Wednesday April 22, 2009
BEN Taylor pulled off the ride of his short career to help Birmingham to a thrilling 47-43 Premier Trophy win over Somerset at Perry Barr on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old reserve defended the team’s six-point lead at a crucial stage in the meeting after colleague Tomasz Piszcz had been excluded. He held off former Australian international Steve Johnston in a brilliant four laps to set up the finish.

Robert Ksiezak also enjoyed his best display in BRC Roofing Brummies colours with a series of wins in his score.

But Daniel Halsey had a debut to forget for Birmingham after withdrawing following his second ride with a back injury.

Graham Drury’s men had to work hard to keep the Rebels at bay and after Taylor’s heroics they opened up the eight-point cushion which would have given them three points.

But Somerset showed great character and Johnston won his last two outings to help the visitors claim a consolation point for their efforts.

Birmingham will feel pleased to end their losing run, however, and are showing signs of recovery after a worrying start to the season.

BIRMINGHAM: Robert Ksiezak 11, Ben Taylor 8, Richard Sweetman 8, Tomasz Piszcz 8, Jason Lyons 6+3, Ludvig Lindgren 6+2, Daniel Halsey 0.
SOMERSET: Steve Johnston 14, Emil Kramer 10, Jay Herne 5+1, Corey Gathercole 5, Justin Sedgman 4+1, Simon Walker 3+1, Tom Brown 2+1.

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