King’s Lynn Stars 53 Somerset Rebels 37: Troy Batchelor leads the way as Stars shine in season opener
PUBLISHED: 22:37 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 00:20 06 April 2017
King’s Lynn welcomed in a new era for the club by brushing aside Premiership newcomers Somerset 53-37 at the Adrian Flux Arena.
There was plenty of focus on former world champion Chris Holder on his Stars debut, but this was a solid all-round performance from Dale Allitt’s men.
And whilst there will be tougher tests to come, you cannot ignore the impressive skills of the revamped King’s Lynn side.
Stars were handed the perfect start when Aussie ace Rohan Tungate fell in the opening heat and Holder teamed up with Lewis Rose for a maximum.
In front of a bumper crowd, Lynn went on to dominate the meeting with Troy Batchelor – who spent last season fighting his way back from shoulder surgery – laying a marker down with a string of race wins.
Batchelor was at his brilliant best and romped to a 13-point haul to delight of the Stars fans, who returned in big numbers after a frustrating 2016.
Stars co-promoter Rob Lyon said: “It was a really pleasing night in so many ways. The team were solid, which is good to see, it was always important to kick the season off in a positive way and the boys have done that.
“I’d also like to thank the fans, we had a very healthy opening crowd and we hope they continue to support us for the rest of the season. A pleasing night.”
King’s Lynn continue their Premiership programme at home to Rye House on Good Friday – but the Young Stars face reigning champions Birmingham in a National League clash at home next Wednesday.
Holder, the 2012 world champion, is excited ahead of what he hopes will be a successful season after his switch from Poole.
“I’ve got a bit of a fresh start with King’s Lynn this year, and it seems to have been a long winter so I’m just excited to get back riding my bike,” Holder said. “You always go in with high expectations to do well, and you want to be running up the front.”
King’s Lynn Stars 53: Troy Batchelor 13+1, Robert Lambert 10, Lewis Rose 9+2, Chris Holder 7, Kai Huckenbeck 6+1, Nicklas Porsing 5+1, Josh Bailey 3.
Somerset Rebels 37: Patrick Hougaard 12+1, Charles Wright 9, Paul Starke 7, Jake Allen 6, Jan Graversen 2+1, Rohan Tungate 1, Josh Grajczonek 0.