Rees and Allenby star in Dragons romp
A half-century for Gareth Rees and an all-round contribution from Jim Allenby helped the Welsh Dragons to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Scotland in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
Scotland, who had beaten Bangladesh in a T20 international on Tuesday, were restricted to 151 for nine at the SWALEC Stadium after winning the toss and electing to bat.
The Dragons then reached their target of 152 without too many scares and with 12 overs to spare.
Rees struck 60 not out from 81 balls and Allenby, who had earlier recorded figures of 3-16, hit the winning runs to finish on 39 not out.
Allenby and John Glover, another man to take three wickets, were the main destroyers as the Saltires struggled to recover from being reduced to 54 for five in the opening 16 overs.
They made a decent enough start through openers Josh Davey and Calum MacLeod, who put on 27 for the first wicket, but when the former was caught low down by wicketkeeper Mark Wallace off Simon Jones the wickets began to tumble on a slow pitch.
Three batsmen departed in the space of 23 balls including the key wicket of Jean Symes, who was caught one-handed by Allenby off his own bowling.
Just when the visitors feared they might be bowled out for less than 100, skipper Preston Mommsen and Ewan Chalmers did their best to rebuild the innings.
The sixth-wicket pair added 60 in 19 overs as they tried to get Scotland to a respectable score.
Glover returned to take two wickets in three balls, bowling Mommsen middle stump and trapping Ryan Flannigan leg before.
New ball bowler James Harris then returned at the end to take the wickets of Ewan Chalmers and Craig Wallace.
The Dragons’ openers – Rees and Mark Wallace - made their intentions known from the outset and were helped in their task by Davey, who conceded 30 runs in his first two overs.
Their momentum was halted briefly when Wallace was caught at midwicket off Richie Berrington’s first ball.
Berrington then struck again to remove Chris Cooke, who made a century in a losing cause against Somerset yesterday.
That left the Dragons on 91 for two in the 14th over, but there were no more blemishes as Rees and Allenby saw their side home with 72 balls to spare.