Allenby hoping Dragons can capitalise on 'second chance'
GLAMORGAN Twenty20 captain Jim Allenby hopes his side can capitalise on their "second chance" in the competition when they entertain Somerset tonight (6).
The Dragons feared their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages had been dashed after Tuesday's match against Gloucestershire was abandoned due to rain.
That was the Welsh side's fourth T20 game to fall foul of the weather this year, but with other sides in their group also thwarted by poor conditions, they still have a mathematical opportunity of reaching the next round.
Early pace-setters Somerset will pose a tough challenge this evening, having beaten the Dragons in a game which went down to the final ball at Taunton last month.
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"We feel like we've got a second chance now," said Allenby.
"It's been a frustrating few weeks with the weather making it really difficult to get any momentum or rhythm going.
"We thought we were out at one point but, once we realised we still had a slim chance, all the lads have been raring to go.
"We want to stay in the competition and make sure there's something riding on the game against Warwickshire on Sunday."
The Dragons' trip to Edgbaston on Sunday will be their final group game this season.
A win tonight is imperative to keep their faint hopes of progress alive and, having lost to Somerset so narrowly last month, Allenby is keen to exact revenge.
"We feel like we owe them," he said. "We thought it was a good time to play them last time, with a few of their bigger names missing.
"But that doesn't seem to be the case. A few of their stars have come back in since then and they've struggled."
The likes of Marcus Trescothick, Craig Kieswetter, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, George Dockrell and Kevin O'Brien were all missing for Somerset's win over the Dragons.
But even with Morkel, Dockrell and O'Brien back for their matches against Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, the Taunton side lost both encounters.
"Hopefully we can put things right tonight," Allenby added.
"Our batting has been frustrating so far in the T20. A few of us have got in, but only Shaun Marsh has gone on to make a big score (85 v Somerset).
"It's particularly frustrating because we've got a pretty strong batting line-up.
"Shaun's been an excellent signing for us, and he's desperate to produce another big knock."
The Dragons have named an unchanged 15-man squad for the match against Somerset.
Dragons: S. Marsh, M. North, J. Allenby (capt), M. van Jaarsveld, S. Walters, B. Wright, N. James, C. Cooke, M. Wallace, A. Norman, J. Harris, R. Croft, W. Owen, D. Cosker, S. Jones.