October 1st, 2016

Bromsgrove hitting form after Harborne win

Bromsgrove hitting form after Harborne win Bromsgrove hitting form after Harborne win

BROMSGROVE secured back-to-back victories in Birmingham League Division One for the first time since May after beating Harborne last Saturday.

Jayden Levitt set up the win with a stunning 111 as the visitors recovered from 39-2 to make 276 at the Harborne Main Ground.

Last week’s hero with the bat, Alexei Kervezee, then produced the goods with the ball as he claimed four wickets to help the Boars clinch victory by 94 runs.

Bromsgrove had not notched up successive wins since seeing off Barnards Green and Moseley about three months ago.

But having hammered Attock to end their eight-match losing streak, the Boars seemed determined to back it up with another win.

They had to get over an early blip, though, as Harborne grabbed a couple of quick wickets. Ashley Newfield (10) was the first to go before Ryan Pedley (1) went after facing just six balls.

The double blow could have derailed Bromsgrove’s bid, but Levitt was already striking the ball well and he did not look like he was willing to give up his wicket easily.

He was also ably supported by Kervezee who was looking to follow up his match-winning 144 last week. The duo took their side past three-figures before Kervezee (36) was caught and bowled by Dominic Badger.

Darren Franklin then removed Tom Hill and Tom Underhill to leave Bromsgrove on 133-5, but Levitt was still sticking around and with the help of Tom Green the away side reached 223.

Levitt had also racked up his century before being trapped LBW by Badger. Green then came unstuck on 37 following the bowling of Tom Arnold, who also dismissed Adam Jones.

But some steady battling from James Ganderton added 30 extra runs to Bromsgrove’s finishing total.

All the momentum appeared to be with Mark Evenson’s side as they took four quick wickets. Harborne struggled to contain Kervezee and Graeme Whiles as they reduced their opponents to 43-4.

The home side rallied as John Pemberton and Guriq Randhawa steered Harborne to 109 before Ganderton got Pemberton out with Evenson claiming the catch.

Ganderton then removed George Land before Randhawa was bowled by Whiles shortly after making his half century.

With the hosts on 148-7, Bromsgrove could sense victory and they did not take long to polish off the remaining wickets with Kervezee adding two more to his list of victims.

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