Friday September 23, 2011
BATTLING Birmingham just failed in their quest to end their season with some silverware with a 49-41 Midland Cup defeat at Coventry on Friday evening.

Both teams put on a great show with some thrilling racing served up for the Brandon crowd but it was the Bees who just edged the contest and run out 93-87 aggregate winners.

Despite ending the night empty-handed there were some encouraging individual performances – in particular Aaron Summers who rode well from the reserve berth for his 12-point tally. Skipper Danny King also battled gamely with 9+3 and Daniel Nermark had a couple of race wins in his 7+1 score.

Things were looking good for the Brummies early on as assisted by a couple of 5-1s from the Ben Barker and King pairing they increased their two-point first leg advantage and led 23-19 after heat 7.

But the Bees finally got their act together and with maximums in races 8, 10 and 11 they went ahead on aggregate for the first time in the contest.

Summers and King did hit back with a 5-1 in Heat 12, but Josh Auty then came from behind to help Bees register a 4-2 in Heat 13.

This left Brummies needing a 5-1 in the final race to force a possible run-off as the scores would have been tied on aggregate, but Rory Schlein and the impressive Nick Morris held their nerve with a last-gasp 4-2 to win the Cup for the Bees.

COVENTRY 49: Rory Schlein 13+2, Josh Auty 11, Nick Morris 10+2, Ryan Fisher 7, Piotr Pawlicki 6+2, Przemek Pawlicki 2+1, Edward Kennett R/R.

BIRMINGHAM 41: Aaron Summers 12, Daniel King 9+3, Daniel Nermark 7+1, Ben Barker 6, Tai Woffinden 4, Claus Vissing 2, Ulrich Ostergaard 1.

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