BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson has called on his side to get the basics right when they take on Birmingham League Division One leaders Smethwick this weekend.
After their harrowing 183-run home defeat to Barnards Green, the Boars bounced back to winning ways on Saturday as they claimed all 24 points at Moseley with a 63-run victory.
Bromsgrove were boosted by the return of Worcestershire’s Alexei Kervezee (42) who proved to be the backbone of the Boars’ scoring with Yagesh Malholtra (39) and Lewis Cordes (42) also doing well with the bat.
Malholtra and Kervezee’s partnership proved key as they recovered from 15-2 to take the score past 100 before Cordes nurtured the tail to what proved to be a competitive score of 192 all out on a rain affected afternoon.
Moseley made a solid start in their response, reaching 42 for the first wicket but regular strikes from Alex Wilkinson (3-31), Evenson (3-16) and Ashley Newfield (3-25) left the home team wanting as the spinners dominated the home side’s batting line up who were bowled all out for 129 in the 40th over.
Evenson said: “I am delighted with the guys and the way they managed to claim all 24 points.
“The game at Moseley was a chance to show some character as we did everything wrong in the defeat at home to Barnards Green.
“At 15-2 it was going through my mind that it was going to be another one of those days as we keep falling into the trap of losing wickets in clusters.
“We had three run outs too which is a very cheap way to lose wickets but Alexei and Lewis steadied the ship and the rest of the guys chipped in well.
“And then to bowl out Moseley inside 40 overs was a very good effort and the win has put daylight between us and the bottom two and moved us closer to where we want to be at the end of the season.”
Ahead of Saturday’s huge clash at Smethwick, who have former Warwickshire players Mo Sheikh and Naqaash Tahir in their ranks, Evenson will have Kervezee available and welcomes back Tom Hill and Tom Green.
“If we get the basics right we can get a positive result and build some winning momentum before we move to our preferred win/lose format,” Evenson added.
“Every game is a tough game and Smethwick have some quality ex-pros in Sheikh and Tahir but they can be a hit and miss side.”