Wednesday May 12, 2010
BIRMINGHAM lost two riders in a 48-41 defeat by Edinburgh at Perry Barr.

The BRC Roofing Brummies, who have been the dominant force in Premier League racing so far this season, lost American ace Chris Kerr with a suspected broken leg and reserve Jake Anderson with an elbow injury after two horrific spills.

It was only their second defeat in 14 outings and whilst the Scottish side deserve credit for their success it was a hammer blow for the Perry Barr side.

The meeting was first delayed for 30 minutes after an horrific Heat 2 pile-up when Anderson went through the fence after tangling with Kalle Katajisto on the first bend.

Miraculously Anderson was able to walk away with no serious injuries reported, although he was withdrawn from the meeting which led to a busy night for Justin Sedgmen, himself far from fully fit after his crash at Swindon on Monday.

But worse was to follow in Heat 3 when Chris Kerr clipped team-mate Richard Sweetman's rear wheel on the back straight and then went into the fence on turn three.

Brummies briefly had hopes of snatching an unlikely win when Sedgmen and an impressive Aaron Summers combined for a Heat 8 5-1 to put them in front.

But with the home side running out of rides, the Monarchs hit them hard with maximums in both Heats 13 and 14 to secure the points.

In the circumstances, Brummies will be grateful for the 38-point lead they take to Sheffield on Thursday for the second leg of their Knockout Cup tie.

BIRMINGHAM: Aaron Summers 11+1, Jason Lyons 11, Justin Sedgmen 8+3, Richard Sweetman 7, Steve Johnston 4+1, Jake Anderson 0, Chris Kerr 0.

EDINBURGH: Andrew Tully 11+1, Ryan Fisher 11, Kevin Wolbert 8+1, Matthew Wethers 7+2, Kalle Katajisto 7+1, Max Dilger 3+1, Jozsef Tabaka 1.

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