BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson has urged his opening batsmen to hit the ground running this weekend following their seven-wicket defeat to Birmingham League Division One high-fliers Smethwick.
After losing the toss and put into bat, Evenson’s side failed to conjure up a decent score on a difficult wicket as they were bowled out for 154 in the 42nd over with Worcestershire’s Alexei Kervezee (72) providing the bulk of the runs.
Ashley Newfield (21), Graeme Whiles (23 no) and Lewis Cordes (13) were the only other Boars players to reach double figures on a disappointing afternoon at Broomfield with Sukhjit Singh (4-31) getting the lion’s share of the wickets.
In response, Indian Premier League batsman Amitoze Singh proved to be the difference between the two sides as his quick-fire unbeaten 88 off 57 balls guided the home side to a score of 156-3 after 36 overs.
Evenson said: “It was just one those days where we lost the toss and was put into bat on a very difficult wicket which seemed very dry and broken up.
“Alexei showed some class with the bat once again but we’ve got a few guys in the opening order who are not firing at the moment.
“All season we have tried to build partnerships but we seem to be six or seven wickets down before drinks which is usually after 28 overs and you can’t win from that kind of position.
“We’re putting a lot of pressure on our lower order to score runs so the lads have been working extra hard in training to build up some form and hopefully the likes of Ashley Newfield, Jayden Levitt and Ben Tegg can get a decent score this weekend.
“Despite our defeat, we have to give Smethwick some credit too and IPL batsman Singh was on form so it was always going to be tough.”
Bromsgrove will be looking to return to winning ways tomorrow when they welcome fourth placed Brockhampton to St Goldwald’s Park.
Evenson will be without Kervezee, who is on Worcestershire duty, and experienced bowler Nick Husbands but Tom Green returns while William Tuffin will be called up from the Seconds.
“Every game is a tough game and after the harrowing home defeat to Barnards Green not too long ago, we want to bounce back,” Evenson added.
“If we can post a score of 240 or more to claim maximum batting points that will be ideal. We love playing at home and we know the conditions so we’ll be hoping for a much more positive result.”