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Bromsgrove vow to end season on a high after disappointing Bank Holiday weekend

Craig Gibbons 29th Aug, 2018 Updated: 30th Aug, 2018

SKIPPER Mark Evenson has vowed Bromsgrove will keep on fighting to finish as high as they can after a disappointing Bank Holiday weekend in Birmingham League Division One.

The Boars slumped to fourth-from-bottom in the table with three games remaining after last Saturday’s defeat to Wellington and Monday’s defeat to relegation-battling Leamington.

An unbeaten 39 from Sam Lloyd helped Wellington to reach 167 for nine from 50 overs, after they had slumped to 97-8.

Jack Taylor took 4-20 for Bromsgrove who reached the comfort of 120-3 in response before they collapsed to 139 all out.

Once Ryan Pedley (57) and Ashley Newfield (33) were dismissed, the scores of the Bromsgrove batsmen resembled a set of binary numbers as Zahid Khan took 4-10 to finish them off.

Then on Monday, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, Bromsgrove closed on 182-6 in 50 overs, with a top score of 90 from Ryan Pedley.

Leamington reached their target for the loss of five wickets with more than five overs remaining, with 59 not out from William Mashinge and 47 from Nabeel Asghar.

“Coming up against bottom-of-the-table and the team third-from-bottom, we thought it provided a good opportunity to come away with 40 to points to make our position in the table more comfortable,” said Evenson.

“It was a disappointing weekend in the end for us but we did not help ourselves.

“We dropped some crucial catches in both games and had some umpire decisions go against us.

“We have played eight games in our favoured format and only won one of them so we will want to end the season on a high.

“Yes, we are looking over a shoulder a little but I think the gap is slightly too big between ourselves and the bottom two.

“One win should ensure we consolidate our place in this division.

“We will continue fighting to get three wins from our last three games.”

Bromsgrove travel to Shropshire side Oswestry on Saturday.

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