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(SPEEDWAY 1)CHRIS Holder says he and Poole team-mate Darcy Ward are looking to complete a clean sweep of domestic honours in the closing days of the season.The Australian duo won the Elite League Pairs in April, lifted the league title with Poole last Monday and now compete against each other in the Elite League Riders' Championship at Swindon on Saturday.They then resume team duty with the Pirates in the Knockout Cup Final over two legs against Belle Vue next week.Holder said: "We are on such a high and it would be lovely to add the third of the four major wins in the UK. There is no question both myself and Darcy will be going for it. Both of us enjoy racing at Swindon, but this is a meeting with a strength of field right up there with a Grand Prix meeting, so we both know it's going to be tough."(SPEEDWAY 2)RICHARD Lawson scored his first-ever maximum in Premier League speedway as Workington defeated Ipswich 51-39 at Derwent Park.Lawson reeled off six straight wins as the two sides finally staged a meeting which had previously been postponed on four occasions due to rain.Comets boss Tony Jackson said: "It was a fantastic effort by an injury-hit team to defeat the Witches, who had us worried early in the meeting. There was some tremendous racing and the highlight of the match was Richard's 18-point maximum, which was fully deserved."He has come very close to it on several occasions this season, but this time he finally secured it, on a night that he will remember for a long time to come."(SPEEDWAY 3)PLYMOUTH gained ground on Leicester in the battle to avoid the Premier League wooden spoon with a 50-45 home win over Newcastle.The Devils saw guest rider Simon Lambert crash out of the meeting with a wrist injury but reserves Gino Franchetti and James Cockle covered admirably with 18 (paid 23) between them.Plymouth promoter Mike Bowden said: "It would have been good to take all three points, but hopefully we will do the necessary against Berwick next Friday to climb above Leicester."It was another good team performance and it was pleasing to have Ben Barker showing that he is back to form again after his recent leg operation. He had a tentative first race, but dropped only one point to an opponent in his four remaining races."(SPEEDWAY 4)EASTBOURNE have confirmed the staging of a fixture between the Great Britain Under-23 team and a young Australian side.The Eagles will host the event on October 22 with the Eagles' Lewis Bridger captaining the 'home' team and his regular team-mate Cameron Woodward leading the opposition.Co-promoter Mike Bellerby said: "When the opportunity arose to have this fixture, we grabbed it because we think it will make a good end to the season for our fans and provide the chance to give a big thank you to everyone who has supported the Lifestyle Eagles and made it possible for speedway to continue at Arlington."There's the local interest in Lewis and Cameron and I'm sure our supporters will enjoy the opportunity of seeing some of the riders who will become the stars of tomorrow."(FIXTURES)SATURDAY OCTOBER 15:ELITE LEAGUE RIDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP, Swindon 5pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Workington 7pmCHALLENGE: Stoke v Birmingham Bulls 7.30SUNDAY OCTOBER 16:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Newport 1.30, Glasgow v Newport 3.30, Rye House v Ipswich 2pm, Newcastle v Berwick 7pm, Workington v Sheffield 3.30BERNIE KLATT MEMORIAL TROPHY: Mildenhall 4.30JUNIOR OPEN MEETING: Leicester 3pmTUESDAY OCTOBER 18:BANKS'S OLYMPIQUE: Wolverhampton 7.30WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19:ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 1st leg: Belle Vue v Poole 8pm

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