Trescothick puts Scotland to sword
Marcus Trescothick blasted a brilliant 144 from 108 balls, and the recent triple-centurion James Hildreth maintained his penchant for big scores with 151 from 141 balls, as Scotland continued their struggles with a comprehensive 151-run defeat against Somerset at Taunton. After the early loss of Craig Kieswetter for 8, Somerset did not look back, as Trescothick and Hildreth added a hefty 260 for the second wicket in double-quick time. Even when Trescothick did finally fall to Matthew Parker, there was no end to the Scottish suffering, as Peter Trego hurtled into the fray with 74 from 39 balls - an innings that included six fours and four sixes. Somerset's eventual total of 403 for 3 was never going to be challenged, even though Scotland's captains new and old, Gavin Hamilton and Ryan Watson, led a brave pursuit with 62 and 67 respectively.
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James Franklin and Steve Adshead rescued Gloucestershire with a remarkable seventh-wicket stand of 106, as Yorkshire were condemned to a three-wicket defeat in a thrilling low-scoring encounter at Bristol. After batting first, Yorkshire were restricted to 217 for 9, with Franklin and Jon Lewis excelling in helpful conditions. Jacques Rudolph was the first to go, bowled by Lewise after struggling to 1 from nine balls, and at 49 for 5 humiliation beckoned. Yorkshire's captain, Anthony McGrath, found solid support from Rich Pyrah, however, and added 115 for the sixth wicket to give their bowlers a total to defend. They made a good fist of it at first, with Deon Kruis and David Wainwright finishing with three wickets each, but having slumped to 107 for 6 the fightback began. With calm shot selection, Franklin and Adshead turned the match on its head, as Gloucestershire maintained their unbeaten record in the competition.
Ed Joyce with the bat and James Kirtley with the ball propelled Sussex to a comfortable 56-run victory over Durham at Hove. Joyce, who compiled an excellent 127 from 125 balls to underpin a sizeable 50-over total of 313 for 6, opened the batting and added 110 for the first wicket with Joe Gatting, who made 50 from 61 balls, and then kept the innings ticking along as his middle-order colleagues all made starts without anyone exceeding Mike Yardy's 27 from 20 balls. Their combined effort proved sufficient, however, despite the best efforts of Phil Mustard, whose run-a-ball 92 kept Durham in the hunt for the first half of the chase. Then, from a promising 188 for 2, Durham capitulated to Kirtley, who returned the best figures of his limited-overs career, 6 for 50 from 8.5 overs, to seal the contest with 19 balls to spare.