Somerset v Unicorns, YB40 Group C, Taunton May 5, 2013

Trescothick blitz sees Somerset cruise home

Somerset 184 for 2 (Trescothick 87, Trego 75*) beat Unicorns 183 for 8 (Elstone 75*, Meschede 2-15) by 8 wickets

Marcus Trescothick blasted eight sixes in a whirlwind 87 to lead Somerset to an emphatic eight-wicket win over Unicorns in a one-sided game at Taunton.

The hosts needed only 15.3 overs to chase down a target of 184, with Trescothick making his runs off just 49 balls and opening partner Peter Trego smashing 75 not out off 38 deliveries, with 10 fours and four sixes.

Scott Elstone's 75 not out was the backbone of a Unicorns total of 183 for 8 after losing the toss. Tom Lancefield hit 38, while Craig Meschede was the pick of the Somerset bowlers with two for 15 from his eight overs.

The result was never in doubt once Trescothick and Trego cut loose with a brutal attack on the Unicorns bowlers. Trescothick hit four sixes off consecutive balls from Josh Poysden and three in succession off Garry Park. He was finally caught at long-off and the successful bowler Paul Hindmarch had Jos Buttler taken at backward square-leg off his next ball.

But by then the outcome had been settled. Trescothick ended with seven fours to go with his abundance of sixes, at times appearing to flick to ball over the ropes with nonchalant ease.

Despite the best efforts of Lancefield and Elstone, Unicorns were never able to gain the necessary momentum to their innings in excellent batting conditions.

Former Surrey batsman Lancefield impressed at the top of the order, finding the boundary four times in his 42-ball innings. But Trego struck twice in the first seven overs, sending back Lewis Hill and Michael O'Shea with only 32 on the board.

Lancefield departed with the score on 65, caught behind to give Meschede the first of his two wickets. The second was former Somerset favourite Keith Parsons, also taken by wicketkeeper Buttler, for a third-ball duck, having received a rousing ovation from home fans.

In between Meschede's wickets, leg-spinner Max Waller had Park caught at deep square off a slog sweep for 22 and it was left to Elstone to boost a modest total with some quality shots, including a six over long-on off Lewis Gregory.

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  • John on May 5, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @SamuelH on (May 5, 2013, 19:09 GMT) agreed - decent day , and although Unicorns are probably the weakest team in the YB40 it's good to do a decent job. I wonder if Craig,Lewis and Max are seen more as shorter format specialists. Also like it when Trego doesn't play too responsibly. Hell , even look at Nick's SR. Guess we can't read too much into this result

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Take a look at the runs Tres scored from over 9.3 onwards...if my maths are correct, he took 50 runs off 12 balls. Extraordinary!

  • Samuel on May 5, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Scott Elstone? Wasn't he the one who took two catches at Trent Bridge against India a couple of years ago? Anyway, an expected but still good win - will do the NRR no harm, so important in this competition seeing as it's utterly ridiculously formatted. I wonder why Meschede hasn't featured in the Championship so far - might see him up at Headingley this week if they decide to rest someone. You'd think him and Craig Overton are maybe competing for the same spot in the side.

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