25th Mar, 2019

Bromsgrove need to show more patience with the bat, warns Evenson

Craig Gibbons 28th Jun, 2018

SKIPPER Mark Evenson has called on Bromsgrove to show more patience with the bat ahead of their clash with Birmingham League Division One leaders Kidderminster this weekend.

The Boars’ three-game winning run was brought to an end last Saturday as they fell to a five-wicket defeat to Barnards Green.

Bromsgrove posted a below-par 208-9 from their allotted 55 overs after recovering from 98-5 with the help of wicket-keeper Tom Hill (44).

Green openers Adam Wiffen (54) and Ryan Tongue (58) got the reply off to a flying start, putting on 105 for the first wicket, before the visitors eased to 209-5 inside 42 overs.

With the defeat dropping Bromsgrove back down to sixth in the table, Evenson has called on his top order to show some resolve with the bat in Saturday’s clash at Kidderminster.

“We were aiming for around 260 so we were well short in terms of posting a competitive score,” he said.

“Every time we looked like we were making headway we lost wickets which did not help.

“Barnards Green are one of our bogey sides as I think we have not beaten them home or away in the last five seasons.

“It’s important we earn the right to win a game of cricket and with Kidderminster having a flat wicket, if we bat first we need to be scoring around 280 or 290.

“If we are chasing that total, it’s vital we show some patience with the bat as we seem to be rushing to add runs to the scoreboard.

“We just need to show more resolve so we have a platform to build from.”

Ashley Newfield remains sidelined for the Kidderminster clash but Warwickshire’s Aaron Thomason returns to boost Bromsgrove’s batting line-up.

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