Allenby guides Glamorgan win with allround display
Glamorgan 115 for 3 beat Hampshire 114 for 9 by seven wickets
James Allenby produced another fine all-round performance as Glamorgan Dragons celebrated their second consecutive Friends Provident t20 win with a seven-wicket success over Hampshire Royals under floodlights in Cardiff. Following up his 54 and 3 for 23 in the win over Gloucestershire last Friday, Allenby made 52 from 55 balls and recorded figures of 2 for 18.
But the platform for Glamorgan's win was set by the spinners Robert Croft and Jamie Dalrymple, who helped to restrict the visitors to 114 for 9 from their 20 overs. Glamorgan, guided by Allenby, reached their target but with only four balls to spare.
Opening with spin at both ends on a used pitch paid dividends for Glamorgan. Croft's sixth ball bowled England World Twenty20 star Michael Lumb with one that turned. And in the next over Dalrymple nearly had Jimmy Adams caught at mid-on, but although he escaped the catch he was run out looking for a quick single.
In the fourth over Croft struck again, having Sean Ervine trapped leg before on the back foot as the Royals crumbled to 18 for 3. And though Hampshire looked as though they were navigating their way out of trouble through Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie, the latter was bowled via an inside edge.
Spin accounted for seven of the first 10 overs as Hampshire were restricted to 54 for 4 at the halfway mark. But there was no let up with fast bowler Shaun Tait's first two overs going for just eight runs. Dalrymple struck again three overs later as Hampshire new recruit, Dan Christian holed out to deep midwicket to leave Hampshire 65 for 5. Croft finished with figures of 2 for 16.
As Hampshire went in pursuit of quick runs at the end, top scorer Carberry (34 from 48 balls) and Abdul Razzaq both holed out to long on from successive Allenby balls. Dominic Cork took his side past 100 with a six and a four before being bowled.
In reply, Allenby shared in decent partnerships with Mark Cosgrove, who suffered a dubious leg before dismissal, and Dalrymple, who was brilliantly caught by Christian one-handed at backward point, before he and Gareth Rees saw the Dragons home.