PREVIEW: Midland Best Pairs

Wednesfield host the Midland Best Pairs tonight at Ashmore Park, with teams from six of the seven clubs taking part, including recently reformed and rebranded Brandon Bees.

Team 1 – Coventry – Bobby McMillan and Myke Grimes

The Coventry pair have both hit a rich vein of form recently, with McMillan securing the match race trophy at the weekend and Grimes posting a decent score for Sheffield in the Elite League. Both have had solid Midland League campaigns so far.

Team 2 – East Park – Jamie Ball and Dave Ball (with Jamie Whetton at reserve)

Ball and Ball love to mix it up with the best of them and Jamie Whetton is improving all the time. The East Park pairing could certainly upset the apple cart.

Team 3 – Wednesfield Aces 2 – Chris Jewkes and Scott Doherty

Wednesfield Aces have two teams in the draw, the second pairing consists of the experienced Jewkes and Doherty. Both have helped Wednesfield Aces to the top of the Elite League table in the first three rounds of the competition.

Team 4 – Wednesfield Dragons – Tom Haddock and Haydn Rowley (with Carl Parfitt at reserve)

Returning Tom Haddock pairs up with Haydn Rowley for Wednesfield Dragons, with Carl Parfitt at reserve. Tom had a few years away from the sport and Rowley has been continuing his good form in the junior leagues, meanwhile Parfitt has upped his game since last season.

Team 5 – Wednesfield Aces 1 – Paul Heard and Lee Aris (with Brandon Whetton at reserve)

The formidable pairing of Heard and Aris line up for the Aces’ first pairing and need no introduction, both are free scoring riders in all competitions and will be among the favourites tonight.

Team 6 – Birmingham – Chris Timms and Matt Smith

Another tough set of opponents for the rest of the field. Timms is one of the best team riders around and Smith is having his best season to date, high up in the averages in the Elite League and taking the Christine Ellis Memorial crown a few weeks ago.

Team 7 Brandon Bees – Matt Lawrence and Dan Drewett

Coventry riders Matt and Dan pull on the iconic “fighting bee” shirts to represent newly reformed Brandon, after the club’s first outing last week in ML2, winning against Coventry. The Coventry club are supporting Brandon with an aim of getting the club independently ran from the Hearsall Common outfit.

The meeting starts at 7:30pm and will feature 21 heats of top Midland League racing.