Sunday May 31, 2009
SKIPPER Jason Lyons picked himself up from a Heat 15 crash to salvage a point from the Brummies' Northern tour at Newcastle.

Just as at Workington on Saturday the Perry Barr side, patched-up due to World Under-21 call-ups, found themselves facing a significant deficit, but on this occasion they got reward for their comeback.

Lyons and Tomasz Piszcz were the mainstays of the side for the majority of the meeting, Lyons winning his first two rides and Piszcz his first four.

Newcastle had the better all-round scoring with reserve Adam McKinna putting in a remarkable performance in his first meeting as a replacement for out-of-form Casper Wortmann.

Lyons' winning run came to an end in Heat 11 when he was disqualified for bringing down team-mate Mark Burrows, and McKinna and Kenni Larsen raced clear in the re-run to put the Diamonds 12-points to the good.

Brummies, however, clawed five points back in Heat 13 with Piszcz winning a tactical ride and Lyons taking third place after Carl Wilkinson had been disqualified.

And they were dreaming of an almost impossible fightback when Burrows and Robert Ksiezak stunned McKinna and Derek Sneddon in Heat 14 to bring the scores back to 45-42.

That left Lyons and Piszcz needing a last-race 5-1 to snatch a dramatic win, but it all went wrong when the previously unbeaten Piszcz was disqualified for bringing his team-mate down.

With Lyons requiring treatment, Brummies could easily have conceded a 5-1 which would have left them with no points from the meeting - but the Australian put in a true captain's innings in the re-run to see off Larsen and Jason King to finish a frustrating weekend at least with a point.

NEWCASTLE: Jason King 11+1, Trent Leverington 9+1, Kenni Larsen 9, Adam McKinna 8+1, Derek Sneddon 5+3, Carl Wilkinson 3+1, Craig Branney 3+1.

BIRMINGHAM: Tomasz Piszcz 15, Jason Lyons 10, Mark Burrows 7, Robert Ksiezak 6+3, Manuel Hauzinger 6, James Cockle 1+1, Ludvig Lindgren R/R.

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