Saturday August 12, 2023
BIRMINGHAM gave their play-off hopes a major boost by claiming maximum points at Berwick on Saturday.

The Curtis Sport Brummies won 50-40 at Shielfield Park - and picked up the aggregate point following their victory over the Bandits at Perry Barr in June.

The two fought out a keenly contested Cab Direct Championship clash but the Second City side dug deep in the latter stages in particular, registering four heat advantages in the last five races.

Richard Lawson proved to be an inspired choice of guest at No.1 by team boss Stewart Dickson as he romped his way to a 14+1 paid maximum.

Skipper Justin Sedgmen also registered double figures for the second meeting running whilst Paul Starke contributed his highest score since returning to the Club.

Troy Batchelor added seven, including a vital win in Heat 12, with Alfie Bowtell scoring paid nine and Stefan Nielsen back amongst the points with four.

Teenage reserve Sam Hagon couldn’t trouble the scorers but the Brummies moved onto level points with Edinburgh as the race for sixth spot took another major twist.

Team boss Dickson said: “I said in the build-up that I felt this was a must win meeting for us and the riders have delivered the goods.

“They came up trumps in certain races when the pressure felt like it was on so credit to the riders, I’m really pleased.

“Richard did a superb job leading from the front as our guest No.1 but I was proud of the way the whole team took it to Berwick tonight.

“Two away wins in a season is good for any club, yet alone someone in the position we find ourselves in.

“But now we’re back up to joint sixth in the table and we’ve given ourselves a realistic chance of achieving our goal - but there’s still a lot of hard work to be done.”

The next action at Perry Barr sees Birmingham host a Coventry Bees Select next Wednesday (August 16, 7.30) in a Challenge before heading to Redcar in the league next Friday (August 18, 7.30).

BERWICK 40: Rory Schlein 12, Jye Etheridge 11, Simon Lambert 5+1, Steve Boxall 5, Leon Flint 4+1, Connor Coles 3+1, Hans Andersen R/R.
BIRMINGHAM 50: Richard Lawson 14+1, Justin Sedgmen 11, Paul Starke 8+1, Troy Batchelor 7, Alfie Bowtell 6+3, Stefan Nielsen 4, Sam Hagon 0.
Birmingham win the aggregate point 98-82

Photo credit: NIA MARTIN

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