Allenby ton leads domination of Leicestershire

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Jim Allenby hit an unbeaten 138 versus his old county as Glamorgan totally dominated the second day of their LV= County Championship Division Two game against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Glamorgan declared at 442 for nine and, by the close, their battery of seam bowlers had routed Leicestershire for 142, leaving the home side 300 runs behind and facing the prospect of being asked to follow on.

Michael Hogan took 4-25 and John Glover 4-51 as Leicestershire were rolled over in 44.3 overs. Josh Cobb was top-scorer with 29 while Australian Joe Burns managed 21 on his debut

It was all a far cry from Allenby's performance, that had him celebrating his first century against Leicestershire since he left them to join Glamorgan four years ago. This effort beat his previous best championship score of 137 against Surrey at The Oval in 2009.

Having been dropped on 20, Allenby began the day needing 11 runs to reach 50. Three boundaries off Nathan Buck quickly took him to that target and from that point on Glamorgan piled on the runs in fluent style, adding 186 in 48 overs to their overnight 256 for five.

Graham Wagg secured a fourth batting point with a reverse-sweep to the boundary off Jigar Naik in the 110th over, and went on to reach a half-century off 83 balls with seven fours.

Allenby's ton, off 160 balls with a six and nine fours, came in the same over as the seventh-wicket pair shared a stand of 117.

At the fall of the ninth wicket Glamorgan declared, leaving Allenby unbeaten after facing 204 deliveries and Leicestershire needing 293 to avoid the follow-on.

Glamorgan's bowlers then took over, ripping through Leicestershire's top order with the first five wickets falling for 47 runs in 16 overs.

It was a hapless batting effort from the hosts and, when Hogan took the final wicket in the penultimate over of the day, Leicestershire were left facing a massive task to avoid defeat inside three days.

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