Leicestershire v Glamorgan, Grace Road, 2nd day May 22, 2013

Leics left deflated after Allenby ton

Leicestershire 142 (Hogan 4-25, Glover 4-51) trail Glamorgan 442 for 9 dec. (Allenby 138*) by 300 runs

Jim Allenby hit an unbeaten 138 against his old county as Glamorgan totally dominated the second day against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Glamorgan declared 442 for 9 and by the close their battery of seam bowlers had routed Leicestershire for 142.

Michael Hogan took 4 for 25 and John Glover 4 for 51 as Leicestershire were rolled over in 44.3 overs. Josh Cobb was top scorer with 29 while Australian Joe Burns managed 21 on his debut. It left the home side 300 runs behind, facing the prospect of being asked to follow-on.

It was all a far cry from Allenby's performance that had him celebrating his first century against Leicestershire since he left them to join Glamorgan four years ago. And it beat his previous best Championship score of 137 against Surrey at the Oval in 2009.

Having been dropped on 20, Allenby began the day needing 11 runs to reach fifty. Three boundaries off Nathan Buck quickly took him there and from that point on Glamorgan piled on the runs in fluent style. In all, they added another 186 runs in 48 overs to their overnight 256 for 5.

Graham Wagg ensured a fourth batting point with a reverse sweep to the boundary off Jigar Naik in the 110th over and went on to reach his half century off 83 balls with seven fours. Allenby's century off 160 balls with a six and nine fours came in the same over with the seventh wicket pair sharing a stand of 117. Glamorgan declared when the ninth wicket fell with Allenby 138 not out off 204 balls and Leicestershire needing 293 to avoid the follow on.

Glamorgan's bowlers then took over, ripping through Leicestershire's top order with the first five wickets falling for 47 runs in 16 overs. It was a hapless batting effort from the hosts, and when Hogan took the final wicket in the penultimate over of the day, Leicestershire were left facing a massive task to avoid defeat inside three days.

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  • martin on May 23, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    A few Leics batsman need a score, but rain may be their best chance of saving this one. Too many of the Leics batsman have batting career averages in the 20's and sooner or later youthful promise has to step up and deliver. Problem for Leics is that they don't have the money to bring in some experienced pros like Goodwin to help the youngsters along. You know you are in trouble when the likes of Cobb with a career batting average of 22 is one of your most experienced batsman. The trouble is they will continue to lose their best young players like Thakor unless they can put together a team to get out of Div 2. Right now that goal is a long way off. They are a decent one day outfit, but pretty woeful in the County Championship. Sad days for Leicestershire.

  • Peter on May 23, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    It was my first trip to Grace Road yesterday and although not a follower of either team hoped to see some good cricket. I was rewarded with a nice batting display from both Allenby and Wagg, but it was Leics bowling that disappointed me so much. There seems to be very little they could do against either batsman and it was Wagg who got himself out trying to push the score along, Im quite sure if Allenby was still there next week they would have no plans on how to remove him. Im afraid it looks like another bottom of the table season for Leics but if Glamorgan continue as they did in the 3 hours I saw yesterday they could be pushing towards the top.

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