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Brilliant weekend sees Bromsgrove close in on safety
12:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Local
BROMSGROVE secured two emphatic wins over the Bank Holiday weekend to all but secure their future in the Birmingham and District League Division One.
An 86 run win over Moseley on Saturday and a 50 run victory against Brewood on Monday ensured the Boars have a 57 run lead over the bottom two with three matches of the season left.
They ensured the weekend got off to a fine start in Birmingham on Saturday as Ash Newdick and Joe Dodd opened the batting and plundered 145 for the first wicked off just 19 overs.
The pair seized the power plays to perfection and treated all bowlers with very little respect. Dodd was the first out for an aggressive half century.
Alex Kervezee (23) and Jayden Levitt (24) kept the momentum going and supported Newdick who after a circumspect start tucked into the bowling with little respect.
He was finally out for a brilliant 133 that included 16 boundaries.
Lewis Cordes (37) saw the Boars over the 300 mark and he was the last man out in the 48th over as Bromsgrove posted and intimidating 318 to win.
In this win or lose format Moseley needed to get off to a good start but tight bowling and wickets from Mikey Wyres and Nick Husbands put paid to this.
Wyres nipped out two and Husbands the other to leave the home side struggling at 68-3.
Only Matthew Pickering (67) showed any resilience to the task but was always up against it.
He became the second victim to Kervezee (2-19) before Rhodes and Ganderton finished off the innings for 231ao in 47 overs.
On Monday, Bromsgrove entertained bottom of the table Brewood who needed a win to stand any chance of staying in the league.
Bromsgrove themselves had their own issues to sort out and knew that they also needed a win allow them to enjoy the final three games of the season.
Returning skipper Mark Evenson won the toss and chose to bat first on a good looking pitch.
After the early exchanges it was Brewood who looked the dominant team.
Newdick and Jayden Levitt recorded ducks to leave Bromsgrove teetering at 24-3.
Despite the best efforts of George Rhodes (26) and Cordes (20) Bromsgrove found themselves in further trouble at 84-6.
However, Dan Naughton (37) and Evenson (36) got the momentum back into the innings in a crucial partnership of 64 before Wyres smashed 28 off 15 balls to give Bromsgrove a defendable 195 off 50 overs.
A good start was required and delivered by veteran seamer Husbands who ripped out three wickets in his first 9 balls to leave the visitors in trouble at 17-3.
After this blitz, Brewood settled themselves down and got ahead of the run rate and put Bromsgrove back under pressure.
Heyneke (33) always looked like he could take the game away but needed support and found this in Evans (31).
The pair took the score 60 and then Wedge (27no) also kept the pressure but a double strike from James Ganderton and a run out swung the balance back.
Evenson returned for his final over and took the final two wickets to secure victory in a match that seemed to all those involved much closer than the 50 run winning margin.
Bromsgrove can mathematically make sure of safety if they win at second from bottom Leamington on Saturday (noon start).
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