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Big-hitting Kervezee leads the way for Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove Editorial 28th Aug, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

ALEXEI Kervezee’s scintillating form continued as he smashed an unbeaten 174 to steer Bromsgrove to a convincing victory over Old Hill.

The Worcestershire batsman followed his match-winning knock of 144 against Attock with a four-wicket haul in the Boars’ win at Harborne last week.

But it was his bat which was doing the talking again at St. Godwalds Park last Saturday as he hit 17 fours and four sixes on his way to his impressive century.

Old Hill, meanwhile, simply had no answer as Bromsgrove won by 133 runs, with Kervezee helping himself to two wickets in the Birmingham League Division One clash.

It did not go completely to plan for the hosts, though, as they suffered a few early set backs after electing to bat. Ashley Newfield went for 14 before Ryan Pedley (6) and Jayden Levitt (15) were both removed.

This left Bromsgrove on 37-3, but with Kervezee in good form Mark Evenson’s side soon got their innings back on track.

Kervezee was finding the boundary rope on regular occasions and although he lost Tom Hill (10) he remained confident at the crease.

Tom Underhill (14) also fell moments after Kervezee reached his half century, but with the support of Tom Green, the pair guided Bromsgrove from 115-5 to 267-5.

After Green (34) retired hurt, Adam Jones (8) lasted just 11 balls, but Kervezee refused to go anywhere as he recorded a century and soon surpassed 150.

The 25-year-old looked destined for a double century, but he and Bromsgrove ran out of balls to increase their total as they finished on 299.

In response, Old Hill seemed to settle well with Dannyjo Cox on 19 and Monil Patel on 29, but two wickets in quick succession turned the wide.

Graeme Whiles claimed the openers before Bromsgrove produced a devastating spell which saw Old Hill’s chances rapidly reduce.

Kervezee and Evenson both picked up two wickets, while James Ganderton trapped Harry Baddams LBW to leave the visitors on 90-7.

After Evenson caught and bowled Toby Lester, Bromsgrove looked set for victory, but they had to wait a little while before celebrations could begin.

Nigel Davenport and Tommy-Lee Cox combined to add a further 166 runs onto Old Hill’s total before Newfield and Pedley got the remaining wickets.

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