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Evenson: Bromsgrove's win at Himley a confidence booster for trip to Wellington

Craig Gibbons 31st May, 2017

BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson says the victory over Himley has given his side a confidence boost ahead of the win/lose/draw format.

The Boars returned to winning ways in Birmingham League Division One with a 21-run victory in the West Midlands on Saturday.

Although Evenson had to pull out at the last minute due to illness, Ashley Newfield took over the reins of captain for the day to help secure the 20 points.

With fourth-placed Bromsgrove now entering the 55-over format of the game, returning Evenson believes victory at Himley was a huge confidence booster ahead of their trip to Shropshire side Wellington.

“Over the last four to five years the win/lose/draw format has not been our strong point,” he said.

“Sport is all about confidence and when you are winning games you carry that forward.

“So to have claimed a victory, especially after a fortnight off, means we go into our game at Wellington in some form.

“To get the lion’s share of the points this weekend we are going to have to make sure everybody is contributing and not letting the same two to three guys do everything.

“All 11 players of the squad have to do their bit to strive to get the win.”

Despite losing Jayden Levitt (1) early doors at Himley, Ryan Pedley hit a steady 76 off 120 balls while Newfield (38), Alexei Kervezee (31) and Jack Taylor (33) also chipped in with regular runs.

Bromsgrove eventually posted a score of 225-7 from their allocated 50 overs before bowling out Himley, who were without Worcestershire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore, for 204 in the final over.

Newfield (3-39) and Kervezee (3-51) did the damage with the ball but Evenson, who was being kept in the loop at home, was more impressed with the batting display.

“Ashley told me about 180 runs would be a good score but to get more than 220 was a great effort from the lads,” he said.

“Ryan has been well supported by those around him which is something we have been trying to achieve in recent weeks.

“And to then bowl out Himley proves it was a good all round performance.

“We have had a decent start but we still feel like our abandoned game against Walmley was 20 points dropped but we have to move on from that and focus on Saturday.”

With Tom Green away this weekend, Lewis Cordes is set to be called up from the Seconds after hitting consecutive half centuries over the last three weeks.

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