Thursday June 05, 2008
BRILLIANT Birmingham reached the Premier Trophy Final with three races to spare at Sheffield last night.

The injury-hit Perry Barr side once again displayed all their battling qualities to win by four-points on aggregate after a 53-37 defeat on the night.

New signing Craig Watson was in inspired form with 13 and former Sheffield man James Birkinshaw haunted his former club for a second successive night with 10+3 – making it 21+4 over both legs!

Jason Lyons' second place in heat 12 was the confirmation of Birmingham's final ticket against the winners of the other semi between Reading and Edinburgh.

Tigers finished strongly with two 5-1s as Birmingham took their foot off the gas, while it was almost a third in the finale but skipper Andre Compton just failed to overhaul Craig Watson and join Ben Wilson at the front in a titanic race.

Compton topped the home scorechart with good backing from Wilson and reserve Lee Smethills, but the exit from another competition means the Owlerton side are left with only the Premier League title to aim for.

SHEFFIELD: A. Compton 13, B. Wilson 11, L. Smethills 11, J. Parsons 6, R. Ashworth 5+3, P. Cooper 4+2, K. Hughes 3+1.
BRC ROOFING BRUMMIES: C. Watson 13, J. Birkinshaw 10+2, J. Lyons 9, C. Mills 5+2, L. Smart 0, J. Hargreaves 0.

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