Midlands made it through to the semi final of the Van den Eynde Supercup for the first time after an incredibly tight tie at Barston Lakes, Solihull.

Drawn against Solihull Angling for the second successive year, there was a tie at the end of the five hour match at  with five section wins each.

The match then went to a weight count-back and with the pounds added up first both had 278lb. So it was all down to ounces and this year had 18oz more than their rivals. Top angler on the day was Andy Toplis ( who took 64lb of Method caught carp and skimmers to the scales. Dave Pritchard was runner up with 52lb and Solihull captain Ian Keywood 3rd with 39lb. Most weights came to the Method, as the pole line was unusually flat calm and therefore slow.

Delighted: Skipper Nigel Harrhy

“After losing to Solihull on a weight count-back last year, this victory was sweet,” said team skipper Nigel Harrhy. “We have a strong squad of around 16 anglers and the difficulty now will be to get it down to the six needed for the semi final, but it’s great to the through for the first time.”