Wednesday October 03, 2007

Aggregate - Birmingham 91 Mildenhall 89

BIRMINGHAM are through to the semi-finals of the Young Shield - but only after being given an almighty scare by Mildenhall in a thriller at Perry Barr.

The Fen Tigers actually won on the night, leaving the Brummies thankful for their 47-43 victory at West Row on Tuesday which allowed them to win overall by a slender two-point advantage.

Skipper Jason Lyons and guest Chris Kerr were the heroes throughout the meeting, firstly fighting their way past Shaun Tacey in spectacular style in Heat 9 at a stage when the fast-gating Fen Tigers were six points up on the night.

Lyons had earlier prevented a Mildenhall 5-1 in Heat 3 with inside passing moves on Tacey and Paul Fry - whilst Kerr was fortunate to hold on to third place in Heat 5 when he clipped the fence as he headed for the finishing line.

But Mildenhall struck a major blow with a 5-1 from Tacey and Lee Complin in Heat 13 which levelled the aggregate scores, and when Fry and Tomas Suchanek raced clear in Heat 14, things looked bleak for the Brummies.

Kerr, however, produced a splendid ride to overhaul both Fen Tigers, coming past Fry on the run down to the line for a brilliant win which left the aggregate scores locked at 87-87.

Lyons emerged from a tight first corner in front in the decider and went on to complete his maximum, and although Complin took a comfortable second, Kerr quickly established third place for the point which took the Brummies through to a last-four clash with either Glasgow or, ironically, Kerr's regular team Redcar.

BIRMINGHAM: Jason Lyons 14+1, Chris Kerr 11, Phil Morris 9+1, Lee Smart 4+1, Manuel Hauzinger 4, Paul Clews 2, Henrik Moller r/r.

MILDENHALL: Lee Complin 12+1, Paul Fry 10+1, Tomas Suchanek 9+2, Shaun Tacey 7+2, Jason King 7+1, Scott James 1, Tom P Madsen r/r

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