By Jamie Arrowsmith 03/05 Updated: 10/05 17:14
BROMSGROVE CC managed to steal a march on their Birmingham League Division One rivals on Saturday when winning by 42 runs at Moseley.
It was the only game of the day to take place in the entire division due to the poor weather conditions so Mark Evenson’s men sit 19 points clear of all of their rivals after just one week of the season.
Captain Mark Evenson praised the contribution of all his players and said he hopes they are given the opportunity to build on their success tomorrow.
“It was a fine effort from all of the lads with everybody playing a part with either bat or ball or in the field.
“I’d have laughed at you on Friday if you told me we would get a game in but to play and win was a nice bonus, especially given everybody else was washed out.
“The forecast is not great again for the weekend but hopefully we’ll get the chance to build on the victory when we entertain Smethwick, who like Moseley, were relegated from the Premier Division last season.”
Adam Gailey (10) was the first man to fall after Bromsgrove had been put in, bringing new signing from Evesham George Rhodes to the middle.
Together with Ash Newdick they took the score to 48 and saw off the new ball before Rhodes (5) was caught behind off Fred Eburah (2-52).
Jayden Levitt joined Newdick in the middle and the pair began to dominate the home bowling, putting on 72 before Newdick was stumped for an excellent 74 (99 balls, seven fours, two sixes).
Another debutant Joel Tratt added a quickfire 31 off 30 balls whilst Levitt also began to hit out on his way to 52.
Tom Green gave the innings some extra late impetus with 29no off 15 balls as Bromsgrove closed on 219-5 from their 45 overs.
An excellent opening spell from Mikey Wyres (1-26) was rewarded when he had Abdul Hafeez caught by Tom Hill for 17 to make it 43-1 as Moseley replied.
That brought Warwickshire’s Laurie Evans to the middle and he quickly began to dominate proceedings.
Together with Simon Chase he took the total to 85 before the latter was lbw to Evenson (3-61) for 43.
Moseley then lost wickets at regular intervals but whilst Evans was still there Bromsgrove did well to stay in the game. Evenson and James Ganderton (3-43) stuck to their task well but had no answer to the shots played by Evans.
The Warwickshire man eventually fell for 90 (66 balls, nine fours, four sixes) when hitting a wide full toss to Rhodes at cover.
With wickets having fell at regular intervals at the other end, Evans’ departure signalled the end of Moseley’s challenge and victory was sealed when Evenson trapped Eburah lbw to dismiss the hosts for 177.
“Ash (Newdick) has been in good form in pre-season and it was good to see him carry that into the opening fixture,” Evenson said.
“We aimed for about 160-170 so to get to 220 was a fine effort and even though we know they have a strong batting unit we were pretty confident with that total on the board.
“Evans played a fine innings for them but ended up giving his wicket away really to the worst ball of the day. If he had batted another four or five overs they may well have got home.”
Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, Evenson believes his squad are well placed to push for promotion to the Premier Division.
“We’ve made a great start and we are gunning for promotion this year,” he said.
“The squad looks strong, we’ve made some good additions and hopefully we get can get some momentum going and some early wins on the board.”
BARNT Green’s opening Premier Division at home against Kidderminster was washed out without a ball being bowled, as was Ombersley’s Division One trip to Old Hill.
Barnt Green will try again tomorrow with a trip to Walsall whilst Ombersley visit Old Hill.
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