Jim Allenby made Somerset his third county when he joined them from Glamorgan ahead of the 2015 season, stating that as an allrounder beyond his 30th birthday he needed to be winning trophies. Those ambitions were not met in a moderate first season for Allenby and Somerset. He plays for Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan Super League.
A powerful striker of the ball, Allenby’s all-round skills make him a particularly useful addition to Somerset’s Twenty20 squad. He played in the 2006 domestic Twenty20 final for Leicestershire and towards the end of that season he gained an opening in their Championship team, hitting a century against Essex in the final round of matches and followed that up with a match-winning, unbeaten, half-century in the run chase.
Australian by birth and educated in Perth, In 2006-07 he made his Australian domestic debut in a Twenty20 game for Western Australia, but stated his ambitions to play for England. That goal quickly led to a county contract with Leicestershire and ultimately led to his departure from Grace Road in 2009 when he stated that he needed a county that could help him fulfil his international ambitions. He eventually moved to Glamorgan, not the first port of call for England selectors, but quickly became a vital cog in their limited-overs sides while also nailing down a spot in their Championship side. He was a potent force in the Glamorgan side which reached the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 in 2013, against Nottinghamshire, but could not prevent them falling to a third defeat in three Lord’s finals.