Brummies close on play-offs
Birmingham set for top-four spot
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: September 13, 2012 10:54pm
Bjarne Pedersen: Top scored for Birmingham (Pic credit Claire Swatman)
Birmingham Brummies are on the brink of sealing a play-off spot after a comfortable 56-34 over Eastbourne Eagles.
RESULTS AND SCORERS
Bjarne Pedersen 12+1, Sebastian Ulamek 12, Ben Barker 9+1, Danny King 9, Martin Smolinski 6+1, Josh Auty 5+3, Nicolas Covatti 3+1
Lukas Dryml 8+1, Cameron Woodward 8, Nicolai Klindt 6+1, Denis Gizatullin 5, Joonas Kylmakorpi 4+1, Lewis Bridger 3, Simon Gustafsson r/r
Troy Batchelor 13, Simon Stead 12+3, Hans Andersen 9+1, Dawid Lampart 7+2, Jason Doyle 6+1, Nick Morris 5, Peter Kildemand 3
Scott Nicholls 19, Davey Watt 8, Robert Mear 4+1, Ryan Fisher 3, Kauko Nieminen 2+1, Justin Sedgmen 2, Jonas Davidsson r/r
Birmingham leapt into third spot as they took the victory they needed at Perry Barr, and a point or better at Coventry on Friday would confirm their spot.
Indeed, Birmingham and Peterborough will be confirmed along with Poole and Swindon in the top-four, if the Panthers avoid defeat to Lakeside at home on Friday.
Eastbourne started brightly against Birmingham, but they could not live with the play-off bound Brummies.
Bjarne Pedersen led his side home with paid 13, but the home side were comfortable with Seb Ulamek also claiming 12 and both Ben Barker (9+1) and Danny King (9) scoring well.
Eastbourne's top-scorer was reserve Lukas Dryml with paid 9 - but the fact they could only win four races summed up their night.
Birmingham co-team boss Phil Morris said: "I'm very pleased. The boys really put a shift in.
"The first eight heats weren't looking great but the second half of the meeting really showed what Birmingham are capable of as a team.
"I believe if we can put two halves of the meeting together like that second half, then we can beat anyone around this circuit without a doubt."
Swindon Robins kept up the battle for top spot as they ran out 55-38 winners over Lakeside - whose own play-off hopes are virtually over.
Swindon were rocked by the early loss of in-form Dane Peter Kildemand but they coped well with Simon Stead in fine-form at reserve with paid 15.
Australian Troy Batchelor was also excellent as he lead the side home with 13.
But the undoubted rider of the night, was Lakeside guest Scott Nicholls as the British champion reeled of a brilliant 19 points - indeed was half the Hammers' entire total.