Friday September 20, 2019
TEAM boss Laurence Rogers told Birmingham’s Championship rivals to “watch out for us in 2020” after bagging a semi-final spot in the Championship Pairs.

Adam Ellis and Tero Aarnio notched 22 points to push the Edwards Plumbing Brummies to second in the standings at the Oak Tree Arena before being split by Leicester’s Ryan Douglas and Scott Nicholls in the last four.
Ellis took the chequered flag but Aarnio simply could not get enough momentum to overhaul Nicholls at the back with the 4-3-2-0 scoring system sending the Lions through to final they lost against dominant Glasgow pair Craig Cook and Rasmus Jensen.
“Not many would have expected that, we have shocked a few there and third place overall was good for us,” said Rogers.
“Well done to Tero and Adam for battling away all night like that, they certainly earned their place in the last four.
“They worked together, talked a lot and believed they could get points whenever they went to tapes.
“There was some cracking racing and the boys put on a great show – just watch out for us in 2020!”
Ellis won the opener with Aarnio pinned at the back by Eastbourne’s Richard Lawson but the flying Finn joined his team-mate up top in a tight heat seven maximum, holding off Newcastle’s Steve Worrall on the finish line to take second.
Aarnio was the hero of heat 12, passing Sheffield’s Kyle Howarth who stifled the surge of team-mate Danny King.
King eventually came through to second and Ellis, who had laboured at the back early on, ensured Howarth went from first to last.
That put the Brummies in the driving seat to qualify and their passage was sealed by five points from a big battle in heat 18, packing the minor places despite Redcar’s Erik Riss piling on the pressure.
The Bears got seen off by that outcome with Glasgow leading the way, Brummies second, Leicester third and Sheffield edging through having gained more maximums than Scunthorpe.

1. GLASGOW: Craig Cook and Rasmus Jensen
2. LEICESTER: Ryan Douglas and Scott Nicholls

Glasgow beat Sheffield 7-2
Leicester beat Birmingham 5-4

Qualifying scores:
Glasgow 25: Rasmus Jensen 13, Craig Cook 12
Birmingham 22: Adam Ellis 13, Tero Aarnio 9
Leicester 21: Ryan Douglas 12, Scott Nicholls 9
Sheffield 20: Danny King 14, Kyle Howarth 6
Scunthorpe 20: Jake Allen 13, Ben Barker 7
Redcar 19: Jordan Stewart 13, Erik Riss 6
Eastbourne 18: Richard Lawson 12, Lewis Kerr 6
Newcastle 15: Steve Worrall 12, Lasse Bjerre 3
Somerset 15: Nick Morris 8, Rory Schlein 7
Edinburgh 13: Ricky Wells 8, Cameron Heeps 5
Berwick 10: Tomas H Jonasson 10, Jye Etheridge 0


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