26th Jul, 2017

Rees tonne fires Barnards Green to victory at Attock

DANNIE REES hit a century as Barnards Green picked up their first Birmingham League Division One win with an emphatic 90-run victory at Attock.

The North End Lane outfit took to the field in Moseley on Saturday hoping to banish the nightmares of last week’s crushing 348-run home defeat to Tamworth.

And after being put into bat, Green’s opener Ryan Tongue and Andy Ford took the visitors past the 50 mark in the 11th over.

The partnership blossomed as Ford brought up his 50 with a huge six and soon after he brought up the 100 with a lofted drive which went for four.

Junaid Khan finally broke through as Tongue skied one to Sarfraz Ali at mid-on for 38, which brought George Rhodes to the crease.

Ford finally fell leg-before for 62, leaving the Green at 107-2.

Rees joined Rhodes in the middle with the pair pushing the score past 150 midway through their innings.

Rhodes raced to 50 off just 54 balls but Rees went one better with his half century coming off 41.

The partnership of 134 was finally ended as Rhodes was caught by Rawait Khan in the covers for 62.

Josh Tongue came in at five and played sensibly, allowing Rees to have the majority of the strikes.

The Green passed 250 in the 40th over and Rees completed his maiden century soon after, his 100 coming off 70 balls.

Tongue was then dismissed for 14 but Phil Harris and Rees continued to add the runs before the latter was sent back to the pavilion for 125 with the visitors sitting on 329-6.

Harris (32) was the next to go before debutant Oli Swift and Will Dovey took the Green to a formidable 350-7.

In reply Attock started aggressively, with 50 runs comings off the first nine overs.

But a shrewd change of bowling saw Jon Dovey remove Arsalaan Mahmood (13) and Rawait Khan.

MQ Khan (49) joined Omar Masood at the crease but on the verge of his half century he nicked one to Andy Ford, giving Dovey his third wicket.

Sarmad Bhatti (32) was the next to go for Attock who were quickly falling further behind the run rate and Duckworth Lewis par score.

Khan’s (81) innings was then brought to an end and with light fading fast with nine overs remaining, the umpires had no option but to take the players off.

Attock finished with 214-5, giving Green a 20-point victory by 90 runs (DLS).