Wednesday September 30, 2015
BIRMINGHAM sealed the 2015 bragging rights over local rivals Cradley with a 47-43 win on Wednesday.

The four-point second leg victory ensures the Surestop Brummies are safely through to the Gold Cup Final with a 101-79 aggregate score line.

The Brummies will host Eastbourne in the Grand Final with the first leg being at Perry Barr next Wednesday (October 7).

Team manager Graham Drury said: "With all the razzmatazz and the hype of the National League trophy presentation prior to the meeting, I thought the lads handled the occasion very well overall.

"It was great to see so many supporters turn out for this special night and to top off the presentation with another win was the icing on the cake.

"Full credit to Cradley though - they had their injury problems going into tonight but put up a good fight to push us all the way.

"However, it is us that is now in the final against Eastbourne and they're going to be two cracking meetings that's for sure."

Adam Ellis raced to an immaculate and spectacular 18-point maximum to guide the Perry Barr outfit to victory.

Tom Perry bagged double figures once again with a series of impressive passing manoeuvres from the Brummies' skipper.

Jack Parkinson-Blackburn caught the eye once again with two heat which highlighted his maturity at such a young age. Fellow reserve Jack Smith enjoyed another steady performance ahead of next week's clash.

Sam Chapman endured a tough night and was advised to go to hospital for an x-ray on his shoulder following a spill in heat 14.

Adam Kirby battled hard once again and as ever deserved more points for his efforts.

BIRMINGHAM 47: Adam Ellis 18, Tom Perry 13, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 6, Jack Smith 4+1, Sam Chapman 4, Adam Kirby 2, Zach Wajtknecht R/R.

CRADLEY 43: Arron Mogridge 14+2, Max Clegg 10, Matt Williamson 9+1, Darryl Ritchings 8+1, Tyler Govier 1+1, Luke Harris 1, Ellis Perks R/R.

Birmingham win 101-79 on aggregate.

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