19th Nov, 2017

Evenson frustrated as abandoned game ends Bromsgrove's promotion hopes

Craig Gibbons 13th Sep, 2017

CAPTAIN Mark Evenson was left frustrated that Bromsgrove’s chances of maintaining a Birmingham League Division One promotion charge were brought to an end with an abandonment at the weekend.

Fourth-placed Bromsgrove welcomed second-placed Moseley to St Godwald’s Park on Saturday knowing victory would have set up a final day promotion decider.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, the Boars were at 42-3 after 12 overs before heavy showers brought an end to to the day’s play by 2.30pm.

“It is not the way you want to finish a season, especially when there was a mathematical chance of going up,” Evenson said.

“It was a bit cruel on us but promotion has been in our hands for most of the season and it is not down to just one game.

“We had two games against Walmley abandoned and then in critical moments of games we have dropped catches to get the last man out and these things come back to bite you.

“However, after finishing eight last year, this season is certainly a step in the right direction.”

Bromsgrove will be looking to end their season with a flourish on Saturday when they travel to fourth-from-bottom Leamington.

Bowler Gareth Williams (calf) faces a late fitness test but apart from that, Evenson has a full strength squad to choose from.

“At the start of the season we wanted to finish in the top four and we will be looking to make sure of that this weekend,” said Evenson.

“We still have a shot at third if Himley lose at Wellington but first and foremost we have to take care of our own business.

“If we finish third just behind the two promotion spots or in fourth, we have achieved our target regardless and it is something we can improve upon for next season.”

 

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