BROMSGROVE slipped from top spot in Division One of the Birmingham League, but maintained their positive start to the season with a winning draw at Old Hill.
The Boars now lie third but just a single point behind joint-leaders Smethwick and Walsall, as they head to Leamington Spa on Saturday.
Opener Ash Newfield led the way with the bat, hitting 61, in Bromsgrove’s 214-9 against Black Country hosts Old Hill at the Haden Hill Ground.
Then Alexei Kervezee claimed three wickets as Old Hill stumbled to 110-6 but the hosts managed to deal with everything thrown at them to end on 167-6.
Batting first, the Boars suffered a rare failure from the in form Jayden Levitt (1) but Kervezee blasted a quick 30 at number 3. After he got out, Newfield had to adopt a more patient approach as wickets fell around him.
After Newfield was out stumped for 61 off 94 balls, a superb rear guard action from Tom Hill (38 not out) and Mark Evenson (22) took the Boars from 143-7 to 214-9 off their 55 overs.
Old Hill’s innings started in the worst possible way when Will Tuffin had skipper Danny Cox caught out in the first over. Tom Russell also struck in his first team debut ,taking the wicket of Monil Patel for 10, but it was the miserly spell of bowling from Kervezee, who took three for just 31 off 17 overs, that forced Old Hill to back off their run chase and settle for the losing draw.
Playing host to visitors Water Orton, the Seconds crashed to a second successive defeat.
After losing both openers for 0, Bromsgrove failed to recover and it was only lower order scores from Mikey Wyres (29) and Mark Meacham (17no) that allowed them to sneak to 120 all out.
Despite tight bowling spells from all of the Town bowlers, wickets were at a premium as Water Orton took their time to reach their target off 33 overs with three wickets down.
In Worcestershire League Division Four, Mike Bennison scored a swashbuckling 152 as Bromsgrove Thirds racked up 325 from 50 overs against Himley.
Bennison’s innings, including 28 fours and one six off 135 balls, included a 182-run stand with Paul Hutchins (66) for the second wicket.
Himley put in a strong shift in reply and Jordan Whitehouse topscored with 84 but once Jimmy Abbs departed for 51 the visitors sensibly focussed on maximising their batting points to finish on 242-5.
At Himley, Bromsgrove’s Fourths also put on a show, with Harry Smith hitting a century in a total of 334-6. Smith finished on 134 and was well supported by Tom Hope (52).
Himley’s reply was similar to their Third XI with the home team reaching maximum batting points for the loss of nine wickets.
Bromsgrove bowed out of the Challenge Cup on Wednesday after a four-wickets defeat at home to Barnards Green.
The Boars posted 151 off their 20 overs but it was not enough.