September 29th, 2016

Bromsgrove stumble to seven- wicket defeat

Bromsgrove stumble to seven- wicket defeat Bromsgrove stumble to seven- wicket defeat

BROMSGROVE slumped to a disappointing seven-wicket defeat to lowly Wellington last Saturday despite the best efforts of Tom Green.

The Boars could only reach 174 which was not enough against in-form Jamie Miller whose century earned Wellington a convincing victory.

Green made a battling 56 to give Bromsgrove a chance in the Birmingham League Division One clash, but it was Miller who stole the show in a miserable afternoon for the visitors.

After losing to Walsall, Bromsgrove would have been to keen to bounce back against bottom of the table Wellington.

But their hopes suffered a set back when Alexei Kervezee was dismissed for a duck after facing just four balls.

Trevor Garwe got the first wicket and he also got the next, clean bowling Jayden Levitt for 16 to leave Bromsgrove on 20-2.

Despite the double blow, the visitors managed to steady the ship, with Ryan Pedley and Green looking in fine form.

Charlie Mackleworth caught Pedley (28) off the bowling of Adam Byram, while Adam Jones was run out after grinding out 12 runs from 52 balls.

But by that time, the Boars were on 124 and with Green closing in on his half century, they still looked like they could set Wellington a big target.

However, their plans soon unfolded when Green was stumped by Mackleworth as the wickets began to tumble. Tom Underhill, Mark Evenson and Alex Wilkinson were all undone by the bowling of Miller to put Bromsgrove on the brink at 168-8.

James Ganderton made a gritty 20 before he and Will Tuffin both fell victim to Dan Lloyd.

The away side had it all to do to stop Wellington from reaching their target, but they eventually got the breakthrough when Underhill caught Neil Edwards off the bowling of Tuffin for 12.

Nick Husbands, who came out of retirement to play the match, got a wicket on his return when he trapped Steve Lamb for 25.

With Wellington on 55-2, Bromsgrove would have been looking to push on, but the wickets dried up as Miller looked settled at the crease.

Sam Lloyd, who was removed by Ganderton for 12, and Wendell Wagner also showed resilience, but it was Miller who was turning on the style. Miller hit 14 fours and two sixes as he reached 100 to inflict misery on the Boars.

Meanwhile, Bromsgrove Seconds overturned league leaders Old Elizabethans, with Mark Meacham taking five wickets and then Mark Bilbrough carrying his bat for 89 with support from Matt Russell (49) to secure victory.

Harry Smith together with Paul Husbands (60*) sealed a seven-wicket victory for the Thirds who defeated Old Hill.

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