CAPTAIN Mark Evenson praised star of the show Jayden Levitt as his century and a half guided Bromsgrove to a 33-run victory over Attock in their Birmingham League Division One opener.
Despite losing opener Ashley Newfield with just 27 runs on the board, Levitt and fellow batsman Ryan Pedley (41) turned the game in the favour of the hosts as the pair notched up a brilliant 160-run partnership for the second wicket.
But that partnership may not have come to fruition had it not been for a dropped catch when Levitt was on 12 runs.
In the end Levitt went on to score 156 off 130 balls before being bowled out as Bromsgrove reached 261-6 from their 50 overs.
Attock gave it a good go in response as Mohammed Qamar Khan hit an inspired unbeaten 80 but it wasn’t enough as the visitors could only score 228-6 by the end of their innings.
“Jayden’s innings was one of those that was a pleasure to sit back and watch because he found the boundary frequently,” said Evenson.
“Even though he has hit 156 we cannot let that overshadow the runs Ryan Pedley added which added a platform for our lower order.
“In all honesty the wicket was probably only worth about 210 runs so if we had scored around that amount we could have lost the game.
“Attock came back at us but when it came down to them needing 13 runs from the final six or seven overs it was a bridge too far for them.”
Bromsgrove will be hoping to make it successive wins this weekend when they travel to newly-promoted Tamworth who won their first game of the season by 348 runs at Barnards Green.
Alex Wilkinson (wedding) is missing for Bromsgrove for Saturday’s game but he will be replaced by experienced seam bowler Gareth Williams who joined from Kidderminster.
“Tamworth are an unknown entity having come up from the division below and their tails will be up after winning on the opening day,” Evenson said.
“But you have to earn the right to win a game of cricket and I’m sure if we can hit 260 each week we will win more games than we do lose.
“Hopefully we can stamp some authority over the promoted side and come away with another win.”