KENT 41 BRUMMIES 43

Monday July 18, 2016
BIRMINGHAM extended their lead at the top of the National League with an impressive 43-41 win at Kent.

The Surestop Brummies put in another terrific team display with just six men after captain Tom Perry was forced to miss the clash due to work commitments.

Graham Drury's side edged a tense thriller in a meeting cut short with just one race to go after the curfew time was reached at Central Park.

Said Drury: "I'm beginning to run out of words to describe how proud I am of this team.

"When the chips are down, these lads pull together and battle for every single point.

"It was another stunning performance from each and every single rider and tonight's win really does sum up our title credentials.

"We opened up a ten point lead after just three races and while Kent came back at us, we dug deep and got the result we were after.

"To win at Kent twice in the space of a few weeks is a remarkable effort and this is a great way to start a busy week with two meetings against Stoke coming up."

Jack Smith and Tom Bacon continued their stunning run of form as they contributed 12 points apiece.

Zach Wajtknecht, Danyon Hume and Jack Parkinson-Blackburn chipped in with vital contributions while Darryl Ritchings will hope to bounce back against Stoke after another tough night at Central Park.

The Brummies host local rivals Stoke at Perry Barr on Wednesday.

KENT 41: James Shanes 11, Luke Bowen 9+1, Danny Ayres 9, David Mason 5+1, Luke Clifton 4+1, Jack Thomas 2+1, Danno Verge 1.
BIRMINGHAM 43: Jack Smith 12+2, Tom Bacon 12, Zach Wajtknecht 6+1, Danyon Hume 6+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 5+1, Darryl Ritchings 2, Tom Perry R/R.

Abandoned after 14 heats – Curfew – Result stands

Picture: ELIZABETH LESLIE

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