Craig Cook back on the boil after maximum haul for Monarchs

Craig Cook is delighted with his return to form. Picture: Ron MacNeill
Craig Cook is delighted with his return to form. Picture: Ron MacNeill
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Edinburgh Monarchs No.1 Craig Cook today admitted he has been suffering from an uncharacteristic crisis of confidence over the last few weeks which led to a dip in his scoring, but insisted: “I think I’m back on track now.”

Cook scored a superb maximum from four rides at Newcastle Diamonds last weekend which ended in a 42-42 draw after the match was abandoned with one race left.

Monarchs co-boss John Campbell said: “Craig produced his best match in many weeks with exciting overtakes and fast riding. He has been very low for a while, believing his efforts on track were not matched by his points scoring.

“As I was leaving Newcastle, Craig – with the broadest grin – said to me ‘I’m back!’ Nobody who saw him at Newcastle would argue and I was absolutely delighted for him.”

Skipper Derek Sneddon also feels he has turned a corner after improved scores against Somerset and Newcastle. “All season I have had problems and everywhere I turned something was always there to knock me back. I’ve spent more money this year than ever before and I’m sitting on my worst average ever.

“I scored nine at home last week against Somerset and was really fired up for the meeting. I gated well and rode Armadale harder than I’ve done before and it worked out well for me. Long may it continue.”