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Bromsgrove skipper Evenson disappointed as Walmley clash gets abandoned

Craig Gibbons 24th May, 2017 Updated: 24th May, 2017

BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson believes it was 20 points dropped at the weekend after the clash against Birmingham League Division One basement boys Walmley fell foul of the weather.

After losing to Shifnal the week before, the Boars were hoping to return to winning ways on Saturday against a Walmley outfit who had not won any of their opening three league clashes.

However, due to the torrential rain, the game at St Godwald’s Park was abandoned, meaning Bromsgrove only picked up five points for their efforts.

“It was a really disappointing weekend,” Evenson said.

“Realistically those 20 points were there for the taking.

“Walmley have not won a game this season so far and are down in confidence.

“When you look at it like that, it’s certainly points we have lost.

“After losing to Shifnal we were hoping to bounce back but the weekend off means we are a little bit rustier than I’d like us to be.”

Sixth-placed Bromsgrove will look to maintain their good start to the campaign on Saturday when they travel to fifth-placed Himley who have the likes of Worcestershire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore in their ranks.

Former Brockhampton player Chris Boroughs is also someone who will pose a threat, according to Evenson.

“Himley are a decent side and have plenty of firepower,” he said.

“With no country cricket this weekend Tom is a massive boost for them but we are hoping he won’t be spoiling our party.

“Again I have mentioned to the lads that we need to get the basics right and build partnerships in the middle order.

“As of late, we are having a couple of wobbles with the bat which needs ironing out.”

Evenson will be naming the same squad as he did for the defeat at Shifnal a fortnight ago, with Tom Green coming in to replace Yogesh Malhotra who drops to the Seconds.

And the Boars captain has set himself the targets which are needed to defeat Himley.

“If we bat first we need to be scoring 220 to 230 runs because the likes of Ashley Newfield, Jayden Levitt and Alexei Kervezee can take the game away from the opposition,” he added.

“However, if we are bowling we need to make sure we are stopping any boundaries.

“It is all about damage limitation and if we can keep Himley at one to two runs an over rather than seven to eight, it will put us in a good stead.”

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