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Allenby praises positive Glamorgan start

14 May 10 15:30 GMT

Jim Allenby has hailed Glamorgan's County Championship start as the Welsh county's win over Northants has moved them into second behind leaders Sussex.

Unbeaten Glamorgan's innings success at Cardiff is their third four-day triumph this season to already top their two Championship wins of last season.

"We're the second best side in the division," said all-rounder Allenby.

"And have a way to go to catch Sussex as they are comfortably the best side in the division. But we're confident."

Glamorgan lost their opening Championship match against relegated Sussex but have since beaten Middlesex at Lord's, Worcester at New Road and now Northamptonshire at the Swalec Stadium.

Their innings victory over Northants was their first Championship win in Cardiff for almost two years and shows signs that the transition under coach Matthew Maynard is starting to bear fruit.

Glamorgan drew 12 Championship matches last season but have transformed those draws into wins and Australian new boy Allenby has scored five half centuries.

"Three wins from five is as good a start as we could hope for," said the 27-year-old.

"And it is probably not the best time of year for our squad. Although our spin bowler are a strength but our opening batters and seam bowlers have stood up."

Captain Jamie Dalrymple hit 105 as Glamorgan beat Northants by an innings and four runs and he praised the team's "team ethic."

"Commercially it is imperative we play well in one-day cricket these days," said the former England one-day international.

"Championship cricket is, despite the assault of Twenty20 cricket, is the heart and soul of cricket and you need to be a good cricketer to play good County Championship cricket.

"It is a goal of ours to play well in all forms of cricket."

Glamorgan play the newly-formed Unicorns side in the Clydesdale Bank 40 League on Sunday hoping to build on their one-day win over Worcestershire.

The Unicorns are a team of players without full-time contracts with one of the regular first-class counties.

But Glamorgan will rest pace bowlers James Harris and David Harrison at Dean Park in Bournemouth with Chris Ashling and Will Owen on standby.

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