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Wallace and Allenby to share captaincy

Mark Wallace is to combine Glamorgan’s first-class and List A captaincy this season while Jim Allenby will return to leading the county in Twenty20 cricket.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Wallace, who remains club captain for a third campaign in his 18th season with the county, and all-rounder Allenby take over the respective limited-overs roles from Marcus North.

North, who has been replaced as overseas player by Jacques Rudolph, helped Glamorgan reach last year’s Yorkshire Bank 40 final, albeit he was not available from the semi-final onwards when Wallace assumed the captaincy.

Wallace, who will lead Glamorgan in the LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup, said: "2014 is going to be an exciting season for the club as we compete for promotion to Division One of the LV= County Championship and challenge for honours in the reformatted limited-over competitions.

"I am delighted to continue as captain of this fantastic county and I am looking forward to working in partnership with Hugh Morris as director of cricket and CEO, new head coach Toby Radford, Jim as T20 captain and the rest of the squad.

"We showed last year, particularly in our progress to the Lord's final, that this team has a lot of talent and that we can compete with the best in the country. We need to perform consistently at the same high level in all formats of the game."

Mark Wallace, who was skipper in September's YB40 final loss to Notts Outlaws, is Glamorgan club captain for a third straight season

Morris, who has stepped down as Managing Director of England Cricket to work at the county he played for, said: "Mark has led by example after taking the role, not least in returning to lead the team to Lord's during the knockout phase of the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition last year.

“The man is Glamorgan through and through and we are delighted that he will continue his captaincy as we look forward to the exciting challenges that 2014 will bring.

"Jim Allenby has shown his quality for several seasons at Glamorgan and he will give valuable support to Mark in the longer formats of the game, whilst his abilities with both bat and ball allow him to lead from the front in this season's extended NatWest T20 Blast."

Radford added: "It's great news that Mark has committed to leading Glamorgan again in 2014 and the addition of Jim as captain for T20 will provide a different voice throughout the season and give Jim the opportunity to again show his own leadership skills.

"We've got some real experience in the dressing room, as well as a good mix of youthful endeavour, so both Mark and Jim will get great support and also have the opportunity to help the development of our future Welsh players."

Allenby, who was Glamorgan’s T20 skipper in 2012, said: "I will be delighted to captain Glamorgan in the NatWest T20 Blast this year; it has been my aim to help Glamorgan win trophies and to have the responsibility to contribute to this as captain is very exciting.

"I've committed to the club by signing a four-year contract and my ambitions, to win trophies and play at the highest level of the game, have not changed.

"We showed that we are a good team last year and capable of competing with anyone. The club has invested in the squad, the facilities and we have a new management, so there is plenty to be optimistic about.

“I want to help to bring success back to this club and look forward to working with the playing squad, head coach Toby Radford and the coaching staff as well as Hugh Morris."

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