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Evenson: Bromsgrove need to start playing 'smart cricket'

Craig Gibbons 31st May, 2018 Updated: 31st May, 2018

DISAPPOINTED skipper Mark Evenson has urged Bromsgrove to stop their Birmingham League Division One rot quickly and start playing ‘smart cricket’.

The Boars have won once all season and coincidentally that was the only game of the season so far where Warwickshire’s Aaron Thomason was available for the St Godwald’s Park outfit.

Evenson’s side now sit just ten points above the drop zone after five games following last Saturday’s crushing 78-run defeat to Halesowen.

Bromsgrove entertain Bridgnorth on Saturday knowing they need to start piling on the points if they don’t want to be involved in a relegation battle.

Thomason misses out once again due to Warwickshire duties in Durham but Alistair Hickman will be promoted into the team from the Seconds who have won four out of four in Division One Second XI.

Evenson also confirmed he will be playing after recovering from a broken thumb.

“I’m not concerned by relegation because if we string six or seven wins on the bounce we could be in the top two or dare I say it in first place,” said Evenson.

“Time is on our side and it’s down to us to try and get ourselves out of the lull and dip we are in.

“One of the things that is key is that we need to start performing as a team and not as individuals.

“We need everyone contributing, not just one or two players each game.

“It’s all about playing smart cricket and going back to the fundamental basics of not losing wickets quickly and building partnerships all down the order.

“In this format it is important we don’t lose games and a positive result this weekend would be a losing draw because ten or 11 points can be up for grabs.”

Halesowen were put into bat last Saturday with opener Edward Kilbee crashing 145 off 165 balls to guide the Black Country side to 265-9 from their allotted 55 overs.

In reply Bromsgrove were staring down the barrel at 58-5 but Lewis Cordes (51) and Alec Baker (86) pushed the score along before the Boars were eventually hustled out for 187 in the 47th over.

“We dropped Edward when he was on around 80 which cost us 60 runs,” said Evenson.

“We set ourselves a target of chasing down 200 but those extra runs made a big difference.

“When you’re at 60-5 every week you are not going to win games so we need to find a way to stem the flow.”

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