Glamorgan – The 12 Innings Of Christmas (2011, Pt.4)

Gareth Rees, 110 (vs Lancashire)
Clydesdale Bank 40 | Old Trafford, Manchester | 08 May
2011

Gareth Rees

The second 50 came up like 'Reesed' lightning.

Much has been said, and perhaps more could be added, about personnel changes made following the 2010 season. It was made explicitly clear that Glamorgan had up their game in terms of limited overs cricket, not that it mitigates the public fall-out after Jamie Dalrymple was removed as captain.

Three games into the Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign, and nothing seemed to have changed. Two defeats and a no result – had it all been it worth it? Probably not, it seemed. Before despondency fully took control, however, a win was found! And Gareth Rees had a lot to do with setting the Dragons on that victorious course…

Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bat at Old Trafford against Lancashire, a side who included some Ashes hero called James Anderson in the line-up. It did little to stir Rees, however. A 78-run stand with Alviro Petersen settled Glammy, before the Swansea southpaw powered on through to the end of the 40 overs.

The first 50 came off 64 deliveries, but the second took just 32 more. Three sixes catapulted the strike rate up on his way to what was an imperious ton. It was just the second time that Rees had managed a century in one-day cricket, but it was a valuable one, it was an assured one and, crucially, it was a match-winning one.

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