Allenby and Owen propel Glamorgan

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Jim Allenby, pictured, and Will Owen both took three wickets as Glamorgan won their fourth game in the championship against Leicestershire

Jim Allenby and Will Owen took three wickets apiece as Glamorgan collected their fourth LV= County Championship victory of the season, a 108-run triumph over Leicestershire at Colwyn Bay.

The visitors had been set 300 to win in 75 overs but they lost wickets at regular intervals, including their last four for just 11 runs.

They were bowled out for 191 at 5.10pm with 13.5 overs remaining as Allenby claimed 3-39 and Owen 3-61.

It was Glamorgan’s third consecutive victory on the north Wales coast and they were also indebted to a maiden century from Will Bragg to take 22 points from the contest to Leicestershire’s six.

Requiring four runs an over in their pursuit, Leicestershire lost Will Jefferson in the sixth over when he was well caught by Alviro Petersen over his head running back at mid-off off Owen.

Glamorgan’s chance of winning the game suffered a setback after lunch with James Harris, the England Lions seamer, only able to bowl five overs because of a side injury.

Leicestershire had moved on to 55 for one when Robert Croft bowled left-hander Matthew Boyce as he aimed to leg.

James Taylor, who was today included in England’s 13-man squad for Thursday’s one-day international against Ireland, got off the mark with a six as he lofted Croft over long-on but but Dean Cosker bowled Greg Smith for 43.

Josh Cobb played some attacking shots but, with the total on 143 in the 39th over, the game moved Glamorgan’s way. Cobb went leg before to Cosker and two balls later Owen grabbed the crucial wicket of Taylor, who also departed lbw for 17.

Leicestershire slipped further towards defeat when Wayne White was trapped in front by Allenby for 14 and 172 for six became 180 for seven when Paul Dixey was caught behind by Mark Wallace off Croft for 15.

The visitors required 109 to win at that point, but that proved irrelevant as the last three wickets fell quickly.

Allenby bowled Claude Henderson before Owen also bowled Jigar Naik and Glamorgan’s win was assured when Allenby trapped Nathan Buck lbw before he could trouble the scorers.

At the start of the final morning Glamorgan resumed their second innings on 146 for four - a lead of 229.

Bragg began the day needing 33 to reach his maiden century and batted positively as Glamorgan built towards a declaration.

Glamorgan did suffer the odd setback on the way with Allenby and Wallace both caught by Jefferson at slip off Henderson and Naik respectively, but Bragg went past three figures with his 14th four in the next over before he was lbw to Naik for 110.

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