CRICKET - Bromsgrove skittled in heavy Himley defeat - The Bromsgrove Standard

CRICKET - Bromsgrove skittled in heavy Himley defeat

Aaron Sutcliffe 28th Jun, 2023 Updated: 28th Jun, 2023   0

BROMSGROVE Cricket Club were skittled for just 88 in a heavy 157-run home defeat against high-flying Himley.

Only opener Jayden Levitt (46) provided any resistance with Alex Wilkinson (10) the other Bromsgrove batter to reach double figures in reply to Himley’s 245-8.

The Boars were in trouble on 9-3 and 20-5 and lost their final three wickets for the addition of just seven runs.

And the result means Bromsgrove sit 11th in the Birmingham and District Premier League Premier Division Two table.

Despite winning the toss and electing to field, Bromsgrove found early wickets hard to come by after Wilkinson (1-28) accounted for opener Bilal Hussain (12).

A 100-run second-wicket partnership put Himley on top as Oliver Westbury (34) and Connor Smith (46) made life difficult for Bromsgrove’s bowlers before Ollie Walker (50) hit a quickfire half-century.

Sahil Mahmood (4-83) and Amaan Hassan (3-72) took a flurry of wickets to keep Bromsgrove in the contest as Himley went from 122-2 to 165-6.

However, Himley’s lower order dug in as James Lunn (28), Hasitha De Silva (18 not out) and Jamie Turner (10 not out) helped the visitors finish their 55 overs on 245-8.

In reply, Bromsgrove made a disastrous start as Hassan (2), Alex Milton (0) and Andrew Kimberlin (2) all came and went before the Boars had passed the 10-run mark.

Himley bowler Lunn (6-40) ripped through the home side’s middle order as he claimed the wickets of Matthew Russell (1), Raynaldo Estwick (0) and Joshua De Souza (3) to restrict Bromsgrove to 52-6.

Levitt attempted to hold the innings together before he eventually succumbed to the bowling of Lunn as the Boars’ final wickets fell cheaply with the home side all out for 88 in 36.2 overs.

Elsewhere, the club’s second XI battled to a losing draw at Colwall as the visitors dug in to see out their 50 overs.

Bromsgrove finished on 193-9, after Colwall posted 262-8, as Jacob Matthews (81) and Thomas Liversidge (47) shone with the bat.

The club’s third XI chased down a mammoth total of 314 to win by six wickets against Chaddesley Corbett.

Opener Mark Burrell (70) scored runs freely with his knock coming from just 45 balls and included 15 fours as he put on a 96-run first-wicket partnership with Nicholas Blackmore (41 not out).

And another strong partnership between Blackmore and Lewis Cordes (56) put Bromsgrove on top as Tom Smith (41), Harry Smith (14) and Mark Bilbrough (57 not out) saw the Boars complete a sensational run chase.

Bromsgrove’s fourth XI were also victorious after securing a six-wicket win against Kidderminster thanks to a strong bowling display.

Billy Nasta (4-19) starred with the ball while Edward Barnes (2-11), Ashley Grazier (1-6), Dylan Williams (1-7), Kyle Bishton (1-11) and Samuel Taylor (1-15) all took wickets to bowl Kidderminster out for just 115.

In reply, Bromsgrove eased to victory as Thomas Hope (21 not out), Barry Hope (21), Barnes (18) and Nasta (15 not out) helped the Boars reach the required total in 24.2 overs for the loss of four wickets.


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