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Bromsgrove face tactical rethink in push for Birmingham League promotion

Bromsgrove Editorial 12th Jun, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

SKIPPER Mark Evenson says Bromsgrove will need to rethink their tactics to ensure they can maintain their title challenge.

The Boars have slipped to third in Division One of the Birmingham League, albeit just one point behind the joint leaders, after back-to-back winning draws.

Evenson admitted the end of the win-lose sequence has not helped his side’s momentum as both Harborne and then Old Hill were happy to avoid defeat rather than risk a win chase and losing.

Bromsgrove will look to bounce back tomorrow (Saturday) when they head to Leamington Spa.

“We can’t be disappointed with taking 15 and 16 points from the last two games,” said Evenson. “We have scored just over 200 when we’ve batted but it’s difficult to bowl sides out in 55 overs if they don’t want to chase a victory.

“I thought it was a below-par score last week against Old Hill but their skipper Danny Cox felt it was 50-60 too many for them and they were happy to see out the draw.

“I feel the win-lose format is our stronger format. We are capable of batting first and you don’t have that scoreboard pressure but maybe we should change our appraisal and let our opponents bat first and we will try to chase down the score.”

Despite the winning draws, confidence within the Boars’ camp remains high. Evenson, though, is equally aware that such is the competitiveness of the league that they need to be at the top of their game each week.

“It’s a strong league and we have got to play good cricket, week in, week out,” he added. We know we have to perform.

“Apart from one week against Attock, when we weren’t so much as second best as fourth best, we have played some good cricket and we have been strong with bat and ball in the other six games.”

Off-spinner James Ganderton, who was unavailable last week, returns to action this week against Leamington while Worcestershire’s Alexei Kervezee is available.


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