PIRATES breezed into the last four of the Championship Knockout Cup with a dominant home display against Plymouth at Wimborne Road.

The Dorset club triumphed 58-32 on the evening, with a whopping 106-74 success on aggregate.

Richard Lawson dropped just one point from five rides with him scoring 14 in total for the hosts, Steve Worrall (11+2) and Drew Kemp (10) reached double figures.

Pirates went into the second leg of the tie having held a six-point lead after a 48-42 victory at the Coliseum 24 hours previously.

The visitors were however forced into a change. Edward Kennett was out through injury, meaning 2018 Poole hero Chris Harris came into the Plymouth line-up as a guest at number one.

And it was British star Harris who got the visitors off and running with a heat advantage in race one.

He got the better of Worrall out of the first turn, with Ben Barker passing Zach Cook at the back to earn Plymouth a 4-2.

Pirates instantly responded with a 4-2 of their own. Kemp led from the gate and was miles clear in the reserve race. Dan Gilkes – a heavy scorer in the first leg – took advantage of Nathan Ablitt losing shape on turn two to finish second.

Lawson carried on where he left off the previous evening for Poole in race three – making light work of things to take the chequered flag with Ben Cook joining him for a maximum.

Drama then ensued with three attempts of heat four. Poole skipper Danny King went through the tapes, meaning he went off a 15-metre penalty. Then a spill involving King and Nathan Ablitt saw Gilkes excluded. Hans Andersen went on to take the chequered flag in a level race.

Harris made it two wins from two as he led from the gate in a level heat five. Pirates still led by 10 on aggregate.

And the hosts stamped their authority on proceedings in heat six. Worrall was gone from the outset to take the race win, with Zach Cook manoeuvring his way past Andersen and Atkins to seal a 5-1.

A ding-dong battle then resulted in another Poole maximum in race seven. While Kemp managed to hold his position in front, King and Michael Palm Toft went toe-to-toe with the British champion roaring round the outside before the line for second.

Zach Cook led home Barker in race eight with Ablitt picking up another point for third. Poole led 31-17 on the night and 79-59 on aggregate.

Pirates continued their dominance in races nine and 10. Lawson and Ben Cook, then Worrall and Zach Cook both teamed up for back-to-back 5-1s to put the meeting and the tie beyond doubt.

Star guest Harris continued his impressive night’s work to make it three out of three for the Gladiators, ahead of Kemp and Ablitt in a shared heat 11 – after Barker’s bike packed up.

Lawson took the spoils in a shared heat 12. Harris sealed his fourth race win ahead of King and Worrall in a star-studded race 13.

Palm Toft made it back-to-back race wins for Plymouth in the dying embers of the night, he took advantage of a rare mistake from Kemp to grab the chequered flag in a 3-3.

And Lawson and Worrall finished off the night in style with a one-two for the home side to stretch their advantage to 32 in the nominated heat 15 – teaming up to finally tame Harris, with Palm Toft at the back.

Pirates 58: S Worrall 11+2, Z Cook 7+2, Lawson 14, B Cook 6+4, King 6+1, Kemp 10, Ablitt 4+2.

Plymouth 32: Harris 13, Barker 3, Bowtell 3, Palm-Toft 5, Andersen 5, Gilkes 2, Atkins 1+1.