BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson has been delighted with the Boars’ performances since moving to the win/lose/draw format in Division One of the Birmingham League.
Following on from their winning draw against Sutton Coldfield in their first win/lose/draw fixture, Bromsgrove picked up a further 16 points after securing another winning draw at Bridgnorth.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bromsgrove got off to the perfect start as opening batsmen Ash Newfield (85) and Jayden Levitt (60) shared a century partnership.
The Boars continued to add on the runs with Lewis Cordes (29) and Tom Green (22) adding a sizeable contribution before Evenson delcared on a competitive score of 247-8 with four overs remaining.
In response, a delay in play due to the rain meant Bridgnorth were given a reduced target for the winning draw and despite opener Ian Gregory (4) dismissed early on, the home side recovered well.
Simon Gregory (73), David Exall (34), James Ralph (24) and Charlie Morris (20) contributed with the bat before Bromsgrove’s spin bowlers turned the game on its head.
Evenson (2-39) and Yogesh Malhotra (4-26) dismissed the top order before another break in play saw Bridgnorth’s winning draw total reduced to 190.
However, after their revised 34 overs, Bridgnorth finished on 182-8.
Evenson said: “We managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Ash and Jayden put on a brilliant partnership and we was relieved to get more than 240 runs on the board.
“It was always going to be tough as the rain affected play and Bridgnorth got off to a good start but we chipped away at the wickets and Yogesh did brilliant with the ball.
“I am more than pleased that we restricted Bridgnorth’s run chase and managed to take a lion’s share of the points.
“In this format last season we were not very good but I am delighted at the start we have made in the win/lose/draw format this campaign.
“If we can keep getting these kind of results we will be where we want to be in the table before we return to our favourite win/lose format.”
Bromsgrove return to St Goldwald’s Park on Saturday where they welcome Barnards Green.
Evenson will be without Alexei Kervezee who is on Worcestershire duty while seamer Nick Husbands makes his return.