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By Jamie Arrowsmith 07/06 Updated: 07/06 16:49
A SENSATIONAL innings from Ash Newdick helped Bromsgrove make a quick return to Birmingham League Division One winning ways with an 83-run home success against Coventry and North Warwickshire on Saturday.
Newdick carried his bat for 165, an innings that included 18 fours and three sixes, as Bromsgrove bounced back from the previous week’s disappointing defeat against Walmley.
Skipper Mark Evenson chose to bat first and he would have been delighted with his decision as Newdick dominated the visitors’ bowling attack, although they did give him a life when he was dropped on 40.
Fellow opener Adam Gailey was also in good form and made 51 whilst George Rhodes was another to enjoy the conditions, making 71 out of a partnership of 186 to help push the final total to 304-4.
Evenson decided to declare two overs early in order to give his men two extra overs to try and bowl Coventry out and they were almost required.
The captain led the way with the ball as he returned figures of 3-32 but Coventry made Bromsgrove work hard for their wickets throughout.
Matt Pickering’s 56 and Sam Smart’s 70 proved the main obstacles for Bromsgrove who secured their success with three balls of the 55th over remaining when Tom Underhill (2-45) trapped Vic Clements lbw with the total on 221.
All of the bowlers enjoyed success with Alexei Kervezee (1-51), James Ganderton (1-34) and Newdick (1-25) getting in on the act.
“It was a great response from the lads after the Walmley defeat and the win keeps our confidence levels high,” Evenson said.
“It is never easy to bowl sides out in 55 overs, especially on a good batting surface, but we all stuck to our task and got the job done.”
Evenson reserved special praise for Newdick, saying: “It was a superb innings from Ash but it wasn’t really a surprise to us because he has done it before.
“He struck the ball very cleanly and hit it to all parts, dominating the bowling from ball one.
“He has been in good form all season and hopefully he can carry it and help us get to where we want to be come the end of the campaign.”
Bromsgrove, who travel to Kenilworth Wardens tomorrow, sit second in the table and Evenson said he is pleased with the start his side have made to the season.
“What we have done is given ourselves a platform to build on and the chance to gain some momentum.
“We didn’t start well last year so never really had the chance to kick on but we are playing some good cricket this time around and everybody is contributing.
“Teams are aware at the minute of how good a side we are and that is a nice position to be in.
“Kenilworth are not a team of superstars, so to speak, but they have a lot of players who are capable of putting their hand up and producing the goods.
“They certainly won’t roll over and make life easy for us, but we will go there with confidence and hope to return with the majority of the points.
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