Allenby to lead Welsh Dragons
Jim Allenby has been appointed skipper of Glamorgan’s Twenty20 side, newly named the Welsh Dragons, and vice-captain to Mark Wallace in other formats.
The 29-year-old Australian all-rounder joined from Leicestershire, with whom he won the 2006 Twenty20 Cup, in August 2009 and has become an integral part of Glamorgan’s t20 team.
Allenby laid bare his pedigree in the shortest format in June 2008 when he became the first player in t20 to take four wickets in consecutive deliveries. He dismissed Lancashire’s Kyle Hogg, Steven Croft, Dominic Cork and Saj Mahmood at Old Trafford.
Allenby, who signed a new two-year contract in January, said: “I will be delighted to lead the Welsh Dragons in the Friends Life t20 competition in 2012, as well as acting as second-in-command to club captain Mark Wallace in the LV= County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.
“There were some promising signs in our Twenty20 games in 2011, several of which went to the final over. I look forward to building on this progress during 2012 and converting the near-misses into victories.
“During my time with the Leicestershire Foxes we won the Twenty20 competition in 2006. I also appeared twice at Twenty20 finals day and I’m already looking forward to drawing of this experience when leading the Welsh Dragons in 2012. It would be fantastic to appear in a third finals day, and where better than the SWALEC Stadium in 2012?”
Colin Metson, managing director of Glamorgan Cricket, said “We are delighted that Jim will be the Welsh Dragons' t20 captain next summer as well as being the club vice-captain in 2012.
“We look forward to him bringing all of his personal and cricketing strengths, along with his leadership qualities into the role. We see Mark and Jim as being the perfect leadership team taking the club forward.”