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.