BRUMMIES 66 BUXTON 24

Wednesday April 13, 2016
BIRMINGHAM pulled off their biggest victory since returning to the sport in 2007 with a 66-24 win over Buxton.

The Surestop Brummies dominated from start to finish at Perry Barr as they seized control of their National Trophy group.

Graham Drury's side secured all 15 race winners, registered no fewer than nine heat maximums and had three members remain unbeaten by an opposition rider.

While the Welshman was delighted with a third comprehensive win of the season, he also admitted to being a little sympathetic towards the visitors.

Said Drury: "I have to be honest and say I feel quite sorry for Buxton; they haven't even had a press and practice session due to the weather and their first task of the season was to come to one of the league favourites who are a side bang in form.

"They showed some spirit but our lads just continued how they have been doing in the early stages of the season.

"I can't explain how delighted I am with this team we've assembled and tonight's win was yet another big confidence boost for the busy upcoming schedule that we've got."

Club captain Tom Perry continued his impressive form, securing his first full maximum of the season thanks to a number of brave first bend manoeuvres.

Darryl Ritchings was cruelly denied a full maximum of his own when his bike packed up on the final two bends of heat 15 on an otherwise impressive night for the Wiltshire racer.

Zach Wajtknecht continued to enjoy his new No.1 role with a paid maximum while in-form youngster Danyon Hume also went unbeaten by an opposition rider for the first time in his career.

However it was 17-year-old reserve Jack Smith who pulled off the individual ride of the night in heat seven. Smith was squeezed out on the opening two bends but wound the throttle on as he went in pursuit of Buxton No.1 Olly Greenwood. On the final two bends, he blasted it around the boards to squeeze through the smallest of gaps down the home straight to snatch a paid win on the line and defeat the former British Under-19 Champion. It was a move that sent the Perry Barr crowd wild and that move alone meant he went home with the fully deserved Ductair Electrics Ltd Rider of the Night award.

15-year-old Jack Parkinson Blackburn bagged another paid double figure haul once again while Tom Bacon ended his night on a high with a gate-and-go win in heat 12 after an otherwise tough night for the Coventry born racer.

The Surestop Brummies have four representatives in Thursday's British Under-21 Final at Sheffield before travelling to Coventry on Friday for the first meeting of their defence of the National League Championship.

BIRMINGHAM 66: Tom Perry 15, Darryl Ritchings 12, Danyon Hume 10+2, Zach Wajtknecht 10+2, Jack Smith 8+2, Jack Parkinson Blackburn 7+3, Tom Bacon 4.

BUXTON 24: Ryan Blacklock 8+1, Oliver Greenwood 8, Ryan Burton 5+1, Shelby Rutherford 2, Steve Jones 1+1, Lee Geary 0, Sam Wright 0, Jade Mudgway R/R.

Picture: CLAIRE SWATMAN

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