Allenby hit 14 fours and 3 sixes (©GettyImages)
Allenby hit 14 fours and 3 sixes (©GettyImages).

Jim Allenby ton inspires Glamorgan to win over Middlesex

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Glamorgan's good t20 Blast form continued on Thursday night as they beat bottom side Middlesex by six wickets at Old Deer Park.

Having won the toss and elected to bat on a flat surface, Eoin Morgan got to work, with his partnership with Dawid Malan worth 76.

After falling to a high catch off Michael Hogan, Morgan's side pressed on, with Dan Christian bludgeoning the ball to all parts of the Richmond ground during his 48 off 29, a knock which included five sixes. 

Malan, anchoring the innings, ended unbeaten on 68, with youngster Ryan Higgins on a handy 17 not out from 10 balls at the other end.

On a surface which favoured slower bowlers, Jacques Rudolph ended with the best figures, with his two overs going for just 13 runs and including the wicket of Joe Denly.

Allenby, in his usual innovative style, opened with two spinners in Rudolph and Andrew Salter, and it proved to be an excellent decision. The slow bowlers were economical, whilst seamers Hogan and Owen both proved expensive.

In the chase, Rudolph and Allenby both rocketed along in the powerplay, with the score reaching 57/0 after the first six overs of the Dragons' innings.

The relentless hitting continued regardless of Morgan's bowling changes, and at 136/0 off 14 overs, the victory looked as though it would be comfortable.

However, Neil Dexter, bowling the 15th over, went for just five runs and had Rudolph caught for 42, giving the hosts a glimmer of hope.

Patel's tight over then meant 39 was required from the last for overs. This was undoubtedly a tough ask but with Allenby and the dangerous Wallace at the crease, it looked distinctly possible.

Wallace plundered 15 off James Harris in one over, leaving an attainable target of 24 runs from 18 balls. Allenby brought up his century - which included 14 fours and three sixes -  in the penultimate over, before falling two balls later to Harris for 105.

Ben Wright fell at the next delivery, but Chris Cooke and Stewart Walters kept cool heads to seal the victory with three balls to spare.

Next up for Glamorgan is a tough game against Somerset at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on Friday night, which is previewed here.

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