17th Jul, 2018

Evenson: Bromsgrove feeling confident ahead of tough Moseley test

Craig Gibbons 28th Jun, 2017

SKIPPER Mark Evenson believes negotiating past Moseley’s powerful bowling attack will put Bromsgrove in good stead of overturning the early Birmingham League Division One pacesetters.

The Boars travel to Birmingham on Saturday knowing they will come up against a strong squad featuring plenty of former Warwickshire and minor counties players.

Naqaash Tahir and Fred Eburah lead the Moseley bowling attack while current Bear and Irishman Mark Adair bolsters the batting line-up.

But Evenson’s side have plenty to be positive about going into a difficult encounter as they put an end to their two-game losing streak with a winning draw over Smethwick at St Godwald’s Park on Saturday.

“Our trip to Moseley would have been much more difficult if we had lost the game to Smethwick,” said Evenson.

“Hopefully we can carry the confidence we gained on Saturday forward to this weekend against a Moseley side who can’t do much wrong.

“It’s all about getting the basics right and to take all our opportunities as well as building partnerships with the bat and ball.

“Moseley’s bowling attack will prove to be a tough test with the new ball.

“However, if we can negotiate that and get ourselves into a good position we could be walking away with a positive result.”

After back-to-back defeats, Alexei Kervezee proved to be star of the show against Smethwick as his century ensured the hosts picked up a crucial 15 points.

The former Netherlands international smashed 113 runs off 94 balls and was backed up by Ashley Newfied (42) as Bromsgrove reached 232 all out after 54.3 overs.

In response Kervezee then chipped in with three wickets along with Newfield (2-27), Gareth Williams (2-32) and James Ganderton (2-24) to limit the visitors to 210-9.

However, it could have been a complete victory for Evenson’s side had it not been for a number of dropped catches and an umpire’s decision which went against them towards the end of Smethwick’s innings.

“Their number 11 (Sajid Ahmedazai) nicked one to our wicket-keeper (Lewis Cordes) but the umpire did not give the wicket,” said a dismayed Evenson.

“We had several opportunities to pick up the 24 points and had a chance in the penultimate over to make a catch but the ball just would not stick.

“To score 230 on a dry and crumbling wicket was a good attempt and the performance was much more positive than in the last two weeks.

“However, I am still looking for guys to score big.

“The likes of Jayden Levitt, Newfield and Ryan Pedley should be pushing the 80s, 90s or even 100s.”

There is only one change for Bromsgrove this week as Tom Hill replaces Tom Green who misses out through work commitments.

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