ATTOCK are through to the quarter-finals of their T20 group, after overcoming Hampton & Solihull on Monday by 35 runs.
The win compensates for a weekend devoid of action, after the Warwickshire County Cricket League Premier Division clash with Sutton Coldfield was one of a number of matches called off due to the persistent rainfall.
Hamza Nadeem hit an unbeaten 49 in the first innings, before Attock’s bowlers kept the visitor’s total down to 88-7 from their 20 overs faced.
Winning the toss and batting first, the hosts lost opener Mohin Khan (19) at 24-1 when he was caught by Chris Mason from Johangir Khan’s delivery.
Arsalaan Mahmood (4), caught by Nathaniel Mackey from another Khan delivery, and Mohammed Qamar Khan (0), bowled by James Lunn, then followed immediately after with Attock on 24-3.
Safraz Ali (2) was the fourth batsman to be dismissed after being claimed by H&S bowler Matthew Derry, but from there the imperious Nadeem stepped up to the plate and continued to build the host’s run count.
He was helped by runs from Asim Khan (13) and Usama Khan (17), both caught by Matthew Allen from Andrew Mackey and Matt Rollinson deliveries respectively, while Shafiq Khan (4) was run out by A Mackey – as Attock finished on 123-7.
Hampton & Solihull were unable to find their rhythm, despite the best efforts of opener Lunn (18), number four batsman Matthew James (27) and Derry (10), with the remainder of the batting line-up unable to add significant runs.
The visitors finished on 88-7, handing Attock a trip to Handsworth on Friday July 5 for a place in the band A semi-finals.
Attock are back in action this Saturday (noon), when visiting Solihull Municipal in a league fixture at Brick Kiln Lane.