BIRMINGHAM 44 WOLVES 46

Thursday March 17, 2011
WOLVERHAMPTON are hot favourites to win the BBC WM Trophy after a perfectly timed 46-44 first leg win at Birmingham on Thursday.

Peter Adams' men were behind for the majority of the meeting but a last race 5-1 from Freddie Lindgren and Peter Karlsson secured the win.

It was an encouraging display from many of the Parrys International Wolves with a strong spearhead and handy contributions from reserve enough to see them to victory in front of a bumper Perry Barr crowd.

Birmingham took an eight-point lead into the final five races despite only having provided two of the heat-winners at that stage.

Ex-Brummie Ludvig Lindgren wound himself up to go inside both Daniel Nermark and Claus Vissing for a 5-1 with his elder brother in Heat 11 which halved the gap – and debutant Tyson Burmeister held off a late challenge from Wright for his first two points at this level in the next.

Karlsson was finally beaten by Krzysztof Kasprzak in Heat 13, the home skipper splitting him from colleague Lindgren, but the gap closed to two points in the re-run of Heat 14 after Claus Vissing’s crash with Woffinden taking his third straight win.

Lindgren always looked the likely winner of Heat 15, but Karlsson conjured a rocket start from the outside too, which left Kasprzak and Barker chasing and unable to find any way through.

The second leg is at Monmore Green next Monday, March 21 (7.30).

BIRMINGHAM: Ben Barker 9+1, Krzysztof Kasprzak 7+2, Ales Dryml 7+2, Daniel King 7+2, James Wright 6+2, Claus Vissing 5, Daniel Nermark 3+1.

WOLVERHAMPTON: Fredrik Lindgren 15, Peter Karlsson 12+1, Tai Woffinden 10, Ricky Wells 5, Ludvig Lindgren 2+1, Tyson Burmeister 2, Ty Proctor 0.


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