Hall ups the gears to track Croall back

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NICKY HALL was the top performer in last night’s round of the Meadowbank National Cycling Track League, outscoring his City of Edinburgh team-mate Bruce Croall, the defending champion.

Croall extended his advantage at the top of the table when he took the honours in the opening event, the 12 lap scratch, ahead of his nearest challenger Dave Martin (Bicycleworks), with Hall in third spot.

However, Hall struck back with a win in the Devil Take the Hindmost, seeing off Croall and Martin, before making it a double when he pipped Martin on the line in the 35 lap derny-paced finale, with Matthew Ball (West Lothian Clarion) completing the top three.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, another City of Edinburgh rider, John Paul, finished fifth in the Keirin Cup at the World Series of Cycling in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.

Paul booked his place in the final when he won his heat, but was unable to repeat his success in the decider which was won by local rider Matt Baranoski.

The Scot will be back on track at the same venue on Friday for the UCI Festival of Speed.