19th Jan, 2018

Evenson: Bromsgrove looking to put record straight with Shifnal

Craig Gibbons 26th Jul, 2017

BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson wants to set the record straight with Shifnal this weekend following their defeat to the Shropshire outfit earlier in the Birmingham League Division One campaign.

The Boars welcome Shifnal to St Godwald’s Park on Saturday hoping to avenge the 81-run defeat in May.

Evenson’s side were hustled out for 168 in their chase of 249-4 and this time around the Bromsgrove captain is hoping for a much better performance.

“We did not cover ourselves in glory at their place,” he said.

“We did not do the simple things right.

“Overall we were not good enough but we are looking forward to playing at home and putting the record straight.

“We want to make a strong case for ourselves so we can push further up the table.”

Bromsgrove boosted their promotion hopes on Saturday with a resounding seven-wicket home victory over Tamworth.

Electing to field first, Bromsgrove slowly unpicked the Tamworth innings with batters getting in but struggling to score runs at any great pace.

Gareth Williams returned 4-23 and Ashley Newfield 4-13 as the visitors were bowled out for 132.

In reply, the Boars lost three early wickets before star man and Alex Kervezee and Lewis Cordes repaired the damage.

Kervezee finished with 71 from 49 deliveries and Cordes 27 from 47.

“We knew it would be a tough game as Tamworth have been in second place for the majority of the season,” said Evenson.

“Everything seemed to go right for us which started with winning the toss which made life easier.

“With the conditions and rain overnight, it suited bowling first and we managed to put a stranglehold on them.

“130 was a respectable score in the conditions but Alexei just made it look so easy.”

Evenson is only forced to make one change for this weekend’s clash with Shifnal as Yogesh Malhotra comes up from the Seconds to replace Tom Hill (wedding).

And the Boars skipper believes squad consistency has played a huge part in their success throughout the win/lose/draw format.

“Historically we know we are not good at that format,” Evenson added.

“But over the last few weeks we have done very well and it shows we are trying to make ourselves hard to beat.

“Last year we used around 28 players whereas this year we have not even used half of that which is a positive.

“As I always say, if it is not broken do not fix it.”

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