A SPARKLING 118 by Alexei Kervezee was the highlight of Bromsgrove’s winning draw against Sutton Coldfield in Division One of the Birmingham League.
Sutton reduced Bromsgrove to two for two at St Godwald’s Park but a third-wicket stand of 192 between Worcestershire’s in-form Kervezee (118) and Yogesh Malhotra (63) placed them in a strong position to reach their eventual total of 267 all out.
In reply, Sutton finished on at 175 for eight.
Bromsgrove had won the toss and decided to bat but the rapid departures of Ashley Newfield and Lewis Cordes left the hosts wondering if they had made the right decision.
But Kervezee led the fightback, smashing 118 off 108 balls in an innings which included 15 fours and four sixes.
Malhotra was more circumspect with 63 off 104 balls but with late support from Graham Whiles (18 not out), Evenson (20) and Alex Wilkinson (11) helped them to 267 all out off the penultimate ball.
Steven Howard took three for 65 for Sutton.
In reply, Aaron Thomason top scored with 82 in a vital third-wicket stand of 91 with James Hunt (34).
Both were dismissed by Evenson (three for 56), and after that Sutton were content to hang on for a draw.
Wilkinson took 2-25 and Kervezee finished with 2-15.
Bromsgrove took 17 points to Sutton’s eight.
On Saturday, Bromsgrove travel to Shropshire side Bridgnorth, who lie just one place and two points above them.