BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson feels a trio of dropped catches proved to be the difference as the Boars walked away with a losing draw at promotion-chasing Dorridge.
Evenson chose to field after winning the toss and Bromsgrove looked to be in a very strong position after reducing Dorridge to 1-4 thanks to 15-year-old George Marshall (1-20) and Worcestershire’s Alexei Kervezee (3-67).
However, a dropped catch with the score at 30-4 and two more later on in the game proved costly as Barrie Forester-Smith (100) and skipper David Ball (124) turned the match on its head as Dorridge reached 267-6 from their 55 overs.
In response, the Boars got off to a good start with openers Ashley Newfield (61) and Ben Tegg (18) putting on a 50-stand for the first wicket.
Kervzee added 55 runs to the cause as Bromsgrove lost wickets in clusters before Graeme Whiles (23 no) and Ryan Pedley (4 no) showed great determination to withstand the Dorridge attack.
The Boars eventually reached 213-7 from 55 overs and pick up seven points for the losing draw.
Evenson said: “It was one of the games which left us frustrated as we got off to a freakish start but dropped a catch with the score at 30 and then dropped two more later on.
“Those catches proved costly for us as two of their batsmen went on to reach centuries.
“If we had reduced them for 30-5 it would have been a totally different story and could have been chasing a score of about 160 or 170.
“We rued the missed chances and never got into good positions with the bat as we failed to build partnerships which left us disappointed with the result.”
Bromsgrove, who remain third-from-bottom, return to their favoured win/lose format of cricket on Saturday against basement club Sutton Coldfield.
Evenson will be without young bowler Marshall (holiday) who will be replaced by the experienced Nick Husbands.
“It’s a really big game for us as we’re in the quagmire of the bottom four or five sides trying to avoid relegation,” Evenson added.
“Every victory over the next six weeks is crucial and we have a good opportunity to pick up points against a side who is bottom of the league.
“We haven’t lost in our last three games and it’s given us some momentum which will hopefully bode well for us against a side which will be lacking confidence.”