Friday August 21, 2009
BIRMINGHAM’S northern tour kicked-off with a battling 38-34 defeat at Edinburgh on Friday night.

The meeting was cut short when a heavy downpour intervened before heat 13 could be completed, but the result stands and the Brummies picked up a consolation Premier League point for their troubles.

There was never much to choose between the two teams all evening, but the Monarchs held a 12-6 advantage after three races, before Jason Lyons and Lee Smart reduced the deficit with a 4-2 in heat 4.

Fit-again Tomasz Piszcz and Rusty Harrison repeated the feat in heat 5 for the visitors, but Ryan Fisher and Michal Rajkowski soon restored the home side’s six-point lead with a maximum in heat 6.

Back came Birmingham with a 4-2 in heat 7 and when Harrison and Smart came from behind to secure a 5-1 over Aaron Summers in heat 8, it levelled things up at 24-24.

Lyons and Smart then put the Brummies in front with four-points in heat 9, but parity was soon restored one race later.

Heat 11 was shared, but the 5-1 in heat 12 from the Edinburgh duo of Summers and Byron Bekker proved to be decisive, as it turned out to the final action of the night.

Piszcz and Lyons held the early advantage in heat 13, only for the Pole to suffer a fall and an exclusion after both Birmingham riders had been passed by Fisher on the opening lap. Unfortunately the rain fell before the race could be re-run and the meeting had to be abandoned with three races still left to run.

EDINBURGH 38: Ryan Fisher 9, Aaron Summers 9, Matthew Wethers 6+1, Michal Rajkowski 5+1, Kevin Wolbert 4, Max Dilger 3, Byron Bekker 2+1.

BIRMINGHAM 34: Rusty Harrison (pictured) 8, Lee Smart 6+1, Jason Lyons 6, Tomas Piszcz 4+1, Richard Sweetman 4, Jay Herne 3+1, Ludvig Lindgren 3.

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