BROMSGROVE captain Mark Evenson has labelled this weekend’s clash against Birmingham League Division One basement club Old Hill as a ‘must-win’ following their disappointing three-wicket defeat to Herefordshire-based Brockhampton over the weekend.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Boars failed to post a defendable score as they were bowled out for 170 in the 49th over with Worcestershire’s Alexei Kervezee (56) once again getting the bulk of the runs.
Jamie McIlroy (4-54) and Senuran Muthusamy (3-29) starred with the ball for Brockhampton who reached 171-7 in the 51st over with constant runs from Adam Hewlett (28), Muthusamy (38) and Ian Bullock (28).
The Boars have now suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season despite the best efforts from bowlers Graeme Whiles (2-43), Ashley Newfield (2-31) and Kervezee (2-14) and have dropped to eighth in the table, just 23 points above the relegation zone.
Skipper Evenson said: “Our batting has not been firing for the last four weeks and we’re seven wickets down by drinks which is an impossible win to win from.
“With our opening order not in any form at the moment, it’s putting a lot of pressure on the last two or three batsmen to get our runs which is not fair on them.
“Alexei is getting 70 per cent of the runs each game but the partnerships aren’t going with those runs.
“Being bowled out for 170 was too short a target for us to defend, we needed to score around 230 to stand any chance of getting a result.
“I’m not concerned by our league position as we’re at the half way stage, my bigger concern is the batting and hopefully we can hit some form this weekend.”
The Boars make a return to St Godwald’s Park on Saturday when they welcome league strugglers Old Hill and Evenson is boosted by the news Kervezee will once again be available while experienced bowler Nick Husbands makes a return.
“A winning draw is the worst case scenario result we will be wanting from Saturday’s game,” Evenson added.
“The game plan will be to take the lion’s share of the points and push up back up the table to where we want to be.
“It only takes back-to-back wins and you shoot right back up the table so we’ll be hoping to get the basic rights and hopefully the batsmen get into some form.”