BOARS captain Mark Evenson has challenged his teammates to claim back-to-back victories for a first time in Birmingham & District Premier Division Two this season, when hosting Himley on Saturday (noon).
An eight-wicket win at Halesowen last weekend was just the tonic required to bounce back from disappointment against Bridgnorth in the previous game, with Bromsgrove comfortably beating the hosts’ total of 71 in the 12th over.
Evenson said the Boars have to fancy their chances against Himley – who are currently on a five-match unbeaten streak – in order to get some form going.
“We’ve failed to get back-to-back victories all season – but there’s no reason why we can’t put a run together now,” he said.
“Himley are a good side, they’ve recruited well.
“Olly Westbury from Worcestershire CCC has already made his debut for their first team, so we’ll have to be on our game and bat, bowl and field well.
“The boys are buoyant after the weekend, so we’ll be confident.”
Bromsgrove’s decision to field first proved effective, as took five wickets in quick succession.
Wicketkeeper Alex Milton stumped Joseph Tromans (4) for the first wicket from Tom Russell’s (6-42) delivery, and was then on hand again as Jamie Harris (0) was caught behind following Gareth Williams’ (3-29) delivery.
Hassan Qaumi (0) and Ryan Lockley (0) fell lbw to Russell in quick succession, whilst Wesley Griffiths was bowled (1) by Williams to leave the hosts in a perilous position at 17-5.
Captain Alexei Kervezee (25) and Masharraf Shazad (24no) were the only bright sparks for their side, with the former falling to Russell at 35-6.
Russell and Williams continued to skittle out the Halesowen batsmen, setting the stage for Evenson to dismiss Rob Horn (12) lbw from the only ball he bowled.
Alistair Hickman (20) and Jayden Levitt (27) laid on an opening partnership of 40 in reply, with both falling lbw to Qaumi and Eddie Rhodes respectively.
Ashley Newfield (14) and Milton (13) then stepped up to the plate to win the game for their side after just 67 balls faced.
Evenson said that the manner of the Boars’ victory was unique, but one that he and his teammates will take regardless.
“It’s the first time we’ve won a game like that in three or four seasons,” said the Boars skipper.
“With a score of 71 set, you fancy that every day of the week, it’s important that we bounced back with a much needed victory and we did just that.”