Wednesday August 03, 2016
BIRMINGHAM ran up their biggest National League win of the season with a 64-26 demolition of King’s Lynn at Perry Barr on Wednesday.

The Surestop Brummies were in devastating form as they extended their lead at the top of the table to twelve points, against a Young Stars team who themselves have realistic play-off ambitions.

But Wednesday’s meeting was all one-way traffic with guest Dan Halsey racing to a paid maximum from four rides, a feat matched by Danyon Hume and 15-year-old reserve sensation Jack Parkinson-Blackburn.

The latter duo’s hopes of going through the card completely were ended when Nathan Greaves collected the sole race win of the night for the visitors in Heat 15, but it was still a hugely impressive Brummies display.

Halsey was involved in one of the races of the night when he re-passed Greaves to win Heat 6, whilst Hume produced some committed first-lap overtaking moves to win his opening three rides before following Parkinson-Blackburn home for a 5-1 in Heat 12.

That was one of seven maximum race advantages for the rampant home side, who were 27-9 up after just six heats with the Young Stars seeming to be uncertain over track conditions following a pre-meeting shower.

But Parkinson-Blackburn showed there were few problems as he scorched around to win Heat 2 in an impressive 59.91 time, and another encouraging factor was skipper Tom Perry enjoying his best home meeting for several weeks.

Perry was forced into some swift avoiding action in Heat 7 when team-mate Jack Smith clipped the machine of Tom Stokes sending both Brummies into the third bend fence, but after that scare the captain reeled off three race wins to finish with double-figures.

Brummies boss Graham Drury said: “We did have a deluge of rain before the meeting and whether that deterred the King’s Lynn riders I don’t know, because it wasn’t hype on my part before the meeting against what I felt was a good side.

“Maybe again the score doesn’t reflect the quality of some of the racing, but it was a good all-round team performance from our lads even if perhaps there wasn’t quite the entertainment we were anticipating.

“The riders can only ride against the team that’s put out in front of them, and I don’t really know if we were particularly good or whether the King’s Lynn lads had an off-night.

“But the situation now is that we have a nice healthy lead in the league, so we can put that to one side and go to Belle Vue on Saturday in the KO Cup to defend the lead we’ve got, and hopefully we can get into the semi-finals of that competition.

“It was another good crowd, I must say the children for free did seem to work because we had a lot of youngsters in with mums and dads, and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the other promotions we’ve got during the month.”

BIRMINGHAM 64: Danyon Hume 13+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 12+2, Dan Halsey 10+2, Tom Perry 10, Tom Bacon 9+1, Darryl Ritchings 7+1, Jack Smith 3+1.
KING’S LYNN 26: Nathan Greaves 10, Josh Bailey 5, Tom Stokes 4+1, Ryan Kinsley 3+1, Shane Hazelden 3, Scott Campos 1, Lewis Whitmore 0.

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