Full Name

James Allenby

Born

September 12, 1982, Western Australia

Age

38y 216d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Playing Role

Allrounder

Height

6ft

Education

Christ Church Grammar School, Perth

TEAMS

Jim Allenby, a solid county performer, made Somerset his third county when he joined them from Glamorgan ahead of the 2015 season, stating that as an allrounder beyond his 30th birthday he needed to be winning trophies. Those ambitions were not immediately met and instead Allenby was unfortunate to become the butt of a section of the Taunton crowd, leading him to be dubbed as one of the most persistently barracked cricketers in the county game.

A powerful striker of the ball, Allenby's all-round skills make him a particularly useful addition to Somerset's Twenty20 squad. He swung the ball at lively medium pace, held vital slip catches and also skippered the side in limited-overs formats for two seasons from 2016 as Marcus Trescothick, a long-time county hero, stood down as captain and was persuaded to pare back his involvement in the one-day game. A career-best 144 against a former county, Glamorgan, in the 50-over competition was a highlight of his final season.

Allenby played in the 2006 domestic Twenty20 final for Leicestershire and towards the end of that season he gained an opening in their Championship team, hitting a century against Essex in the final round of matches and followed that up with a match-winning, unbeaten, half-century in the run chase. In 2008, he became the first player in Twenty20 Cup history to achieve four wickets with four consecutive balls, when he removed Lancashire Lightning players Kyle Hogg, Steven Croft, Dominic Cork and Sajid Mahmood.

Australian by birth and educated in Perth, in 2006-07 he made his Australian domestic debut in a Twenty20 game for Western Australia, but stated his ambitions to play for England. Although that goal quickly led to a county contract with Leicestershire, it ultimately led to his departure from Grace Road in 2009 when he stated that he needed a county that could help him fulfil his international ambitions.

He eventually moved to Glamorgan, hardly the first port of call for England selectors, but quickly became a vital cog in their limited-overs sides while also nailing down a spot in their Championship side. He was a potent force in the Glamorgan side which reached the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 in 2013, against Nottinghamshire, but could not prevent them falling to a third defeat in three Lord's finals.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC153240307784138*37.061325058.741056992721650
List A121115133035144*29.75346487.61118470
T2013712616322411029.302615123.2822031793350
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC1532331805779022986/5410/12826.512.6260.501251
List A12136483011845/435/4335.844.9543.40310
T201379915642070605/215/2134.507.9426.00020

Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Somerset vs Hampshire70/718-Aug-2017SouthamptonT20
Somerset vs Glamorgan210/813-Aug-2017TauntonT20
Somerset vs Kent1--12-Aug-2017TauntonT20
Somerset vs Surrey90/1307-Aug-2017TauntonFC
Somerset vs Surrey5--06-Aug-2017TauntonT20

Photos


New bat, please: Jim Allenby's willow didn't stand up well against Ryan Sidebottom
Andy Hodd's excited appeal proved successful as Jim Allenby was given lbw
Jim Allenby struck three times before lunch
Jim Allenby on the attack
Jim Allenby was bowled swinging across the line of a slower ball
Jim Allenby took three wickets in six balls