POOLE Pirates booked their spot in the SGB Championship grand final with a resounding 55-35 win over Edinburgh Monarchs at Wimborne Road.

Richard Lawson (13) led the charge for Pirates, who qualify with one meeting to spare, ahead of Scunthorpe Scorpions and Edinburgh in play-off group A.

Poole will face either Oxford Cheetahs or Glasgow Tigers in next month’s two-legged showpiece.

Both sides were a man short. Anders Rowe missed out due to concussion protocols for Pirates, while Monarchs number one Craig Cook continues to serve a suspension. Both clubs operated rider replacement, while Gordon Campbell team managed the visitors in the absence of John Campbell.

Pirates got off to a blistering start, quickly establishing a 10-point lead with Lawson, Kyle Newman and Ben Cook all recording race wins.

Josh Pickering broke the run of home wins with a strong ride in heat four, but Joe Thompson held off the challenge of Bastian Borke right to the line in the minor placings to take the score to 17-7 at the first track grade.

Ben and Zach Cook then combined for their second dominant maximum of the night, before spoils were shared in heat six, Monarchs reserve Dayle Wood gifted his first point of the night as Thompson slipped off when in third.

Newman then suffered a similar fate in the following race, withdrawing when sitting second behind Steve Worrall.

Pirates extended their lead to 32-16 after eight heats, Zach Cook continuing his fine night and Thompson again winning the tight battle with Borke at the back.

Monarchs claimed their first heat advantage after the second track grade, albeit massively aided by Ben Cook suffering with mechanical gremlins. Zach Cook split Pickering and Wood in an all-Aussie battle.

Paco Castagna was a surprise winner of an action-packed heat 10. Newman had taken to the front after storming up the inside of the Italian, before then doing well to keep control of his bike, albeit slipping back to third in the process. Castagna held off the challenge of Lawson to keep the contest alive.

But Pirates then moved to the brink of victory, Worrall and Newman combining for a maximum.

And the hosts mathematically secured victory in heat 12, Ben Cook taking the honours for his third win of the night.

Poole went on to add some further gloss and extend the winning margin to 20, thanks in large part to a win and second place for Lawson.

Pickering won heat 15 and top scored on the night with 14 from six rides.

Pirates 55: Lawson 13, B Cook 9, Z Cook 11+2, Worrall 11+2, Newman 7+2, Thompson 4+2.

Edinburgh 35: Fredriksen 3, Thomson 3+2, Castagna 11, Pickering 14, Wood 2+1, Borke 2.