Friday March 25, 2016
BIRMINGHAM got their season off to a dream start as they overcame Stoke 57-33 in the National Trophy.

The Surestop Brummies put in a dominant performance, achieving six 5-1 maximums in their season opener.

A bumper crowd turned out to see the new-look reigning Champions in action and team manager Graham Drury was delighted with a 'brilliant all-round night'.

Said Drury: "The performance, the score, the turnout on the terraces, everything about tonight was so good.

"I asked the lads to lay down a marker tonight and they certainly did just that.

"I don't like reading too much into early season performances but to score as we did tonight without our No.1 surely bodes well for the rest of the season.

"It was a real good test for our boys, Stoke pushed us close at times and it was a really good meeting.

"With what's gone on with a few clubs in British Speedway over the past week or so, for us to have a night like we did tonight is really pleasing and long may it continue."

Club captain Tom Perry top scored for the Brummies, ending his night with four straight victories after some earlier bike problems.

Darryl Ritchings secured the Ductair Ltd Rider of the Night after some spectacular battles out front.

Danyon Hume and Tom Bacon had debuts to remember as both secured paid double-figures.

Jack Parkinson-Blackburn highlighted his potential once again after picking up three-paid wins while Jack Smith picked up a win and a paid victory either side of an awkward looking tumble in heat four.

BIRMINGHAM 57: Tom Perry 15+1, Darryl Ritchings 14+1, Danyon Hume 9+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 8+3, Tom Bacon 6+4, Jack Smith 5+1, Zach Wajtknecht R/R.

STOKE 33: Tony Atkin 10, Ben Wilson 10, Danny Phillips 6, Chris Widman 3+1, Shaun Tedham 2+1, Ryan MacDonald 2, Lewis Millar 0.

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