Monday August 15, 2016
BIRMINGHAM claimed local bragging rights with a brilliant 48-41 win over Cradley at Monmore Green.

The Surestop Brummies extended their winning run to 10 meetings in all competitions to condemn the Heathens to their first home defeat this season.

It was a sensational all-around team performance from Graham Drury’s side to overcome arguably their toughest test of the season so far.

Drury was full of praise for his team after their all-around strength prevailed over the top-end strength of the Heathens.

“It’s an excellent result,” said Drury. “Full credit to Cradley, because I thought it was an excellent speedway meeting between two very good teams.

“The make-up of each team is different, Cradley are very top heavy whereas we are trying to build with more strength all the way through the team.

“On a superb race track in front of a very good crowd, with both Cradley and Birmingham fans giving their teams superb support, it was great to come out on top.

“It’s the first time Cradley have been beaten at home this season, and it’s the same as when we went to Kent and won there.

“We’ve reached the play-offs now I would have thought, and it was certainly a very pleasing performance.”

Teenage racer Jack Parkinson-Blackburn piled up a match-winning paid 16 point haul at reserve, partnering lower order partner Jack Smith to a 5-1 in heat two to get them off to a perfect start.

Tom Bacon and Danyon Hume also impressed, whilst Tom Perry and Darryl Ritchings put in solid performances against their former club.

Guesting No.1 Liam Carr also added a vital paid five points as the Brummies emerged with all four National League points.

After claiming perhaps their most impressive win of the campaign, they will be back in action against Buxton at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

CRADLEY 41: Max Clegg 14+1, Ashley Morris 14+1, Luke Chessell 7, Richard Andrews 3+2, Ben Basford 2, Bradley Andrews 1, James Purchase R/R.
BIRMINGHAM 48: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 11+5, Tom Bacon 10+1, Danyon Hume 8+1, Tom Perry 7, Darryl Ritchings 5+2, Liam Carr 4+1, Jack Smith 3.


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