(Diamonds win 104-78 on aggregate)
Newcastle Diamonds had a firm brief from their management for last night's League Cup final against Ipswich Witches – win by 13 or more to take their first big national title of the season.
However, their success turned out to be a far easier task courtesy of two key injuries to top Ipswich men by the end of heat five.
In heat one Ben Barker jetted away for Ipswich at speed to take the lead.
Richie Worrall tried to get on terms with the Witch, but overcooked it and ended up losing second to Cameron Heeps.
However, after two fine laps Worrall overhauled Heeps again and challenged Barker on the last lap in the 2-4 which extended the away side’s lead to 41-55.
In heat two Kerr and Chris Schramm flew out of the traps to take an early lead which they held to the end despite a great challenge from Ritchie Hawkins.
Heat three came to an early end when Leigh Lanham spun 180 degrees on the third bend, bringing down team-mate Heeps.
In the re-run, Heeps made the gate but first Andrew Tully then Ludvig Lindgren shot round him to take a 5-1.
With Anton Rosen heading home Morten Risager in heat four, the Diamonds led 18-8.
By the end of heat five the aggregate score was 58-62, while a Kerr/Worrall maximum in heat six tied the aggregate 63-63.
After a superb ride from Rosen in heat eight to win well, the aggregate remained all square.
Risager was then nominated as a tactical for Ipswich in heat nine, led well by Lindgren, but with Tully falling on the entrance to lap two the second place for four points was sealed.
However, Tully wasn’t finished and remounted and raced back into third, passing Benji Compton on the finish line in the 4-4 result.
Heat 10 was a virtual formality for Worrall and Rosen who easily too the five points from Compton and Hawkins.
In heat 11 Rosen and Schramm took the maximum 5-1 and in heat 12 Tully was quickly joined up front by Kerr in another devastating 5-1.
That took the score to 51-23 and on aggregate to 90-74 - giving Newcastle the League Cup for 2013.
NEWCASTLE: Richie Worrall (captain) 13+1,Stuart Robson - Rider replacement, Andrew Tully 9+3, Ludvig Lindgren 11+1, Anton Rosen 13+2, Chris Schramm 7+2, Lewis Kerr 13
IPSWICH: Ben Barker 3 - withdrawn injured, Cameron Heeps 7. Rohan Tungate rider-replacement, Leigh Lanham 0 - withdrawn injured, Morten Risager 12, Benji Compton 0, Ritchie Hawkins 5+1