A 48-RUN defeat to Kidderminster spelled a miserly end to Bromsgrove CC’s season last weekend.
The Boars finished bottom of Group Four in the Graham Williamson Trophy, with a single win to their name for the campaign, a position they were unable to change in their final fixture at Chester Road.
Kidderminster batted their way to a 219-6 score after winning the toss, with number three Joe Miszkowski (75) and Ben Twohig (68) building up a real head of steam for the hosts before their dismissals by the impressive William Tuffin (4-50).
The Bromsgrove bowler finally brought an end to a 133-run partnership between the duo, when bowling a delivery towards Miszkowski that was caught by Freddie Fallows.
While Kidderminster initially struggled at the beginning of the innings, losing two early wickets for lbw when Alex Wilkinson (2-26) outwitted openers Andrew Kimberlin (20) and Jujhar Johal (0), it was the impressive ton, plus contributions from the unbeaten Nathan Round (30 n.o) and Elliot Small (7 n.o) which took the hosts just out of reach.
A solid start by the opening Bromsgrove trio of Greg Chinn (33), Jayden Levitt (14) and Alex Milton (15) took the visitors to 64-2, although their run chase slowed when the latter two were dismissed in the space of seven balls.
Despite the best efforts of the Boars, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, with a best partnership of 40 between skipper Mark Evenson (20) and Wilkinson (37) at the back end of Bromsgrove’s batting line insufficient to ever truly trouble Kidderminster.
Tuffin’s (0) dismissal by the imperious Connor Smith (5-23) in the 37th over signalled an end to the match and to the season for Bromsgrove, compounding their worst fears of a rock-bottom finish in the table.
There have been plenty of positives elsewhere at the club though, with Bromsgrove’s third XI reaching the final of the Regional Championship Vase.
Boars’ third string topped Group B before dispatching of West Malvern in the semi-final with a four-wicket victory – led by the unstoppable Tom Downing (69 n.o) – and will now take on Netherton Seconds at Seth Somers Park in their bid for silverware tomorrow (Saturday, noon).
The club’s under-15’s and under-11’s sides have also won their respective leagues, the former beating Stourbridge by nine-wickets in the play-off final on Sunday, while the latter saw off Old Eiizabethans.