Allenby's crucial blows

TWO crucial sixes from Glamorgan skipper Jim Allenby sealed his side's victory in their rain-affected Friends Life t20 clash over Warwickshire Bears at the Swalec Stadium.

The Dragons, who now have three points in the group along with leaders Somerset and Worcestershire, won by five runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

After winning the toss the Bears reached 141 for five in a match reduced to 18 overs because of the weather. In reply Glamorgan, watched by a crowd of 6,000, needed 146 to win by D/L.

After a pedestrian start on a slow pitch and the loss of Marcus North, Glamorgan accelerated through Allenby who hit two big sixes off Jeetan Patel and Paul Best.

And when the umpires - George Sharp and Richard Illingworth - took the players from the field for the final time Glamorgan had got ahead of the D-L rate of 57 to reach a match-winning position of 62 for one, with Shaun Marsh on 35 from 25 balls and Allenby 24 from 15.

At the start the Bears were pegged back early on with Simon Jones breaking through twice in the space of four balls in his first over.

The former England seamer had Laurie Evans caught at short fine leg before Will Porterfield went to a fine catch by Stewart Walters running away at point. It left the Bears on 13 for two.

But stand-in skipper Varun Chopra and Darren Maddy turned the initiative back to the visitors putting on 77 from 61 balls.

Chopra gave the innings some impetus taking 11 off an over from Jones including a six over long-on.

The rain had threatened when the umpires took the players from the pitch as the bears 38 for two off five overs.

The second rain break reduced the match to an 18-over contest but when they came back they lost three more wickets with Maddy (49), Rikki Clarke and Chopra (53) all going in the space of 19 balls.

Dean Cosker finished with two for 23 from his four overs including the sharp run-out of Maddy.

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