Saturday October 04, 2008
BIRMINGHAM’S Young Shield quest ended with a 50-40 defeat at Berwick on Saturday evening.

The Brummies took an eight-point lead from the first leg into the meeting, but lost out to the Bandits in the latter stages and it is the border club who now progress to the semi-finals courtesy of a 92-90 aggregate victory.

There wasn’t much to choose between the two teams early on as Berwick opened up a slender 26-22 lead after eight races, but a 4-2 in heat 9 moved the home side to within two points overall.

This was followed up with a 5-1 from Craig Watson and Tomasz Piszcz in heat 11, which did momentarily put the Brummies into a good position going into the closing stages.

The Bandits then livened things up with a 4-2 in heat 12, but a big crash at the start of heat 13 involving Piszcz, Watson and Paul Clews swung things back in the home side’s favour. With Piszcz excluded from the re-run the Brummies conceded a 5-1 and with the scores now tied overall, it left everything to race for in the final two races.

Paul Clews and Scott Smith put Berwick on the brink of an aggregate victory with a five-pointer in heat 14, and despite a last race 4-2 from Brummies duo Lyons and Piszcz, it is the Bandits who sneak through to the semi-finals by the narrowest of margins.

BERWICK 50: Jason Doyle 11, Scott Smith 10+2, Paul Clews 10+1, Michal Makovsky 10, Lee Dicken 5+3, Guglielmo Franchetti 4+1, Tero Aarnio R/R

BIRMINGHAM 40: Jason Lyons 14, Tomasz Piszcz 11+1, Craig Watson 11, Ben Taylor 3, Anders Andersen 1, Jay Herne 0, Kyle Legault R/R

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