Monday July 23, 2018
BRUMMIES chief Laurence Rogers admits it was a “good performance” from his side in a meeting overshadowed by the injury to Luke Bowen.

Kent’s top man Bowen was taken from the track on a stretcher with a suspected broken leg during their clash at the Central Park stadium.

Bowen and Brummies’ James Shanes were in a thrilling Heat 13 race when the Kent No.1 came down awkwardly.

That meant this challenge clash was abandoned at Heat 12 to allow for Bowen to get full medical assistance with the Brummies leading by eight points - 83-78 - on aggregate.

Rogers felt it was a good run out for his side before facing Plymouth at Perry Barr on Wednesday.

He said: “We were still in the meeting at eight points down and five up on aggregate when Luke had his crash.

“It was an awkward one and he has a suspected broken leg, our best wishes from the club go to Luke and hope he has a speedy recovery.

“It did overshadow the result obviously. From my point of view it was a good performance against a very good side.

“Kent have a very good top three in Bowen, Alfie Bowtell and Jack Thomas so it was always going to be tough.

“But in fairness our top five were very solid and that kept us in the match. It was also a very good run out for Dan Greenwood who produced four excellent second places.

“Our boys at reserve struggled a bit but that’s to be expected but all-in-all it was very good preparation before facing Plymouth on Wednesday night.”

KENT 40: Alfie Bowtell 11, Jack Thomas 8+1, Luke Bowen 8, Alex Spooner 6+1, Taylor Hampshire 5+1, William O’Keefe 2+1, Anders Rowe r/r.

BIRMINGHAM 32: Tom Bacon 8, Dan Greenwood 8, James Shanes 8, Callum Walker 4+1, Leon Flint 3+3, James Laker 1, Arran Butcher 0.

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