20th Oct, 2018

Skipper Evenson frustrated as another washout ends Bromsgrove's top four hopes

Craig Gibbons 20th Sep, 2017

BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson admitted a sense of disappointment that another abandonment saw the Boars finish outside the top four of the Birmingham League Division One.

Saturday’s game at Leamington was abandoned after just 18 overs, with Evenson’s side sitting pretty at 149-2 with the help of an unbeaten 74 from opener Jayden Levitt.

And with Bridgnorth escaping the weather to secure victory over Attock, the Shropshire side jumped above Bromsgrove into fourth, leaving Evenson’s side to end the campaign in fifth.

This disappointment followed after their promotion hopes were brought to an abrupt end a fortnight ago when their home clash against league runners-up Moseley also fell foul of the weather.

“It’s very frustrating to end the season with back-to-back abandonments,” he said.

“At one point it looked as though we were going to finish seventh on Saturday afternoon but luckily some results went our way to secure us fifth.

“Admittedly that was not what we set out to achieve at the start of the year but it is an improvement on last season’s eighth-placed finish.

“There’s still plenty to improve on and we will be looking to do that next season.”

Reflecting on the season as a whole, Evenson was left impressed by the consistency of the results throughout the win/lose/draw format of the game and the Boars’ ability to be a hard nut to crack.

“There has been a good team spirit and ethos this year,” said Evenson.

“We have become harder to beat and improved in the win/lose/draw format of the game which historically we are not good at.

“As a unit we have picked up more losing draws than outright defeats which is a positive thing to take from the season really and something to build on for next year.

“It is also satisfying to know we have competed at our best in about 90 per cent of our games this season.”

Having captained Bromsgrove for 11 consecutive years, Evenson said he would be more than willing to captain the side for another year, but added he would give his full support if the likes of Alexei Kervezee or Ashley Newfield took over the reins.

“Out of the last four or five years, this season has been the one I have enjoyed the most,” he said.

“I would certainly like to stay on as captain for another year but there are a few meetings to be held to discuss this.

“If I stay on as a captain then that is great but if the club want to try a different direction I will give the new skipper all the support he needs.”

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