23rd May, 2019

Returning duo to boost Bromsgrove's hopes in crunch clash

BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson expects to have Aaron Thomason and Ash Newfield involved in what will be the strongest squad available all season for a crucial survival battle against Brockhampton on Saturday.

The Boars were disappointed to lose to fellow strugglers Leamington last weekend, with the hosts’ two-wicket win pushing them level on points with their vanquished opponents.

Second-from-bottom Brockhampton, seven points behind Bromsgrove, now visit St Godwalds Park tomorrow, with both sides desperate for points.

But Evenson hopes the availability of Warwickshire batsman Thomason and fit-again Newfield will provide a timely boost against a Brockhampton side which should include former Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell.

It means only opening bowler Gareth Williams, who has been diagnosed with pleurisy, will ruled out.

“It’ll certainly be one of the strongest sides we have had out all season,” said Evenson, who missed the first part of the season with a broken thumb.

“We had built a bit of momentum by winning three games in a row before a losing draw and now two defeats so it’s important we get back to that winning form.

“It’s not a make or break game in Saturday because there are plenty of games left but it would be nice to get the win, or a winning draw, to open a gap on the teams below us.

“It’s still so tight that a couple of wins will put you towards the top four so it’s about building momentum.

“It’s been frustrating with the injuries we’ve had. If you take three key players out of any team, they would struggle. But hopefully we’ve got players back who will help us take the initiative out on the pitch.”

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