A STUNNING showing from Alexei Kervezee inspired Bromsgrove to a much-needed victory in Division One of the Birmingham League.
The Worcestershire ace’s 144 helped to end his side’s eight-match losing streak as they hammered Attock by 226 runs last Saturday.
Kervezee also chipped in with three wickets while Alex Wilkinson finished with impressive figures of 4-19 to skittle the visitors out for 81 at St Godwalds Park.
This powerful performance was in complete contrast to their disappointing display against Moseley seven days earlier where they could only make 63.
Attock looked to take advantage of any frailties with the bat as they put Bromsgrove’s confidence-hit batsman in at the crease first after winning the toss.
But the hosts appeared determined not to bounce back. Openers Jayden Levitt and Ashley Newfield fell for ten and 38 respectively, but at that stage Bromsgrove had already surpassed their previous innings total and looked to kick on with Kervezee.
George Cracknell (9) and Tom Underhill (1) did not help the home side’s cause, but fortunately Kervezee was in scintillating form as he regularly found the boundary rope.
He soon reached his 50 before Tom Hill, who made a swift 23, was trapped LBW by Iftikhar Ahmad. Tom Green also provided good support for Kervezee who powered Bromsgrove past the 150 and 200 mark.
Shortly after Green was dismissed by Sultan Mahmood for 23, Kervezee reached his century, and he did not look like he was finished there.
The batsman made 44 more runs before his innings which included 13 fours and five sixes came to an end when Ahmad claimed his fourth wicket of the match.
Bromsgrove had also lost Adam Jones, but skipper Mark Evenson’s 16 and contributions from Graeme Whiles and Wilkinson pushed their side on to 307.
This left Attock with a huge challenge to savour anything from the game and their task was made even harder when their top orders was quickly removed.
Wilkinson claimed the wickets of Arsalaan Mahmood, Asim Khan and Mohin Khan to leave the visitors struggling on 15-3. And things just went from bad to worse for the Warwickshire side as they lost three more men who failed to get into double figures.
With the score on 37-6, Attock would have been looking to rebuild their innings and they managed to add 40 more runs without loss.
However, any hopes of a recovery were dashed by another devastating spell from the hosts. This time it was Kervezee who did the damage as he picked up back-to-back wickets before catching Imran Hamid off the bowling of Graeme Whiles to condemn Attock to a demoralising defeat.