Jim's stunning century helps Somerset make it four out of four

A career best 144 not out from captain Jim Allenby, who was well supported by Dean Elgar and James Hildreth, enabled Somerset to easily defend a target of 339, and maintain their 100% record at the top of the Southern Group in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

After electing to field, Marchant De Lange and Michael Hogan bowled an accurate opening spell, with both bowlers taking a wicket apiece to leave Somerset on 42 for two. However, Allenby and Elgar then settled into their productive partnership of 187 in 33 overs. Both batsmen reach their fifties in the same over and Elgar was nearing his second century in three games before edging a catch down the legside to the wicketkeeper.

After reaching his century, Allenby along with Hildreth staged a furious assault on the Glamorgan attack, with Hildreth striking an undefeated 58 from only 28 balls as the fourth wicket pair plundered 134 from the final ten overs. Allenby struck six sixes and eleven fours, while De Lange, who had conceded only 38 from his first seven overs, was hammered for 55 in his final three.

In reply Glamorgan soon lost their openers, and when Colin Ingram was out in the 12th over for two, they’d subsided to 27 for three and were destined for defeat. Will Bragg and Kiran Carlson put on 55 for the 4th wicket until Bragg was stumped, and when Aneurin Donald was bowled by Paul van Meekeren, the home team had lost half their side for just 95.

Carlson however was rarely troubled, and driving powerfully through the off side, reached fifty from 47 balls with six boundaries, but after scoring 63, his highest List A score, he perished after attempting an expansive drive against Tim Groenewald. There was little resistance from the lower order and when Van Der Gugten was caught on the mid- wicket boundary Glamorgan had been defeated by the substantial margin of 170 runs, with 13.2 overs remaining.

Roelof van der Merwe was the pick of the Somerset bowlers claiming three for 21 from 5.4 overs.  There were also two wickets for Tim Groenewald and Josh Davey.

Afterwards a delighted Jim Allenby said: “It was great to get a century and to get it at Cardiff made it a bit special as it has always been a favourite of mine. I loved playing here when it was my home ground so it’s different coming here as an away player, but I feel comfortable here.

“My role is usually to try to get off to a fast start but I knew that wicket was going to be a bit tricky but then Dean started going at a run a ball so I knew I could just take my time. At the back end I had a bit of luck and hit a couple of good ones and managed to get a score up on the board.”

“It was a tough wicket to get runs on today to start with but it did get better and just shows the form that Deano and Hildy are in to come in a score at a run a ball was pretty special. Those two innings were equally as important to us. We all know how good Hildy is so to watch him go out there and express himself was fantastic. Some of those shots were unbelievable and pretty special.

“Our bowlers have been amazing in this tournament. The opening bowlers have been fantastic in every game and have been backed up brilliantly by the change bowlers and Roelof is probably the best spinner in the competition.

“I’m really happy with where we are at the moment in the competition.”

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