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Joy of six for Allenby

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Two crucial sixes from skipper Jim Allenby sealed victory for the Welsh Dragons in a rain-affected Friends Life t20 Midlands/Wales/West Group clash with Warwickshire at the SWALEC Stadium.

The hosts, who now have three points from two matches, won by five runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

After winning the toss, the Bears reached 141 for five in a match initially reduced to 18 overs a side because of the weather. In reply, the Dragons, watched by a crowd of 6,000, faced a target of 146.

Following a pedestrian start on a slow pitch and the loss of Marcus North, the Dragons accelerated through Allenby who hit maximums off spinners Jeetan Patel and Paul Best.

Jim Allenby

Jim Allenby cleared the ropes in successive overs to get the Welsh Dragons ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score

When the umpires - George Sharp and Richard Illingworth - took the players from the field for the final time, they had got ahead of the D/L par score of 57 to reach 62 for one, with Shaun Marsh on 30 from 25 balls and Allenby 24 from 15.

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.

From 13 for two, stand-in captain Varun Chopra and Darren Maddy turned things back in Warwickshire’s favour with a stand of 91.

Chopra, in particular, appeared keen to give the innings some impetus, taking 11 off an over from Jones including a six over long-on.

A brief delay saw the action halted after five overs and a second rain break followed, resulting in the loss of four overs.

When the players returned Warwickshire lost three more wickets with Maddy, who made 49, Rikki Clarke and Chopra, the top-scorer with 53, all falling in the space of 19 balls.

Dean Cosker finished with 2-23 from his four overs and also effected the run out of Maddy.

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