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Trego sets up Somerset landslide

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP B, Bath
Somerset 66-2 (8.3 ovs) beat Middlesex 65 (24.1 ovs) by eight wickets (Somerset 2pts, Middlesex 0pts)


Peter Trego
Peter Trego returned to Taunton after a season with Middlesex in 2005

Middlesex were skittled for their lowest one-day total in 11 years to suffer an embarrassing eight-wicket FP Trophy defeat by Somerset at Bath.

Medium-pacer Peter Trego took 4-17 against his old county as the visitors were dismissed for just 65.

Only Gareth Berg (30) reached double figures as Middlesex were shot out in just 24.1 overs.

Somerset then raced to their target inside nine overs with wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter unbeaten on 36.

There was no hint of the carnage to come when Middlesex, who had been asked to bat when Justin Langer won the toss, reached 10-0 in the third over.

But then Charl Willoughby made the big breakthrough when in-form Australian opener Phil Hughes was adjudged leg before playing no shot.

MIDDLESEX worst one-day scores

23 v Yorkshire, Headingley, 1974
41 v Essex, Westcliff, 1972
48 v Glouces, Lydney, 1973
56 v Worces, Kidderminster, 1969
62 v Leices, Grace Road, 1998
65 v Somerset, Bath, 2009

Neil Dexter became Trego's first victim in the next over, playing on. And that sparked a purple patch for the all-rounder, who had Billy Godleman brilliantly caught one-handed to his right by Langer at short mid-wicket.

Trego then struck twice with successive balls in his fourth over, pinning Dawid Malan and Ben Scott lbw with full-length swinging deliveries.

It was 23-5 at the end of the first 10 overs and, to no one's surprise, Somerset took their second power-play immediately.

After a short break for rain, Eoin Morgan fell immediately before Ben Phillips (3-23) and Alfonso Thomas (2-5) mopped up the tail.

The paltry 65 was Middlesex's lowest one-day score since a batting line-up containing Andrew Strauss, Mark Ramprakash, Owais Shah and Mike Gatting were bowled out for just 62 by Leicestershire at Grace Road in 1998.

Kieswetter and Marcus Trescothick had no intention of waiting for more rain to come along when Somerset replied.

Trescothick hit Chris Silverwood for six over long-off before perishing next ball trying to repeat the shot, instead skying one to third man.

And although James Hildreth fell lbw to Steven Finn, Kieswetter continued his tremendous start to the season to earn Somerset their third win in as many matches to sit comfortably top of Group B.


Middlesex captain Shaun Udal told BBC London 94.9:

"It (the ball) didn't do as much as everyone thinks it did. It did swing and nip a little bit but we've got to adjust.

"It's two days on the trot now that we've failed to adapt in difficult conditions.

"We've had a long chat in the dressing room. A few home truths were spoken and hopefully people will learn from that."



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