THE CHAIRMAN of Bromsgrove Cricket Club is set to come out of retirement to help his side get their Birmingham League campaign back on track.
Nick Husbands has featured for the Boars’ 20/20 side, but he appeared to have called time on playing 50-over cricket due to on-going knee problems.
However, with regulars Ash Newfield, Tom Hill and Lewis Cordes all unavailable for tomorrow’s (Saturday) match against Wellington, Bromsgrove have called upon the experienced seam bowler.
Tom Underhill will replace wicketkeeper Hill while Adam Jones has been promoted from the Seconds. And captain Mark Evenson said he was confident the trio would step up to the plate.
“We have got three stalwarts of the first team that are away, but we have got some good players coming in,” he said.
“Nick Husbands still plays 20/20 cricket, but this will be his first game this season in the first team under the longer format.
“He had to retire because of knee problems a few years ago, but touch wood he is feeling fit as a fiddle and raring to go.
“Adam Jones will come up from the Seconds and will bat and Tom Underhill will keep and bat, so we have got all bases covered for this weekend.”
Bromsgrove’s four wicket defeat to Walsall last Saturday has seen them slip to seventh in the Division One table. But Evenson believes a victory over bottom club Wellington could put them back in the mix for promotion.
“We are disappointed with how things went last week, but if you look at the league situation it is still very close,” Evenson added. “We are 25 points off top and we are seventh.
“So if we have a good performance against bottom of the league Wellington on Saturday then we could be back to third or second.
“On the flip side, if we have another poor game on Saturday we will only be 30-odd points off bottom.
“It is very tight this season, so we have to make sure we bowl well and bat all our overs to give us the best chance of returning to winning ways.”