A STAND of 156 between Dominic Harding (91) and Andrew Sutton (69no) sent Barnt Green on their way to a much-needed victory over Dorridge in Birmingham & District Premier Division One.
The 36-run victory at Cherry Hill Road provided The Green with their second maximum-points victory of the season.
After reaching 262-5 in their innings, they dismissed the visitors for 226 in 52 overs.
After electing to bat first, openers Matthew Lamb (65) and Jacques Banton (16) put on 35 for the first wicket before the latter’s dismissal by David Ball (3-66).
Rheedyi Amin (14) offered some useful support at number three, while Lamb was trapped lbw by Siddhesh Dixit shortly after the hosts passed the 100-run mark.
From there, Sutton and Harding smashed their way to a commanding stand of 156 prior to Harding’s dismissal by Ball to leave the score 260-4.
Two balls later, a fifth wicket was taken when number six Tom Brown (0) was caught by Edward Thompson off Ball’s delivery
Dorridge put on a stand of 47 to open their innings, with Fahad Sabir (21) providing good support to Aarib Khan (61) before being dismissed.
Ball fell cheaply to leave them 51-2 when caught by Brown from a delivery by Adam Hines (3-47), but the visitors quickly recovered thanks to a third-wicket partnership of 86 between Khan and Dixit (62).
The stand took them to 137 before Khan was bowled by Banton, a dismissal that led to a middle-order slump for Dorridge.
Joe Dodd (13), Dixit, Edward Thompson (4) and Jasper Grace (1) all headed back to the pavilion in the space of seven overs.
Mark Swanick (29) offered valuable runs to take Dorridge over the 200-run mark before he was the eighth wicket, as the innings soon came to an end.
George Seeley (8) was run out by Harding, followed by James Ayres’ dismissal for a duck by Sutton (3-40) in the 52nd over to win the game for Barnt Green.
The result lifts The Green into fifth, a position they can strengthen with a win against bottom-of-the-table hosts Kenilworth Wardens at Glasshouse Park on Saturday (noon).