Allenby century puts county in command
KENT'S bid for promotion was held up by a Jim Allenby century on the first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan at Cardiff.
Glamorgan ended the day on 334-8 with Allenby unbeaten on 100 from 132 balls, having shared in an unbroken stand of 82 with John Glover for the ninth wicket.
Kent have to win the match if they are to have any chance of overtaking either Derbyshire or Yorkshire to claim one of the two promotion spots.
Will Bragg and Stewart Walters also made half-centuries as Glamorgan attempt to consign Leicestershire to bottom place in the table.
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Kent captain Rob Key had no hesitation in putting Glamorgan into bat. But the pitch did not produce the wickets Key might have hoped for in the morning session as Glamorgan cruised to 133-2.
Openers Bragg and Nick James took their side to 50 after eight overs before Darren Stevens struck with his third ball of the match.
He had James caught behind, but Bragg and Walters put on 72 in 18 overs.
It would have been entirely Glamorgan's session had Bragg not been trapped leg before by James Tredwell attempting a slog sweep.
Key was much happier in the afternoon session as Charlie Shreck and Tredwell took four Glamorgan wickets between them.
In the afternoon Glamorgan were guilty of some poor shots. Walters hooked Shreck down the throat of Michael Powell at long leg, and David Lloyd edged Tredwell behind.
Ben Wright made it three wickets to fall in the space of 22 balls, inside edging an attempted drive off Shreck, before captain Mark Wallace was bowled dancing down the wicket to Tredwell.
After Graham Wagg was trapped lbw playing across the line to Matt Coles it brought Robert Croft to the wicket to warm applause in what is his final match for Glamorgan after 24 years with the club.
Although his innings only lasted six balls, it brought Allenby and Glover together, taking Glamorgan to a third batting point.