Wednesday May 13, 2009
LOCAL rivals Birmingham and Stoke fought out an entertaining 45-45 draw at Perry Barr in the final Premier Trophy action of the season on Wednesday night.

The League campaign gets underway next week and a centre-green address from Brummies owner Tony Mole confirmed that team changes are set to be in place for the clash with Redcar.

In the meantime, the current line-up put in a battling display and came agonisingly close to a win, before skipper Jason Lyons fell on the third bend of Heat 15.

With Tomasz Piszcz all set to lower the colours of Potters star Jason Bunyan, Lyons' third place would have given the Brummies a 46-44 win, but he came to grief going into the bend and Piszcz was left to wrap up the draw.

The meeting got off to a spectacular start with Stoke riders Tom P Madsen and Lee Complin colliding on the first bend, which led to a delay for fence repairs.

The Brummies' current weakness at reserve was evident once more as Klaus Jakobsen and Jesper Kristiansen cleaned up Heat 2 to give their side the lead, and Jakobsen was a thorn in the Brummies' side all night.

Ludvig Lindgren and Robert Ksiezak combined for a 5-1 in Heat 5 which reversed the deficit, but Stoke levelled when Lyons tumbled in the next race - and it was a close contest thereafter with little to choose between the sides.

Lyons picked himself to partner Piszcz to a fine 5-1 in Heat 13 which looked like it might be enough for a win, but Bunyan raced clear of Lindgren in Heat 14 with Kristiansen third to level the scores for the final time.
BIRMINGHAM 45: Tomasz Piszcz 14, Robert Ksiezak 8+2, Ludvig Lindgren 8+1, Richard Sweetman 7, Jason Lyons 5+2, Daniel Halsey 2, Ben Taylor 1.
STOKE 45: Jason Bunyan 14, Klaus Jakobsen 12+3, Lee Complin 7, Jesper Kristiansen 5, Glen Phillips 4, Tom P Madsen 3+1, Phil Morris r/r.

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