BROMSGROVE Cricket Club have been busy boosting their batting line-up ahead of the forthcoming Birmingham League campaign by bringing in Worcestershire’s Alex Milton.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Milton replaces Warwickshire’s Aaron Thomason, while experienced Mike Hingley will add further to Bromsgrove’s top order.

Long serving skipper Mark Evenson will be starting his 24th season with the club, he said: “Without doubt our batting let us down last season and it’s an area where we need to improve.

“Last season we were only averaging scores around 160 with the bat and you’re not going to win many games with scores like that.

“In addition we only won one of our first six games, that wasn’t good enough and it’s clear where we need to be more competitive."

“Alex will add much needed depth to the batting and can play anywhere in the top four. We’re also likely to see much more of Alex compared to Aaron Thomason who only turned out three or four times for us last season."

Milton is no stranger to Bromsgrove’s St Godwald's Park having played there while attending Malvern College before going onto university.

The arrival of Mike Hingley is also a big bonus having previously played for Old Hill, Walsall and Wombourne.

Evenson revealed: “Mike is a former Warwickshire Academy player and although he has already played for a number of clubs is still relatively young and capable of making big scores at this level of cricket.

“He’s recently changed jobs and is now able to commit much more to his cricket.

“Mike adds to a top order that also includes Ash Newfield, Ryan Pedley, and Jayden Levitt, which makes for a formidable top five. But we’ve also got the likes of Deon Patel, Jack Taylor and Tom Hill to call upon."

Bromsgrove commence their Birmingham League campaign at home to local rivals Halesowen on April 20.