Glamorgan v Worcestershire: Allenby helps build substantial lead

County Championship Division Two, Cardiff

Close, day two: Worcestershire 123, Glamorgan 235-7

Glamorgan 4pts, Worcestershire 2pts

Match scorecard

Jim Allenby starred for Glamorgan as they built a substantial first-innings lead against Worcestershire at Cardiff.

"Jim Allenby was the best performing all-rounder in the County Championship last season"

Edward Bevan, BBC Sport

(Allenby made 712 runs in 14 matches at 41.88 in 2012, also taking 38 wickets at 22.94)

The Australian all-rounder finished unbeaten on 71 as the home side ended the day in control on 235-7.

Replying to Worcestershire's first-day 123, Glamorgan looked as if their lead might not amount to too much on 150-6.

But despite Alan Richardson and Gareth Andrew claiming three wickets apiece, Allenby's 63-run seventh-wicket stand with Graham Wagg carved a 112-run lead.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Radio Wales' Edward Bevan:

"It was an attritional day's cricket where Worcestershire's seamers never allowed the run rate to get above two-and-a-half runs an over.

"The home team are, however, in a strong position. They were indebted to Ben Wright , Marcus North and top-scorer Jim Allenby, whose partnership with Graham Wagg changed the course of Glamorgan's innings.

"With two days to go and the weather forecast favourable, Glamorgan are favourites to win. Worcestershire will need to bat with far more conviction in the second innings if their are to avoid defeat."