BROMSGROVE captain Mark Evenson said his players must ‘earn the right’ to end their miserable run of form in Division One of the Birmingham League.
The Boars’ seven-wicket defeat to Barnards Green last Saturday extended their winless streak to five games and has seen them slip to ninth in the table.
Evenson told The Standard there was a ‘sombre’ mood in the camp ahead of their clash away to Moseley tomorrow (Saturday).
But he has urged his players to pick themselves up and ‘push the accelerator down’ when they get the opportunity to put together a big score.
“We got into a great position on Saturday — the openers, Ash (Newfield) and Jayden (Levitt), worked really hard and Ryan Pedley got a good 70-odd, so the top order worked really hard to get us into a good position,” said Evenson.
“But we let the game drift along and we were not proactive enough.
“The difference is that the teams against us are getting good hundreds and we are getting good 40s and 70s, so it is just a case of somebody doing a little bit more to see it through rather than getting out a crucial times.
“We were quite fortunate the teams around us also lost last Saturday so our league position has not changed too much — we are still eighth or ninth.
“But we are running out of games a little bit, so it would be nice to get a positive result — whether that’s a winning draw or even better, a win — against Moseley. They will be tough as they are likely to have some Warwickshire players available, but we know we will have to earn the right to win the game.”
Evenson has revealed he will be unavailable for the encounter at Moseley and will be replaced by youngster Will Tuffin.
But the club captain said he was confident the side, who are expected to be led by Levitt, would be able pick up their first win since late May.
“After a very good start to the season, it has been a disappointing five or six weeks,” he said. “But it is still in our hands and I am sure we can pick ourselves up.
“If we can get a good result, we can maybe jump up two or three spots in the table.
“We have always told the lads to express themselves, so we just need to be positive and stay in games for longer.”