Glamorgan v Worcestershire, Cardiff, 2nd day April 18, 2013

Allenby gives Glamorgan control

Glamorgan 235 for 7 (Allenby 71*) lead Worcestershire 123 by 112 runs

Jim Allenby scored an unbeaten half century to put Glamorgan in a handy position at the end of the second day of their County Championship Division Two match against Worcestershire in Cardiff.

Allenby scored 71 not out with the Welsh county finishing on 235 for 7 - a lead of 112 - after Worcestershire were bowled out for only 123 on the first day. There were also useful contributions from opener Ben Wright (40) and Marcus North (48) in a low-scoring contest, while Worcestershire seam duo Alan Richardson and Gareth Andrew claimed three wickets apiece.

An hour's play was lost to rain in the middle of the morning session and when the players returned to the middle Andrew made the breakthrough by bowling Will Bragg to leave Glamorgan 22 for 1. Andrew was on target again after lunch, trapping Stewart Walters in front straight after the right-hander had cover driven the bowler for 4.

North and Wright gave the Glamorgan innings some impetus by putting on a valuable 59 for the third wicket. Glamorgan had reached the 100-mark but, in the next over, Wright pushed forward and edged behind to give Richardson his first wicket.

Former Sussex batsman Murray Goodwin still has to make double figures at the start of his Glamorgan career and he went for only 1 when he was caught at point by Neil Pinner to leave the home side 114 for 3.

Allenby duly dispatched David Lucas for successive fours through the covers as Glamorgan went into the lead just before tea. Resuming the evening session on 134 for 4, North looked certain to get his half century but he was two short of the target as he went leg before to Richardson.

Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace only made one from 11 balls before edging Andrew behind. But the Glamorgan seventh-wicket pair of Allenby and Graham Wagg proved more useful. Allenby registered the first 50 by a Glamorgan player this season and also brought up his side's first batting point of the summer.

The second new ball accounted for Wagg who top-edged Richardson to Lucas ending a 63-run partnership with Allenby. Dean Cosker did a good job of guiding Glamorgan to the close with no further scares as the first innings lead went to three figures.