Husbands answers the call as Boars gore Wolves

Captain Mark Evenson in action. Picture: CRAIG ROSS

Back for more: Nick Husbands came out of retirement to add some pace to Bromsgrove's attack.

First published in Sport

BROMSGROVE moved to second in the Birmingham League Division One after beating Wolverhampton by two wickets on Saturday.

Chairman Nick Husbands came out of retirement to fill the void left by the injured Graeme Whiles and rolled back the years with the ball with 2-47.

The Boars have endured a fractured beginning after two of their first four matches were abandoned but two victories have made them one of the division's early pace setters.

That has been without the services of the impressive Whiles, who broke a finger while playing for Worcestershire's second when playing against Gloucestershire.

The rookie seamer had taken three five wicket hauls in a row before his hand was hit by a ball.

Captain Mark Evenson said: "We're not sure how long Graeme will be missing for but he's been very unlucky.

"But Nick came back and did very well, he played an important role.

"It has been a good start to the season, we've won the games we played but it's still very early in the season to judge."

Wolverhampton elected to bat but with Husbands rolling back the years, they were pinned down by the Boars.

Saif Bhojani was the pick of their batting line up with a very good 60 off 112 balls but Bromsgrove's Will Tuffin took his first wicket in first team cricket when he removed Tom Fell (27).

Bromsgrove’s spinners got to work with Evenson (1-26 ), James Ganderton (1-38) and Ashley Newdick (2-23) taking wickets at regular intervals as Wolverhampton were kept to 198-8.

Bromsgrove made a strong start to their reply and reached 93 without loss with Joe Dodd (37) and Newdick (40) looking secure.

But Wolverhampton's Dale Quiney took 3-27, as the hosts slipped to 105-4.

Jayden Levitt struck a much-needed 40 and Tom Green 19 supported well, before Ganderton (14no) hit the winning runs.

Bromsgrove travel to fourth-placed Barnards Green on Saturday (noon start).

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