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Back to basics for Bromsgrove, says sidelined skipper Evenson

Craig Gibbons 24th May, 2018 Updated: 24th May, 2018

INJURED captain Mark Evenson believes Bromsgrove will have to go back to basics if they want to get back to winning ways in Birmingham League Division One.

The Boars sit third-from-bottom with just one win to their name at this stage of the campaign, with Evenson stating early season rustiness should have worn off by now.

Forced to watch on due to a broken thumb, the already frustrated Bromsgrove skipper is targeting better fortunes ahead of the first of the win/lose/draw format games on Saturday when his side make the trip to Halesowen.

The game is going to have some extra spice to it after former Alexei Kervezee made the switch to the Black County side after an 11-year stint at St Godwald’s Park.

“It’s important we get a positive result,” said Evenson.

“With it being the win/lose/draw format at worst we must be coming away with a losing draw as you can still get a good share of the points.

“We spoke about going back to basics and making sure when we are batting that we are rotating the strike as much as possible to build partnerships.

“But if we are bowling first it is all about putting the pressure on take wickets quickly so we are chasing as low a total as possible.

“With Alexei playing for Halesowen there’s going to be some extra spice so it should be a good game.”

Bromsgrove were out of the game against Himley before they even started with only youngster Jack Taylor offering a shimmering of positive light with an impressive unbeaten 90 from 107 balls.

After crashing to 60-7, Taylor’s fine innings pushed the Boars to 187 all out in the 49th over.

Adam Finch (4-42) got the lion’s share of the wickets for Himley who raced to 188-2 with opener Oliver Westbury top scoring with 81 not out.

“When you are at 60-7 there is no chance you are going to be winning but to get from that to 187 took a monumental effort,” said Evenson.

“Jack scored a personal best and showed the rest of the guys how to bat.

“If someone in the top six had managed to stick around like Jack did we may have been looking at a total above 230.

“Himley came out full of aggression and made it look like a thrashing as they had just over 17 overs to spare.”

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