13th Nov, 2019

Evenson hopes Bromsgrove can push on after Bridgnorth victory

SKIPPER Mark Evenson hopes Bromsgrove’s victory over Bridgnorth last weekend can act as a springboard to a run of good form in Birmingham League Division One.

The Boars had won just one game prior to Saturday’s clash against the Shropshire side at St Godwald’s Park.

Evenson made the brave decision to bat first and it paid dividends as Bromsgrove claimed a a 20-run success to put a bit of breathing space between themselves and the bottom two.

Bromsgrove had been bowled out for 125 with Ashley Newfield top scoring with a patient 42 off 114 balls.

Ryan Pedley (27), Jack Taylor (24) and Tom Hill (14) were the other players to reach double figures while Sam Whitney (5-29) and Sam Baugh (3-18) did the damage with the ball.

In reply Bridgnorth never really threatened as they crashed to 65-8 before eventually being bowled out for 105 after some late resistance from Mark Macpherson-Lees (26).

Gareth Williams (4-40) shined with the ball while Evenson, who played his first game after recovering from a broken thumb, took 2-9 from his 7.4 overs.

“I was glad to be back to help steer the lads to victory because I had missed them and the banter,” he said.

“We had pencilled in around 160 to 170 runs with the bat as it was not the greatest of wickets and in the end I was relatively happy with scoring 125.

“We bowled very well and every time the attack changed a wicket seemed to go which put us in good stead, despite a late burst from their final pairing.

“It was a well deserved 24-point victory and hopefully this starts some momentum for the rest of the season.”

Bromsgrove make the trip to Shropshire side Wellington on Saturday.

Wellington currently sit rock bottom of the table after six games but Evenson knows all too well they cannot be taken lightly after they claimed their first win of the season at the weekend, beating Himley by seven wickets.

Aaron Thomason misses out through injury but Alec Baker is expected to return to boost the Bromsgrove batting line up.

“Our next three to four games are crucial because they are matches where I feel we should be getting victories,” said Evenson.

“We know there are no easy games in the division and as we always say, we have to earn the right to win a game of cricket.

“The run of games coming up present us with an opportunity to put points on the board and push us up to the top end of the table.”

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