BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson has urged his players to keep up their good form following their impressive five-wicket victory over high-flying Himley.
With several key players missing, the Boars proved they had strength in depth as they picked up their first Birmingham League Division One win in a month at St Godwald’s Park to move 41 points clear of the drop zone.
Evenson won the toss and was left mesmerised by the superb bowling of Alex Wilkinson who claimed a season’s best of 6-36 to bowl Himley out for 135 in the 39th over.
The returning Graeme Whiles (3-18) also chipped in with a handful of wickets for the Boars who needed just 35 overs to secure a vital victory.
Alexie Kervezee (26) and Lewis Cordes (31) got Bromsgrove off to a good start before Alistair Hickman (33 no), Yogesh Malhotra (13) and Tom Hill (17) ticked off the runs required to give the Boars a much-needed 20 points.
Evenson said: “We had several A-list players missing against Himley so to come away with a fantastic victory showed how much strength in depth we have at Bromsgrove.
“To bowl Himley out for 135 was a real good effort from the players. Alex did the job with the ball but all the seamers did their job and it showed what can be done if you put the ball in the right areas and put batsmen under pressure – this is something we’ve been lacking over the last few games.
“It was a fantastic team performance and a much-needed win.”
Bromsgrove will hope to make it back-to-back league wins tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on promotion hunting Dorridge.
Evenson is boosted by the returns of Ashley Newfield, Jayden Levitt and Ben Tegg while bowlers Graeme Whiles and 15-year-old George Marshall maintain their first team spot.
“We’ve got some experienced heads coming back into the squad this weekend against high-flying Dorridge but we know what we are capable of doing,” Evenson added.
“We can beat anybody on our day but over the last few weeks we have under-achieved
“However, the lads are buoyant from the victory over Himley and we go to Dorridge full of confidence so hopefully we can claim another victory to push us up the table.”