Hanley 1951

Sheffield v Hanley Kemsley Shield (Midlands) 26th April, 1951
Ref: C.Clegg 0102030405 0607080910 11121314Tot+Bp
1. Jack Winstanley 0 0 - 1 1
2. Tommy Allott 3 3 3 3 12
3. Charlie New 3 3 3 3 12
4. Johnnie Green 0 - - - 0
5. Les Howe 0 0 0 0 0
6. Guy Allott 3 3 3 0 9
7. Peter Orpwood 3 2' 1 1 7+1
8. Bill Dalton 0 2' 2 3 7+1
Eric Langton 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 3 4 4 2 4 3
Sheffield 3 6 9 12 15 18 23 28 31 35 39 41 45 48
Hanley 3 6 9 12 15 18 19 20 23 25 27 31 33 36
'Tiger' Stevenson 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 3 2 2 4 2 3
1. Les Jenkins 2 2 2 3 9
2. John Fitzpatrick 1' 1' 1' 1' 4+4
3. Ken Adams 2 1' 1 2 6+1
4. Brian Pritchett 1' 2 2 0 5+1
5. Gil Blake 1' 1 0 2 4+1
6. Lindsay Mitchell 2 0 2 2 6
7. Ray Harris 1' 1 2+1
8. Bill Bridgett 0 0 0
Track record: 68.6
L. Williams, 23 March '51
0102030405 0607080910 11121314
75.074.275.275.074.4 75.076.676.075.476.0 76.076.276.2 75.2

The visitors kept the scores level for the first six heats before suffering a collapse losing four of the next five races. Les Jenkins and Ray Harris pulled back two points with their only heat advantage in heat 12, indeed that was the only race won by a Stoke rider all night. Jack Winstanley, Johnnie Green and Les Howe picked up just one point between them, but the Tigers (utilising their own assets to cover for the injured Len Williams) had a top three who won 11 races between them, and even their reserves claimed a heat win each.

The win atoned for the home loss at the hands of the Cradley Heathens one week previously and hopes were high that Len Williams would be recovered sufficiently to ride against Arthur Forrest and the Halifax Dukes next week.

Two second half exhibition races were both won by Douglas mounted Eric Langton ahead of Frank Varey on his beloved Scott.

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