SKIPPER Mark Evenson hopes Bromsgrove can hit the ground running this weekend as they target a top four finish in Division One of the Birmingham League.
The Boars entertain Moseley side Attock at St Godwald’s Park on Saturday hoping to get the new season off to a good start following a disappointing eight placed finish last term.
New boys Jack Taylor and Deon Patel are set to be handed their league debuts while Worcestershire’s Alexei Kervezee is also available.
Only James Ganderton and Gareth Williams are away for the opening clash and Evenson is looking forward to getting the new season underway.
“We have a had a good pre-season and we are all excited to be playing some cricket this weekend,” he said.
“We were all aware that over the last three seasons we have under achieved with eighth, seventh and sixth place finishes respectively.
“When you look at the team we have we certainly under achieved so this season we are hoping to be competitive.
“Hopefully we can get into the top four and if we play consistent cricket then we might even break into the top two.
“We are lucky to be playing at home in our first game and hopefully we can get off to a good start.”
The Boars go into the first league fixture on the back of Saturday’s 25-run victory over local rivals Barnt Green in a pre-season friendly.
Bromsgrove batted first and posted a score of 254 from 44 overs with former Halesowen man Patel top scoring with 84.
In reply, the bowling of Michael Wyres stumped any hope of a Green victory as he claimed three wickets in a single over to put Bromsgrove in control.
“Pre-season is all about getting players into some form but it’s always nice to get a win,” Evenson added.
“Barnt Green had a few players missing but so did we and you can only beat what is in front of you.”