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Birmingham Brummies v Newcastle Diamonds
Wednesday 19th June 2019, 22:08 UK
The Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds continued their Championship League chase last night at the Birmingham Brummies, hoping to take advantage of a Midlands' side ravaged with injury and absentees and got off to a great start in Heat One as Steve Worrall powered up early on to whip past Birmingham guest man Charles Wright, who led early on to share the race a 3-3.
Birmingham Brummies 49
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 41
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The first of Birmingham's reserve guests, Broc Nicol made a similar move round Newcastle's Jacob Bukhave off bend two as Connor Coles held Danny Phillips at the rear in a 4-2, a score repeated in Heat Three as Paco Castagna, initially warned for a jumped start, held Matthew Wethers in second in the re-run while James Shanes won a tremendous battle with Lasse Bjerre taking the scores to 11-7.

Thomas Jorgensen made he perfect start to win Heat Four well over former Diamond Tero Aarnio in a 3-3 before Birmingham put four more points between the sides in a Heat Five maximum, which started as a Newcastle 1-5 before Castagna went round both Max Clegg and Worrall followed by Nicol half a lap later to move the score on to 19-11.

Wright and Shanes took another five in Heat Six, with Wright out in front as Shanes who messed up the first bend had to work hard for his two points, passing Bukhave and then Jorgensen on the back straight of the last lap extending their lead to 12 points.

Aarnio, Bjerre and Wethers went into Heat Seven's first two bends elbow to elbow before the Brummies pulled away for the win in another share of the spoils while Clegg took Heat Eight well from the gate in a 2-4 to the Diamonds as Phillips held Coles to the rear, and half way through the score was 29-19.

Following two more 3-3s, and the pre-interval heat 11, Worrall and Clegg excelled from the gate to lead well with Nicol racing hard on Worrall's tail till he took too wide a line and caught the fence, staying on but the 1-5 was Newcastle's with only four heats to pulled themselves back to within six points, 36-30 and the rain clouds started to gather with a rainbow ominously appearing in the sky.

Castagna made the gate in Heat but pulled a huge wheelie down the back straight losing ground and allowing Bjerre through to take up a solid-looking lead, yet amazingly Nicol whipped past Castagna too and stole the three points on the line, turning a 3-3 into a home 4-2 taking the score to 40-32.

Worrall and Jorgensen lined up against Aarnio and wright at the Heat 13 gate as tensions buzzed, and it was Worrall who made the early lead until Wright passed the Diamonds down the back straight with Jorgensen in third, but Aarnio battled hard and came right up along side with the Diamond only for Jorgensen held it to the end in the 3-3 taking the score to 43-35 meaning Newcastle needed two 1-5s to force a draw.

Castagna jumped the start for the second time on the night in Heat 14, and found himself duly penalised, going off the 15 metre mark in the re-run, in which Wethers roared past Nicol to lead on lap one, but Philips made an error on the second lap, possibly due to a puncture, allowing the handicapped Castagna through for a match-winning point, taking the match beyond Newcastle's reach as the 3-3 moved the score on to 46-38.

Unfortunately Worrall's Heat 15 fall and exclusion meant the Diamonds couldn't get close enough to Birmingham at the end of the night to take a bonus league point.

Team manager George English said: "It was a decent effort from our lads tonight, we were 12 down at one point and hauled ourselves back to within six again, but particularly with Broc Nicol guesting with such great effect for Birmingham gave them a real upper hand at reserve. I believe we would have got one league point, but they freak slip for Stevie in the last heat scuppered that. Such is life."

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Birmingham Brummies 49

1 Charles Wright (guest) 2,3,3,3,2 = 10
2 James Shanes 1*,1,2*,2,0 = 6+2
3 Zach Wajtkecht - Rider replacement
4 Paco Castagna 3,3,1*,1,1*,1* = 10+3
5 Tero Aarnio 2,3,0,0 = 5
6 Broc Nicol (guest) (r) 3,2*,0,2,1,3,2 = 13+1
7 Connor Coles (guest) (r) 1,1*,0,N = 2+1

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 41

1 Steve Worrall (c) 3,1,3,2*,2,Fx = 11+1
2 Max Clegg 0,0,3,3 = 6
3 Lasse Bjerre 0,1*,1*,2 = 4+2
4 Matthew Wethers 2,2,2,3,3 = 12
5 Thomas Jorgensen 3,1,0,1* = 5+1
6 Jacob Bukhave (r) 2,0,0,Ts = 2
7 Danny Phillips (r) 0,0,1,0 = 1
Last Updated: Wed 19 Jun 2019, 22:09 UK
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