Heeps’ injury takes shine off Tigers going to the top

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TEENAGE sensation Cameron Heeps is set to miss the next month of the season after fracturing his wrist during Tuesday night’s draw with the Isle of Wight.

The 15-year-old bagged 18 points on the same evening, a score that meant he was confirmed as the Tigers’ new number one with an average of 8.74 points the following day.

As the Free Press went to print, Mildenhall bosses were searching for a replacement number one to line-up against Scunthorpe for them at West Row on Sunday (4.30pm).

“It was a racing accident, pure and simple,” said co-promoter Michael Lee. “Cam high sided and fell heavily on his wrist.

“He’s been to see a specialist today (Wednesday) and will visit another one tomorrow (Thursday), which will give us a much better idea of how bad a break it is.

“Like the rest of us, Cam is gutted about what’s happened. One thing is certain, we will not try and rush him back.

“He is still only a young lad, with a fantastic future ahead of him, and we will do nothing that will jeopardise that.

“We now have to be patient and keep everything crossed that if we reach the play-offs Cam will have recovered and be able to rejoin the team then.

“It’s a real shame and took the gloss of us going top of the table, but that’s speedway and we just have to get on with it.”

After a long battle with the British Speedway Promoters’ Association to be allowed to ride on these shores, the young Aussie has proved to be a massive hit in the National League.

Heeps scored 12+3 points on his debut and has not dropped below double figures since, with the highlight being a 20-point haul at the Dudley Heathens on August 2.

He looked set to better that at the Isle of Wight Islanders on Tuesday when he won his opening six rides to amass 18 points.

However, in the final heat, he broke his wrist when he took a tumble, denying him the chance to complete the perfect 21-point maximum.

The Tigers, who had been eight points behind on two occasions, held on for a 45-45 draw that took them to the top of the National League table.

n Mildenhall face a busy August Bank Holiday weekend with National League fixtures at the Hackney Hawks on Saturday, August 27, and Scunthorpe on Monday, August 29, with the National League Knockout Cup semi-final first leg at home to the Islanders sandwiched between on Sunday, August 28 (4.30pm).