BROMSGROVE captain Mark Evenson is looking for 20 points this weekend as they play their first home game of the season against Attock on Saturday.
The Boars’ Birmingham League Division One campaign got off to the worst possible start on Saturday (April 30) as a hailstorm left Old Hill’s Haden Hill Ground carpeted in white, calling the game to a halt at 4.30pm.
After winning the toss, Bromsgrove decided to bat and despite the poor conditions, opening batsman Ashley Newfield notched up 40 runs with Worcestershire’s Alexei Kervzee also reaching 40 to help the Boars on their way to 137-6 after 28 overs.
Jayden Levitt (18), Tom Green (17) and Tom Hill (11 not out) also contributed to Bromsgrove’s innings.
Despite Old Hill not getting a chance to put some runs on the board, the Boars picked up six points and sit ninth in the table.
Evenson said: “The game was in the balance really and I was confident that we could get more than 200 points on the board.
“It’s a disappointing start, especially after having a pre-season that has been affected by poor weather.
“The cricket season is short enough as it is but it’s out of your control when the weather is as bad as it has been.
“Despite the bad weather, it was nice to see Alexei and Ashley get some runs and they adapted well to the conditions.”
Bromsgrove play their first home game of the season at St Goldwalds Park this weekend and ahead of Saturday’s clash, Evenson has a full strength squad to choose from with seamers Graham Whiles and Alex Wilkinson opening the bowling while Newfield and Levitt will once again lead the batting line-up.
“I am looking for the full 20 points against Attock,” Evenson added.
“Attock were the only side last season to beat us in the win/lose format so it will be a tough game.
“We have to be playing our best cricket but it’s difficult to do that when you’re under-prepared.
“We’re already playing catch up after the slow start but everybody is available so I’ll be wanting maximum points.”