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Levitt stars to help Boars take top spot

Bromsgrove Editorial 5th Jun, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

BROMSGROVE moved to the top of the Birmingham League Division One after collecting a 16-point haul against Harborne last Saturday.

The Boars left the visitors chasing 236, thanks to an impressive innings from Jayden Levitt who fell eight runs short of his century.

The hosts had Harborne on 100-5, but they could only manage two further wickets as their opponents hung on for a losing draw.

The result was enough to see Bromsgrove climb above Smethwick, Barnards Green and Leamington Spa to reach the summit.

Having been skittled out for just 100 against Attock last week, the Boars’ openers looked determined to bounce back as they got off to a  stellar start. Harborne appeared to have no answer as Levitt reached his 50 as part of a century stand with Ashley Newfield.

This partnership was finally broken when Levitt (92) was run out by Humais Butt, but Harborne still had a mountain to climb, with Bromsgrove on 137-1. Newfield was eventually dismissed for 40 along with Alexei Kervezee who made 22 off 20 balls.

Tom Green and Adam Jones fell in quick succession, but fortunately for Bromsgrove Ryan Pedley added a plucky 34 before he was stumped by Alex Perry off Darren Franklin.

Harborne had it all to do to stand a chance of winning, but they suffered an early set back when William Tuffin removed Tom Arnold (1).

His partner, Guriq Randhawa (28), dug deep, but Harborne could not find another batsman to stick with him.

Tuffin and James Ganderton took the wickets of Jimmy Clifford and Shehan Fernando as Harborne’s hopes faded.

Needing four wickets to win, with the away side on 118, Bromsgrove would have been looking to kick on.

But George Land showed real grit and determination to finish on 43 not out.

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