SKIPPER Mark Evenson has warned Bromsgrove not to fizzle out and claim maximum points from their final two Birmingham League Division One fixtures.
Fourth-placed Boars still have an outside chance of securing promotion despite suffering a two-wicket defeat to league leaders Smethwick at St Godwald’s Park on Saturday.
But with another home game against second-placed Moseley this Saturday, Evenson is urging his side to keep the belief.
Bowler Gareth Williams (calf) faces a late fitness test but Ashley Newfield is to return to the squad while Tom Green (work) misses out.
“It’s a big game for us as Moseley are gunning for a win to get promoted but this is the challenge we want,” said Evenson.
“We would very much like the promotion race to go down to the final week but after finishing eighth last season there has been a monumental effort to get us this close.
“We have been around fourth place all season and it is important we do not fizzle out and drop down to sixth or seventh.”
Bromsgrove dropped crucial points against Smethwick as only Alexei Kervezee (85) and Jayden Levitt (62) demonstrated any form with the bat.
Ryan Pedley (16) was the only other batter to reach double figures as the Boars were bowled out for 206 in 42 overs after collapsing from 178-3.
To make matters worse, opening bowler Williams lasted just two balls before suffering a calf injury which prevented him bowling for the rest of the match.
Evenson bowled a tight ten-over spell to return figures of 3-30 but Williams’ experience was surely missed as Smethwick crept home eight wickets down with just an over to spare.
“We started off really well but once Alexei and Jayden left immediately after each other things got very difficult,” Evenson said.
“Winning the toss was important because we wanted to put Smethwick under pressure but I did not envisage a collapse like that.
“As a bowling unit we did very well to try and salvage the game but in the end the batting collapse proved costly.
“There are still two games to go and we will look to right some wrongs this weekend against a very good Moseley side.”