25th Mar, 2019

Bromsgrove skipper targets positive result in final win/lose/draw fixture

SKIPPER Mark Evenson has targeted at the very least a winning draw when Bromsgrove take on Himley in the final win/lose/draw fixture of the Birmingham League Division One season.

The Boars welcome fourth-from-bottom Himley on Saturday knowing a positive result will keep them in the hunt for promotion with six win/lose games remaining.

Bromsgrove will be boosted by the returns of Evenson, Gareth Williams and Warwickshire’s Aaron Thomason for the clash.

“I think for the first time in a while we will have the squad of 11 we’d like to put out every week,” said Evenson.

“Promotion is still very much within our grasps so it is down to us to play some good cricket.

“We want to head into our favoured win/lose format with some momentum so we need to come away with at least a winning draw.

“On paper Himley are a very decent side as they have some experienced cricketers among their ranks so by no means will it be easy for us.

“Once again we just need to stop losing wickets in clusters because there has only been one occasion where we have been at about 100-1.

“Most weeks we are at 10-2 and it needs to stop, especially when we move into the win/lose format.”

Bromsgrove were hampered by the rain on Saturday in their clash with second-placed Shifnal.

The Boars opted to bat after winning the toss but slumped to 82-6.

However, Deon Patel (79) stepped in to steady the ship and alongside Tom Hill (22 not out) the pair pushed the visitors to 161-7 before the rain came tumbling down and brought an abrupt halt to proceedings.

The gap between the two sides remains at 20 points after Bromsgrove and Shifnal picked up eight points each.

“Unfortunately losing wickets in clusters has been the story of our season,” said Evenson.

“Deon led the recovery and I think the game was hanging in the balance because the conditions were not the best.

“It could have been a score of 220 or 170 all out on a very spicy wicket but once the rain came there was no chance of getting back out there.

“On a positive note the abandonment came against a side in the top two and not the bottom two because those are games where there is the potential to claim maximum points.”

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