Wednesday September 19, 2007
BIRMINGHAM skipper Jason Lyons led an impressive Brummies performance, which saw them run-out 56-37 winners in Wednesday night’s Midland Shield clash against Stoke at Perry Barr.

The Aussie, who scored 14, dropped just one point to a visiting rider, with recent new signing Phil Morris 11 (paid 13) and reserves Lee Smart 12 (paid 16) and Ben Powell 10 (paid 11) also having a very profitable night.

Only a very impressive showing from Lee Complin 16 (paid 17) stopped this from being a massive win for the Brummies, who despite going 5-1 behind in the opening race, eventually ended-up more than comfortable winners.

Unfortunately, Birmingham did lose the services of guest Paul Hurry in that first heat, with hand and rib injuries resulting in him withdrawing from the remainder of the meeting.

After the opening race set-back the Brummies soon drew level with a 5-1 in heat 2, which was quickly followed by two more five-pointers putting the home side into a 16-8 lead. The Potters did briefly reply with a couple of 4-2s, but a series of further 5-1s stretched the Birmingham advantage to 39-21 lead after heat 10.

Complin’s tactical ride six-pointer did momentarily halt the Brummies onslaught in heat 11, but Birmingham quickly picked it up again in the closing stages to give themselves a 19-point advantage to take into Saturday’s second leg at Loomer Road.

BIRMINGHAM: Jason Lyons 14, Lee Smart 12+4, Phil Morris 11+2, Ben Powell 10+1, Manuel Hauzinger 9+1, Paul Hurry 0, Henrik Moller R/R
STOKE: Lee Complin 16+1, Claus Vissing 7, Ben Barker 5+1, Barrie Evans 4, Glenn Cunningham 3, Jamie SMith 1, Rusty Harrison 1

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