BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson was left delighted after the Boars put an end to their four-game losing streak in Division One of the Birmingham League with a losing-draw to Shropshire-based Wellington at St Godwald’s Park.
Wellington won the toss and opted to bat but looked in deep trouble with the score at 115-6, however, a strong seventh wicket stand between Bhargav Merai (111) and Tom Masters (57 no) pushed the score to 229-7 before reaching 291-9 in 55 overs.
Ashley Newfield got the pick of the wickets with figures of 4-83 while 15-year-old George Marshall continued his good form since making the step-up to the Boars first team as he took another three wickets for 59 runs.
In their response, Newfield (55) and Ben Tegg (26) put on a strong partnership for Bromsgrove’s first wicket before slumping to 88-3 after Yogesh Malhotra (1) was sent back to the pavilion for an early shower.
However, the experienced heads of Jayden Levitt (61 no) and Matthew Dallaway (43) pushed the score to 160-4 before Ryan Pedley (44 no) offered up good support as the Boars battled their way to 243-4 from 55 overs.
The result saw the Boars pick up ten points for the losing draw but they remain just 27 points above the relegation zone.
Evenson said: “Wellington put up a stiff challenge with a score of 291 but it was a fantastic effort from the lads to get a result – they showed great character.
“Jayden and Ashley were aware of the poor form they have been in over the past few weeks but they showed great application and I’m delighted to see them amongst the runs again.
“We probably could have limited Wellington to about 180 or 190 but fair play to Bhargav and Tom for a good seventh wicket partnership.
“It proved that if you get a good partnership going you soon build up the runs but regardless of that, we will be wanting to carry on our good performance into the next weekend.”
Bromsgrove travel to fourth placed Himley on Saturday and Evenson will be without Levitt, Newfield, Tegg, Dallaway and Tom Green.
However, Worcestershire’s Alexei Kervezee returns while Lewis Cordes, Graeme Whiles, Alistair Hickman and Tom Hill will also be involved.
Evenson added: We’ve got great strength in depth and we’re are very much looking forward to building on the result we got against Wellington.
“I can’t see no reason as to why we can’t cause an upset.”