Monday September 12, 2016
BIRMINGHAM are through to the final of the Knockout Cup after a stunning 54-36 victory at Kent.

The Surestop Brummies produced yet another emphatic display to seal a 103-77 aggregate win and their third success of the year at Central Park.

It was another unforgettable night for the Perry Barr outfit who extended their winning run to 15 meetings.

Team manager Graham Drury said: "This bunch of riders just continue to amaze me - they're all getting better and better every single week.

"We're clicking into even better form when it matters most and as a team they're riding their socks off.

"We didn't want to be put under the cosh early on and the lads got off to a tremendous start to settle any nerves.

"The attitude and determination stood out for me more than anything - at times when they could have happily settled for seconds or thirds, they gave it their all and did everything they could to try and gain extra points.

"It was a brilliant team performance once again and I know I keep saying it, but there wasn't a single weak link.

"It was great to see Jack Parkinson-Blackburn have such an impressive first meeting back and a special word for Ellis Perks who team rode brilliantly on more than one occasion.

"Thankfully Tom Bacon and Jack Smith both walked away from two heavy crashes and overall it was just another tremendous night for Birmingham Speedway."

Parkinson-Blackburn returned from illness in fine fashion as he registered two race wins to top score on one of his least favoured circuits.

Guest Ellis Perks put in a true No. 1 performance and linked up well with Danyon Hume in particular as the pairing secured two maximum heat advantages together.

Tom Perry also enjoyed one of his better nights around the Kent circuit as he played a key role as captain once again.

Tom Bacon put in another solid performance with two wins to his name and was only denied double figures after crashing heavily in his second outing.

Jack Smith dropped just one point to the opposition in his first two rides before crashing through the wooden fence down the back straight in heat nine. The 17-year-old was advised to withdraw from the meeting but thankfully suffered no long lasting effects from the crash.

Darryl Ritchings chipped in with some key points and the Brummies now await the winners of the second semi-final which sees Midland rivals Cradley take on Eastbourne.

The British Under-19 Final takes place at Perry Barr on Wednesday, with Brummies duo Jack Parkinson-Blackburn and Jack Smith part of the 16 rider line-up.

KENT 36: Luke Bowen 14, Danny Ayres 8, James Shanes 6, David Mason 3+1, Jack Thomas 2, Danno Verge 2, Luke Clifton 1.

BIRMINGHAM 54: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 11+1, Ellis Perks 10+3, Tom Perry 10+1, Tom Bacon 8, Danyon Hume 7+1, Darryl Ritchings 4+2, Jack Smith 4+1.

Birmingham win 103-77 on aggregate

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