15th Sep, 2019

"We're still in with a chance of title", says Evenson after Boars win three in a row

Ben Tyler 29th Aug, 2019

BOARS captain Mark Evenson believes his side are still within a shot of the Birmingham & District Premier Division Two title, after a third-successive win was claimed over Brockhampton.

The victory by 191 runs over the basement side keeps Bromsgrove in sixth, but just 34 points behind leaders Harborne with three games to play.

And Evenson doesn’t see why his troops shouldn’t aim for the stars heading into the end of season run-in, starting with Saturday’s (noon) trip to Oswestry.

“I don’t see why not, we’ve got three winnable games,” he said.

“We’re under no illusion that there’s 60 points up for grabs, we hope that we can keep our form going, so who knows.

“But we won’t focus on league position right now, we’ll just look to finish as high as we can.”

In last weekend’s game at St Godwald’s Road, an emphatic batting spell from the hosts kicked off the afternoon in style.

Electing to bat first, Bromsgrove opened with 72 through Jack Taylor (32) and Jayden Levitt (108), though number three Ashley Newfield (9) was unable to replicate his century from the previous week.

What followed next more than made up for Newfield’s cheap dismissal, as Alex Milton (111no), with Levitt in tow, smashed their way to a partnership of 183.

By the time Levitt was caught by Oliver Rogoff from Adam Hewlett’s (2-47) delivery, Bromsgrove were sitting pretty on 276-3, but still bolstered their score thanks to middle order batsman Deon Patel (29no), with the Boars finishing on 328-3.

In reply, Tom Austwick (7) was the first departure from the crease for Brockhampton, though the visitors recovered somewhat to gain a foothold in the game with a stand of 60 between Rogoff (36) and Alex Hinkley (32).

But after Alex Wilkinson (2-20) bowled Rogoff, Hinkley followed three balls later as the first dismissal claimed by first-team debutant Freddie Fallows (5-40) – in what became a day to remember for the youngster.

After Wilkinson claimed his second and final wicket of the afternoon, trapping Theo Mayell (2) lbw, Fallows took centre stage by claiming four of the next five dismissals.

His fine work with the ball allowed Gareth Williams (2-22) to finish off Brockhampton in the 37th over when catching and bowling Hewlett.

The Bromsgrove captain was delighted by his side’s efforts to continue their winning ways of late, and had special praise in particular for new boy Fallows.

“Brockhampton have struggled all season, especially without Daryl Mitchell, but to do the double over a team is always very pleasing,” said Evenson.

“It can sometimes be a banana skin playing the bottom sides.

“He’s [Fallows] done very well in the Seconds and Thirds this season and has deserved his opportunity.

“He’s such a young kid, he has plenty of time to learn, but we were very pleased by his performance and the future bodes well for him.”

Returning alongside the Bromsgrove captain for this weekend’s game is Tom Green, while Alistair Hickman and Fallows miss out.

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