BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson is hopeful of ending the final two games of the win/lose/draw format with positive results as the Boars bid to challenge for the Birmingham League Division One title.
Fourth-placed Bromsgrove make the trip to Walmley on Saturday before entertaining fellow promotion hopefuls Himley at St Godwald’s Park the following weekend.
With just 25 points separating the top six sides with eight games remaining, Evenson is urging his players to end the 55-over format in style.
“Walmley will be tough as they have recruited well after being relegated and have some good youngsters in their ranks,” he said.
“Historically we are not good at the win/lose/draw format but this year we have done really well.
“I would gladly take a losing draw and a winning draw in our final two games of that format but if we get two wins then that is even better.
“If we can maintain a top six place going into our favourite win/lose format, we have put ourselves in a great position to challenge for the title.”
Bromsgrove go into their clash at Walmley on the back of a three-wicket victory over Shifnal at St Godwald’s Park on Saturday.
Star man Gareth Williams took 4-39 and Alexei Kervezee 3-12 as the Shropshire visitors were restricted to 135 all out.
Evenson also picked up a brace whilst conceding just 13 runs from his seven-over spell.
In reply, Bromsgrove’s Jayden Levitt was in imperious form as he smashed 71 from 43 deliveries.
However, a middle order wobble followed which saw Bromsgrove capitulate from 104-5 to 110-8.
But Jack Taylor (19), Evenson (8 no) and Alex Wilkinson (13 no) steadied the ship to secure victory in just 25 overs.
“I won the toss and put Shifnal into bat as I wanted to put them under pressure,” Evenson said.
“Gareth just set the tone with the new ball and had great support from myself and Alexei.
“Jayden was fantastic but in typical Bromsgrove fashion we just collapsed.
“Luckily we managed to get over the line for what was a crucial 20 points.”
Evenson (family commitments) is away for the trip to Walmley which means Ash Newfield will captain the Boars this weekend.
Batsman Tom Hill also returns to the fold.