Somerset v Yorkshire, YB40 Group C, Taunton August 15, 2013

Trego cements Somerset position

Somerset 262 for 7 (Trego 140*, Wardlaw 3-55) beat Yorkshire 261 for 8 (Lees 62, Dibble 4-52) by three wickets

Peter Trego took his run tally in this season's Yorkshire Bank 40 to 705 with an unbeaten 140 as Somerset boosted their hopes of a semi-final appearance with a three-wicket win over Yorkshire at Taunton.

The visitors posted 261 for 8 after losing the toss, Alex Lees, Jack Leaning and Adam Lyth being the main contributors. Adam Dibble returned career-best List A figures of 4 for 52 runs, while Alfonso Thomas claimed 3 for 49.

Somerset reached their target with five balls to spare, Trego leading the way with an 85-ball ton to confirm his position as the competition's leading runscorer. He was well supported by Craig Kieswetter and Alviro Petersen, who made 51 on the final appearance of his spell with the county.

The result kept Somerset top of Group C with one fixture left against arch-rivals and fellow semi-final candidates Gloucestershire at Bristol on Monday week.

Yorkshire's innings was built around a third-wicket stand of 118 in 20 overs between Lees and Lyth, who came together with the total 39 for 2. Lees was first to his half-century, off 51 balls, with three fours and a six. Lyth soon followed, having faced 48 deliveries and hit seven fours.

It was 157 for 3 in the 27th over when Lees was yorked by Thomas and two overs later Lyth was also back in the pavilion, caught by Thomas at long-on off legspinner Max Waller, who went for 52 off his eight overs.

Leaning then assumed major responsibility for seeing the visitors to a challenging total, reaching the quickest fifty of the innings, off 42 balls, with four fours and a six. Strapping pace bowler Dibble accounted for him with a full toss in the penultimate over, having earlier dismissed Andrew Gale, Ryan Gibson and Rich Pyrah.

Marcus Trescothick got the hosts' reply going with a six off Iain Wardlaw, but departed for 10 to the next delivery, swishing his bat in frustration after driving a catch to mid-off. The skipper need not have worried. Trego and Kieswetter added 103 in 14 overs, mixing power and finesse in some sparkling strokeplay.

When Kieswetter fell to a catch at mid-off to give young Ryan Gibson a wicket, Petersen came in to join the run feast, striking two successive sixes off Gibson in the 21st over, on his way to a half-century off 51 balls.

For all that, it was Trego's day. Occasionally riding his luck, the allrounder blasted 19 fours and two sixes in a memorable exhibition that rendered a late flurry of wickets meaningless and took his average in 11 YB40 games to a staggering 88.12.

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  • John on August 16, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @Darren Taylor on (August 16, 2013, 7:11 GMT) Not doubting you. Not sure if he played for Uphill Castle before Callington or after. Maybe he just wasn't impressive for Callington? Anyway . there's no doubt he's worked hard on his game over the years. Some of the shots he played in the T20 inns vs Worcs were shots an international calibre player would have been proud of

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @JG2704 Peter Trego played club cricket for Uphill Castle in Somerset, a club side near Weston Super Mare. He excelled and was earmarked very early on as a future star. I know this simply because he played against my club side and scored a double century in less than forty overs.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Great knock by Trego. Wish somerset are in the T20 finals day, i have been to the finals day for the past 4 years. It will feel weird sitting at home watching the Finals Day on TV.

  • John on August 15, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Peter Trego , you absolute gem

    I tensely followed the Somerset inns and I thought at one stage we were going to choke. Every batsmen around Trego seemed to either stifle the run rate (at least for a while) or get out 1st ball or get out with making little contribution and stifling the runrate. We are still reliant on Gloucs or Yorks doing us a favour vs Glamorgan. The Gloucs result today works well for us but we need Glamorgan to slip up and to win our final game at Gloucs. However , looking at the tables if (and it's a big if) we beat Gloucs it looks like we'll qualify as the best runner up as our net RR is so good. Funnily enough I played tennis ball cricket with a family friend and his kids the other day and he played for a Cornish club side who Trego played for and apparently Trego showed no potential to go on to become a stalwart county player , so I guess it shows what hard work and fierce determination can achieve

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