September 29th, 2016

Bromsgrove skipper Evenson reflects on “chalk and cheese” Bank Holiday weekend

Bromsgrove skipper Evenson reflects on “chalk and cheese” Bank Holiday weekend Bromsgrove skipper Evenson reflects on “chalk and cheese” Bank Holiday weekend
Bromsgrove captain Mark Evenson.

BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson hopes the Boars can end the season with a flourish after experiencing a mixed bag of results over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Boars all but secured their Birmingham League Division One status on Saturday as they claimed a comprehensive 177-run victory over Bridgnorth at St Godwald’s Park.

Ashley Newfield (75) and Jayden Levitt (56) batrted superbly to put on 117 for the first wicket which was backed up by the Boars’ leading run scorer this season Alexei Kervezee (59) as the home side reached 280-6.

Kervezee (2-16) and Graeme Whiles (2-13) picked up early wickets but Newfield’s middle order spell of 3-18 again proved decisive as the visitors were dismissed for 103.

Despite a strong performance, the Boars were brought down to Earth on Bank Holiday Monday with a disappointing three-wicket defeat at Barnards Green.

George Rhodes (1-10) and Josh Haynes (4-6) combined to take five wickets for just 16 runs as the Boars were all out for 109.

Levitt (30) led the way with batting as Ben Tegg (15), Kervezee (18) and Lewis Cordes (15) were the only other Boars players to reach double figures.

In reply, Green made a good start as they reached 63-2 before the introduction of Newfield who picked up five wickets for 31 runs, albeit a little too late as the hosts reached 110-7 in the 26th over.

Evenson said: “It’s been the epitome of our season not being able to put together good back-to-back performances and that’s left us hovering above the basement.

“It’s a tough league but at the start of the season we sat down and said to ourselves promotion was a real possibility as we’ve got a really strong squad on paper.

“However, the game is not played on paper and you have to earn the right to win a game of cricket.

“Saturday’s performance was perfect but on Monday it was back to our same old, same old – it was a case of chalk and cheese.

“Looking ahead, we want to win our final three games of the season to push us up the table.

“Where we end up may flatter us a little but we have the capability to beat anyone on our day and that’s what we’ll be looking to do from now up until the end of the season.”

Evenson expects to name an unchanged side ahead of Saturday’s home fixture against Moseley (12pm start).

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