BROMSGROVE’S seven-match winless streak was finally put to bed last weekend, after a 53-run triumph over Bridgnorth lifted the Boars up to sixth in Birmingham & District Premier Division Two.
Mark Evenson’s side have had their fair share of struggles of late, but put their recent heartache behind them by successfully defending their 156-run total through some emphatic bowling – seeing off the visitors in the 39th over.
It was the Bromsgrove skipper who notably took the initiative towards the end of Bridgnorth’s innings, taking the final three wickets for just two runs conceded in the 32 balls he delivered to see his side through to a first maximum-points win this term.
The decision taken by the away side to field first at St. Godwalds Park looked a wise one given Bromsgrove’s lack of continuity at the crease, on a pitch that was unforgiving for the hosts’ batsmen.
With Adam Quiney (4-36) in a determined mood to upset the apple cart, taking four of the first five wickets, it appeared that the hosts could be in trouble after number three Ashley Newfield (26) was dismissed.
A stand of 39 between Alex Wilkinson (33) and Evenson (27) helped pad out the Boars’ score, despite Bromsgrove being skittled out three balls before the innings was out.
Though Bridgnorth started in more confident fashion in reaching a 74-3 score, the visitors’ reply soon lost momentum after hitmen David Exall (30) and Karl Quiney (28) were removed.
From there, the likes of Connor Smith (3-28) and Gareth Williams (2-44) reared their head to join in the Boars’ wicket pursuit, before Evenson applied to finishing touches to safely see the home side through to a much-needed victory.
Hoping to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time since the opening two weeks of the season, Bromsgrove head to second-placed Himley next.