BROMSGROVE skipper Mark Evenson believes which side handles the conditions the best will decide Saturday’s top-of- the-table clash at home to Womborne.
Third-placed Boars are aiming to grab a victory which closes the slender 23-point gap between themselves and the table-toppers in the Birmingham and District League Division One.
However, the captain is aware how the season has been disrupted by the constant wet weather and admits that has made the summer a tough one to predict.
He said: “Womborne are top of the table on merit, they consistently score between 280 and 290 runs and have the most outright wins, so this is going to be a big test for us.
“But with the weather being the way it is, a lot depends on who wins the toss.
“If we can put Womborne in they will have to cope with a wet pitch but obviously, it’s up to our bowlers to use that surface to their advantage.
“This is a massive game for us, a win will really close the gap on them and mean we go into the second half of the season in good shape.”
While Evenson and the team are gearing up for the big match at St Godwalds, the captain believes the wet weather may have a bigger say than usual in deciding who wins promotion.
With the last three months being one of the wettest on record, teams have struggled to play more than a handful of 55 over matches.
“It’s very frustrating, I’ve never known a season like it,” commented the captain. Teams do not know what to expect and it makes it difficult for groundsmen to prepare surfaces.
“It could be the league is decided by the team that plays the most games, rather than actually being the best.
“At the moment we have played a lot of reduced over matches and in matches like that, all it takes is one or two players to have a good game.”
Evenson and Alexei Kervezee are both available again after missing Saturday’s game at struggling Whitcurch, which was abandoned after 20 overs, with the home side reduced to 56-2.
The captain added: “Whitchurch were desperate for the game to go ahead as they need the points but it became clear it couldn’t continue.
“It was frustrating, you want to be playing teams like that when there’s a good chance of picking up the points.”
Saturday’s clash starts at noon.