Ash on fire in opening win

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BROMSGROVE CC survived the wet weather to secure a 42-run victory over Moseley in their opening Birmingham and District League Division One match.

The Boars, whose game was reduced to 45 overs-a-side, find themselves top of the table after all the other games were rained off.

Bromsgrove, who were put in by Moseley, saw opening batsmen Ashley Newdick and Adam Gailey tested early by Fred Eburah.

But it was Jagtar Dulai who strike first as he dismissed Gailey lbw for 10.

New signing George Rhodes then joined Newdick and they saw out the new ball to take the score to 48 before Eburah had the former caught behind for five.

Jayden Levitt was next in for Bromsgrove, and together with Newdick, they began to dominate the home bowling with a 72-run partnership as the Boars reached 126 before the latter was stumped for 74.

League debutant Joel Tratt hit a 30-ball 31, while Levitt put on a well-constructed half-century.

Tom Green put the icing on the cake with 29 off 15 balls as the visitors posted an impressive 219-5.

With the temperature not rising above six degress all day, Bromsgrove took to the field looking for early wickets.

The opening partnership of captain Abdul Hafeez and Simon Chase put on 43 for the first wicket before the skipper fell to Mikey Wyres.

This brought to the crease Warwickshire’s Laurie Evans who began to dominate proceedings with some excellent stroke play.

He and Chase (43) took the score to 85 before the latter was trapped lbw by Boars captain Mark Evenson.

Moseley then lost wickets at regular intervals with Evenson (3-61) and James Ganderton (3-43) impressing.

An inspired bowling change saw the return of Tom Underhill, who found the edge of Jason Robinson’s bat for seven, before serving up a wide full toss to Evans, 90 off 66 balls, who duly smashed it to Rhodes at cover as Moseley were dismissed for 177.

Bromsgrove entertain Smethwick in their first home game of the season on Saturday (noon start).

n Barnt Green’s home clash with Kidderminster Victoria was abandoned before a ball was bowled in anger because of the rain.

Dougie Brown’s side take on Walsall away on Saturday (noon start).

n Newly-promoted Ombersley, whose home game with Whitchurch was rained off, are at Old Hill on Saturday (noon start).

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