Midlands Top stories and matches
There was plenty of interest in this event as anglers tried to get to grips with the venue before the league started – and it was an incredibly tight finish. Edging the verdict in the end was Steve Welford, who took 9-2-0 on chopped worm from the first peg at Orton downstream. Just 1oz behind was Josh Pace, who included a 6lb 2oz tench in his 9-1-0 bag.
Result: 1 S Welford, Browning Hotrods, 9-2-0; 2 J Pace, Sensas MK1, 9-1-0; 3 J Drakulic, Image Matrix, 8-4-0; 4 S Colclough, Browning, 8-0-0; 5 R Young, Browning, 7-15-0.