Wednesday September 23, 2015
BIRMINGHAM took control of their Gold Cup tie against Cradley after an impressive 54-36 victory.

It was the biggest win of the 2015 campaign for the Surestop Brummies who enjoyed a solid, whole team display against their local rivals.

Graham Drury's men will take an 18-point lead into next Wednesday's second leg but the Brummies team manager says his side still have plenty of work to do.

"That was a real classy performance from our riders - but it's only half-time with fifteen races left to go," said Drury.

"That was the youngest ever side to represent Birmingham Speedway and to win by such a margin deserves a lot of credit.

"We will just need to ride sensibly next week, but we'll definitely be looking for another win.

"Naturally, I hope Cradley's Max Clegg is okay and his withdrawal left Cradley with a major task ahead of them."

Adam Ellis was sublime once again as he raced his way to yet another impeccable maximum.

Zach Wajtknecht dropped just one point on another mature performance from the teenage sensation.

Tom Perry gave it his all with a series of rides around the boards to race his way to double-figures once again.

15-year-old guest reserve Jack Parkinson-Blackburn demonstrated his potential with a more than impressive Perry Barr debut while Jack Smith showed plenty of improvement with another booking at No.6

Sam Chapman was quick out of the gates as he picked up his average while Adam Kirby deserves more for his efforts.

CRADLEY 36: Matt Williamson 13, Arron Mogridge 12+2, Darryl Ritchings 8+1, Max Clegg 2, Michael Neale 1, Tyler Govier 0.

BIRMINGHAM 54: Adam Ellis 15, Zach Wajtknecht 11, Tom Perry 10+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 6+1, Jack Smith 5+2, Adam Kirby 2.

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