20th Oct, 2018

Skipper Evenson hoping Bromsgrove can put poor result at Attock quickly behind them ahead of Tamworth test

Craig Gibbons 19th Jul, 2017 Updated: 20th Jul, 2017

SKIPPER Mark Evenson hopes Bromsgrove can put their losing draw at bogey side Attock quickly behind them as they prepare to take on Birmingham League Division One title hopefuls Tamworth this weekend.

The Boars have now gone four years without securing a victory at Moseley side Attock as they walked away with seven points for a losing draw.

Arsalaan Mahmood scored 110 for the bottom-of-the-table hosts as they racked up 229 to set the visitors a challenging target.

It was a day for the spinners with Ash Newfield taking 3-40 and Mark Evenson 2-29 while Gareth Williams (1-27) and Alex Kervezee (1-30) both bowled frugal spells.

Jayden Levitt top scored in the Boars reply with 58 and he was well supported by Ryan Pedley (26 from 80 balls) and Lewis Cordes (22 from 52 balls).

However, the early loss of both Newfield and Kervezee meant Bromsgrove’s lower order were forced to hold out for the draw.

After looking good at 91-2, Bromsgrove collapsed to 116-6 before eventually reaching 166-8.

“Historically, Attock has never been a happy hunting ground for us, irrespective of their league position,” Evenson admitted.

“After winning the toss we decided to bowl but we gave Attock a few early boundaries and before we knew it they were off to a flier.

“Luckily we managed to limit them to 229 as they were headed for about 270 and we were confident of chasing their score down.

“But in typical Bromsgrove fashion we had a middle order collapse which knocked the stuffing out of us.

“We just have to move on from this and think that the seven points were better than none.”

Evenson will be naming an unchanged side for a fourth consecutive week ahead of Saturday’s clash against second placed Tamworth at St Godwald’s Park.

And the Boars skipper is hoping some solidity at the crease comes sooner rather than later.

“We always talk about going to basics but fundamentally we cannot afford to lose four or five wickets for just 20 runs,” he added.

“That is something we have to eradicate from our game if we want to push further up the table.

“We are unchanged once again and I cannot see any reason why we cannot get a win over Tamworth.

“Everybody knows their roles so it is a case of carrying those out to get a positive result.”

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