Stunning Trescothick leads Somerset to victory
Somerset 452 and 228 for 0 beat Yorkshire 358 and 321 by 10 wickets
Marcus Trescothick hit his second century of the match to lead Somerset to a 10-wicket victory over Yorkshire in the County Championship Division One match at Taunton.
The visitors battled hard to extend their second-innings score to 321 all out, Adil Rashid making an unbeaten 51, and set their opponents 228 to win in a minimum of 51 overs. It proved a cakewalk under clear skies as Trescothick (151 not out) and Arul Suppiah (67no) put together their second double-century opening stand of the match.
Somerset won with 10.5 overs to spare and took 24 points from their third Championship win of the season, while their opponents had to settle for six. The day began with Yorkshire 249 for 6 in their second innings, with a lead of 155, and an earlier finish looked likely when Jonny Bairstow was caught behind off the third ball of the morning from Charl Willoughby without adding to his 80.
But Rashid survived a couple of low chances to James Hildreth at slip and Nick Compton at cover while he and Ajmal Shahzad added 35 runs for the eighth wicket. Somerset's bowlers were becoming frustrated when Rashid called for a quick single to midwicket and 18-year-old all-rounder Jake Lintott, on as a substitute fielder, ran out Shahzad with a direct hit at the wicketkeeper's end.
Steve Kirby then struck on the stroke of lunch, bowling Ryan Sidebottom middle and leg stump, to claim his 500th first-class victim and make the score 296 for 9 at the interval. Yorkshire led by 202 and a stubborn last-wicket stand of 25 held up the home side further before Oliver Hannon-Dalby edged Gemaal Hussain to Hildreth at first slip. Rashid remained defiant, having hit eight fours in facing 145 balls.
There were two wickets each for Kirby, Hussain and Suppiah. With the sun shining and the skies clear, Somerset looked hot favourites. Trescothick survived an early run-out scare when a throw from Hannon-Dalby just missed the stumps, but was soon repeating his effortless strokeplay of the first innings.
By tea he had reached his half-century off 48 balls, with seven fours and a six lifted over long-on off Rashid. Suppiah again gave solid support in seeing off the new ball and laying the foundation for a comfortable victory.
The Trescothick hundred that had looked inevitable almost from the moment he took guard duly arrived with a four to third-man off Joe Root. It had occupied just 89 balls and featured 13 fours and two sixes.
Suppiah then moved to his second half-century of the game off 95 deliveries with six fours. By then the total was 160 and only 68 more were needed. They were gathered in effortless fashion, Trescothick reaching his 150 with the winning hit.