MARK EVENSON is looking forward to the new Birmingham League Division One season as he enters his 11th year as Bromsgrove skipper.
Following a meeting earlier this month, Evenson agreed with Boars chairman Nick Husbands to stay on as club captain for a further year as they look for a return to the Premier Division.
The Boars endured a difficult campaign last year as they finished fourth-from-bottom but Evenson is relishing the challenge ahead of trying to fight for the top two promotion spots to reach the promised land.
“I had a little chat with Nick and we agreed that at the moment it was the right thing to do to stay on as captain,” he said.
“There’s the view to possibly breed someone new as skipper either next season or the season after that as I can’t stay captain forever.
“It will be my 11th season as captain next season and I feel privileged to have been in the role for a good stint.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead and ready for the start of the new campaign.
“From my point of view, before I have even sat down with the lads about what we want to achieve this season, we need to be more consistent in our play.
“One week we would hit 340 and then be bowled out for just 140 the next so we need some consistency if we want to go for promotion.”
The Boars will begin the 2017 season at home to Moseley-based Attock on Saturday, April 29 but before that, Evenson and the rest of the players will begin training in the nets at Bromsgrove School in February.
No pre-season friendlies have been scheduled as of yet but Bromsgrove are expected to take on touring Fleetwood (Lancashire) as well as near-neighbours Barnt Green.
Evenson has also been busy recruiting new players for the new season as Jack Taylor and Gareth Williams join the Boars’ ranks.
Former right-arm orthodox bowler James Ganderton is also expected to rejoin the first team at Bromsgrove while Graeme Whiles has moved back up to Yorkshire.
Evenson said: “Jack is chomping at the bit to get started.
“He’s played university cricket and had some time with Old Elizabethans so we’re delighted to bring in an all-rounder to bolster our line-up.
“It’s also great to have Gareth too as his experience in the side will be very beneficial to us.”
Bromsgrove’s 2017 Birmingham League Division One fixtures:
April 29 – Attock (Home)
May 6 – Tamworth (Away)
May 13 – Shifnal (Away)
May 20 – Walmley (Home)
May 27 – Himley (Away)
June 3 – Wellington, Shropshire (Away)
June 10 – Barnards Green (Home)
June 17 – Bridgnorth (Home)
June 24 – Smethwick (Away)
July 1 – Moseley (Away)
July 8 – Leamington (Home)
July 15 – Attock (Away)
July 22 – Tamworth (Home)
July 29 – Shifnal (Home)
August 5 – Walmley (Away)
August 12 – Himley (Home)
August 19 – Wellington, Shropshire (Home)
August 26 – Barnards Green (Away)
August 28 – Bridgnorth (Away)
September 2- Smethwick (Home)
September 9 – Moseley (Home)
September 16 – Leamington (Away)