BROMSGROVE will hope for a response at home to Tamworth on Saturday (12pm), after falling to a second successive defeat of the season away to Himley last weekend in Birmingham & District Premier Division Two.
In a match initially reduced to 42 overs, the Boars went into bat having won the toss and struck a total of 187-5.
However, with weather worsening, that total was reduced to 137 from 25 overs for the hosts Himley to chase, which they managed to surpass in the 21st over after only losing one wicket.
Aqab Ahmed took a couple of Bromsgrove wickets for 41 runs, but it was not necessarily a bad batting display put on by the Boars.
Opener Jayden Levitt was lost (17) at 19-1, but opposite opening batsman Mike Hingley managed to form a successful partnership with number three Ashley Newfield, hitting 55 runs prior to Hingley’s dismissal (75-2).
Newfield then struck up an 82-run partnership with number four Alex Milton before being caught by Daniel Durman, with Milton facing a similar fate when sending the ball into the hands of Sam Flavell.
Ryan Pedley went for a single run from two balls faced, with Deon Patel and Mohammed Aqeeb securing the final runs of their 42 over session.
Himley were full of enthusiasm to build up a strong foundation of early runs, and amassed 45 prior to the first wicket falling, with Greg Wright (15) the first and only batsman to go during the innings – after being bowled by Newfield.
From there, fellow opener Oliver Westbury (72), and Callum Lea (38) – who hit four against the boundary and a six, were unbeaten as they safely took their side to victory.
Meanwhile, in Worcestershire League Division Two, Bromsgrove’s second XI had better success when hosting Himley’s second side, winning by four wickets.
After dismissing Himley for 145 all out in the 47th wicket, the Boars promptly hit 147 for six after just 28 overs, with opener Alistair Hickman hitting a top-scoring 70 runs before his dismissal for the fourth wicket at 125-4.
Freddie Fallows took three wickets in the opening innings for his side from 42 runs, whilst Tom Russell, Mark Meacham and Ben Johnson took two wickets each.
Bromsgrove’s third XI also recorded a victory, beating Five Ways Old Edwardians by 137 runs on their travels.
The Boars set a huge 238-6 total from their 50 overs, with Matthew Russell hitting a stunning 114 and Sam Johnson accumulating 53 runs as the top two batsman, whilst Chris Burford took 5-26 to set his side en route to the win.