A FIRST outing in three weeks for Bromsgrove brought a losing draw for Mark Evenson’s side at leaders Wem in Birmingham & District Premier Division Two.
Both sides found batting difficult on a wet surface, as Wem’s final score of 82 runs proved one step too far for the Boars, who managed 81-7 in a revised 24 overs game in Shropshire.
Gareth Williams (2-17) took a couple of early wickets as the hosts faltered at the crease before regaining a foothold through Chris Peel Jr (19) and Mohit Kale (27) in a stand of 43 runs.
With the duo falling to the emphatic Ashley Newfield (5-20) to leave Wem 70-6, the rot well and truly set in as the hosts’ innings ended three balls before the end.
Hoping for better success at the crease, Bromsgrove looked in danger until Newfield again came to the fore, hitting 39 runs and combining well with middle-order pair Deon Patel (11) and Greg Chinn (16 not out).
With their talisman gone by at the start of the final over, the immediate loss of Matthew Russell (0) and later skipper Evenson (4) meant Bromsgrove fell just short of a winning score in agonising fashion.
Taking eight points for their efforts, the third-placed Boars will hope for better fortunes – and weather – against second-placed Halesowen at St Godwalds Park on Saturday.</b>