21st Jan, 2018

I won't be disrupting Bromsgrove's winning formula, says skipper Evenson

Craig Gibbons 7th Jun, 2017 Updated: 8th Jun, 2017

SKIPPER Mark Evenson says he does not want to disrupt Bromsgrove’s Birmingham League Division One winning run by making unnecessary changes.

Second-placed Boars welcome county rivals Barnards Green to St Godwald’s Park on Saturday on the back of a resounding 124-run victory at Wellington in the first fixture of the win/lose/draw format.

With confidence sky high in the squad, Evenson told the Standard he wants to keep the winning formula ahead of their third home fixture of the campaign.

The Bromsgrove captain admitted he may have to bring in Tom Green depending on the situation of opening batsman Ashley Newfield who picked up a knock to the shoulder during the Wellington clash.

“We are on a winning run right now and when you’re on one of those it’s important to stick with the winning formula,” Evenson said.

“This weekend we are going to be unchanged although I am waiting to see the availability of Ash who is struggling with his shoulder.

“However, if he’s unavailable I will be looking to bring in Tom Green from the Seconds which would mean there would have to be a slight reshuffle of the batting order.

“Confidence is high right now and I will be asking for more of the same in terms of building partnerships with the bat and ball.”

A solid batting performance was the perfect platform for Bromsgrove’s win over Wellington on Saturday.

The in-form Alexei Kervezee (62) top-scored with good support coming again from Ryan Pedley (31).

When Kervezee departed with the score on 162-4, Lewis Cordes (39 not out) – who had been promoted from the Seconds for hitting three successive half centuries – and Jack Taylor (38) kept the momentum as the Boars reached 228-5 from their allocated 55 overs.

In Wellington’s reply, Alex Wilkinson (2-39) struck early doors before Gareth Williams blew away the middle order, claiming four wickets for just 25 runs.

Spinners Evenson (3-2) and James Ganderton (1-1) then mopped up the tail.

“I was a little unsure about what to do after winning the toss,” Evenson said.

“In the end the decision to bat first paid off as Alexei, Ryan, Jack and Lewis chipped in down the scoreboard.

“To score 228 was a great effort as it was 30 to 40 runs more than what the wicket was worth.

“Historically we are not good at the win/lose/draw format of cricket so to have picked up 24 points at the weekend has given us a boost.”

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