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Boars face huge weekend
10:01am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Local
BROMSGROVE face a make or break Bank Holiday weekend as they look to end their alarming slump of form which has seen them slip towards relegation danger.
The Boars suffered their fourth straight defeat at the hands of Shifnal on Saturday to leave them only 20 points ahead of the relegation zone, despite being in mid-table.
They now take on two sides also embroiled in a battle to escape the drop in the Birmingham League Division One, travelling to Moseley on Saturday and entertaining bottom side Brewood on Monday (both noon start).
Chairman Nick Husbands said: “This is a huge weekend for us.
“If we win both matches then we will be nearly safe but if we lose both we’ll still be fighting against relegation, 20 points in win or lose cricket is nothing at all.
“Like us Moseley and Brewood are fighting for survival so it really is winner takes all.”
Bromsgrove will have to arrest a disappointing run which has de-railed their hopes of a top four finish as another individual display of batting put them to the sword.
In recent weeks the likes of Nick Seager and Michael Johnson have scored centuries against Bromsgrove’s bowlers and lightning struck again as Richard Oliver did the same for Shifnal.
Oliver had already taken five wickets as the away team had posted a formidable score of 282-2, with Ashley Newdick (75), Alexei and Kervezee (60) and Jayden Levitt (45) among the runs.
A break for rain reduced Shifnal’s target for victory and they cruised to that total thanks to Oliver’s swift 145 off 81 balls.
Simon Gregory (49) also added some runs as the home side made 260-2 in 36 overs.
Husbands, himself a frontline bowler, said: “Unfortunately, one or two batsmen have managed to impose themselves on our attack and take the game away from us.
“We’ve had poor batting displays against Barnards Green and Ombersley but in general we’ve batted okay throughout the season.
“Richard Oliver did that again and it’s demoralising for the bowlers but we’ve got a big weekend coming up and we need to get some results.”
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