbourne with 13 from his five starts and also collected the Owlerton track record with a time of 60.0 seconds. Shortly before his record-breaking ride Wilson had claimed it for himself in 60.2 seconds on a superbly prepared track.

Loram said: "I really enjoyed myself out there. I get a bit bored of riding the same old tracks week in and week out in the Elite League so this was different. The Sheffield youngsters impressed me. I follow the sport at all levels but some of these kids are really flying at the monent. Sheffield as a venue is superb - I would suggest it's just the type of place the Elite League needs."


Sean Wilson 18, Ricky Ashworth 9, Andrew Moore 6, James Birkinshaw 5, Ben Wilson 3, Ross Brady 2, Richard Hall 0.

Mark Loram 13, Adam Shields 10, Jonas Kylmakorpi 8, Matt Read 7, Mark Burrows 4, Dean Barker 3, Joel Parsons 2



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