Jim Allenby happy with early Glamorgan 'benchmark'

Jim Allenby

Jim Allenby says Glamorgan can improve on the performances that secured a 10-wicket win over Worcestershire in the County Championship.

All-rounder Allenby played a major part in the first victory of the season with a top score of 78.

He followed that by taking 4-27 in the second innings as he and Michael Hogan finished off the visitors' resistance.

"We need to keep doing it to meet our potential and justify the quality we have," said Allenby.

"I spoke about us needing to win, not being competitive, and I will always believe that and we've done it.

"Now we need to do it for five months - if you have the quality we have, there's no reason why we can't have performances like that as an average day not as a great day.

"That's our benchmark but certainly not the best we can play."

Allenby paid tribute to the work of sports psychologist Mike O'Brien after the victory at Swalec Stadium.

"His help's been invaluable, certainly to myself," he said.

"He's helped a lot of the boys individually but also as a team to be more difficult to meet and recognise those moments in games.

"That's the sort of thing we've needed after the last couple of years and it's now a case of keeping it going."

The result was in stark contract to last season's dreadful start to the four-day campaign, when Glamorgan failed to win a Championship match until mid July.

"It took us quite a long time last year to have that first Championship win under our belt," said captain Mark Wallace.

"We have started now with a hard-fought but slightly fortunate draw [against Northants] and then we've dominated the game with Worcestershire from the start.

"To have finished them off so clinically is a great sign."

Glamorgan sit out the third round of Championship matches before heading north for a 40-over friendly against a North Wales Premier League XI at Mochdre on Sunday.

They face Lancashire in the Championship at Colwyn Bay, starting on 1 May, followed by a Yorkshire Bank 40 opener against Yorkshire Vikings at the same ground.

Allenby and Championship captain Mark Wallace are rested for Sunday's 40-over warm-up match at Mochdre.

Chris Cooke takes over the wicket-keeper role and a top-order batting slot in the side which will be led by Aussie batsman Marcus North in his new role as limited-overs captain.

Other changes from the Championship team bring in seamers John Glover and North Walian Will Owen, with Aussie paceman Michael Hogan also dropping out.

Glamorgan will revert to the blue and yellow colours in which they won the AXA Equity and Law League 20 years ago.

Team: Bragg, Cooke (wk), North (capt), Wright, Goodwin, Walters, Wagg, Glover, Cosker, Owen, Reed.

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