By Jamie Arrowsmith 23/08 Updated: 30/08 17:12
BROMSGROVE CC will head into the Bank Holiday double header in buoyant mood after securing a much needed Birmingham League Division One victory at Coventry and North Warwickshire on Saturday.
Mark Evenson’s men ran out eight-wicket victors to move themselves up to seventh place in the table ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Kenilworth Wardens and Monday’s trip to Ombersley.
Opening bowlers Tom Underhill (3-34) and Noah Samsodian rewarded Evenson’s decision to bowl first as they ripped through Coventry’s top order to leave the hosts in major trouble at 29-6.
Home skipper Rico Du Plessis managed a mini recovery but when he too was cleaned up by Samsodian (4-60) the score slipped to 47-7.
That became 68-9 thanks to wickets from Alexei Kervezee (1-21) and Evenson (2-11) before number ten Stephen French led an amazing fightback.
Supported by last man Michael Cook (18), French hit an unbeaten 55 (59 balls) as the pair put on 75 for the last wicket to take the final total to 143.
The last wicket fell in the 39th over which left Bromsgrove with an awkward 15 overs to bat before tea but Ash Newdick and Adam Gailey settled any nerves with an opening partnership of 49.
Gailey (27) fell just before tea which allowed Kervezee to start quietly on the resumption before a flurry of boundaries saw him to 27 and the score to 93.
He fell caught at third man by Harry Horsley but Newdick (70no) took control of the innings, supported by Jayden Levitt (17no), and saw Bromsgrove home at 144-2 in the 27th over.
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