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Former Test star puts Bromsgrove to the sword

Bromsgrove Editorial 24th Jul, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

BROMSGROVE were simply blown away by big-hitting Himley who swept to an emphatic victory last Saturday.

The fire-power of Greg Wright and former India Test cricketer Wasim Jaffer proved too much for the Boars.

The pair, who both hit centuries, helped put on 306 before a middle order collapse from Bromsgrove secured the hosts victory in the Birmingham League First Division clash.

A second-wicket stand of 130 between Jayden Levitt and Ryan Pedley and a quick-fire half-century from Alexei Kervezee kept the home side in the game. But once they were removed 231-3 became 265-8 as Bromsgrove slumped to another defeat.

With a number of big hitters in their side, Bromsgrove would have been looking to take some early wickets.

But they did not come as William Fraine and Wright quickly settled and went on the front foot.

Tom Russell finally got the breakthrough, removing Fraine for 51, but this only gave Jaffer the chance to bat.

And the former Indian Premier League batsman did not disappoint as he found the boundary rope on a number of occasions. Wright was also well into his stride as he soon racked up a century and moved on to 134, thanks to three sixes.

Bromsgrove captain Mark Evenson got Wright out before Kervezee removed Tom Kohler-Cadmore (7).

But at that point Himley were closing in on 300 and courtesy of ten extra runs from Jaffer they achieved that feat.

Jaffer’s completion of his century had left Bromsgrove with it all to do as they needed to chase down 306 to win.

This task was made even more difficult when Elliot Hopkin bowled Ashley Newfield for 19. Despite the blow, which left them on 32-1, the Boars plugged away with Levitt and Pedley at the crease.

The duo both sealed half centuries and looked set to go even further as they closed in on a 150 partnership.

But Levitt fell on 85 after hitting the ball straight to Jamie Turner. On 162-2, Bromsgrove refused to go away, though, as Kervezee went on the offensive.

The batsmen scored 58 from 33, including six fours and two sixes, but once Pedley was run out, he could not find team-mates to stick with him.

Lewis Cordes and Tom Hill both went before Kervezee was dismissed.

This also ended the Boars’ hopes as Afran Khan claimed two wickets in two balls, with James Ganderton and Evenson both falling for golden ducks.

Elsewhere, Bromsgrove Seconds recorded a losing draw at Eastnor, while the Thirds’ six-match winning streak came to an end at the hands of Oldswinford.

The Boars could only set an underpar target of 175 after Paul Hutchins hit 66, but their opponents had no problem chasing down their target.

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