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Trego smashes Somerset to victory

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Taunton:
CLOSE OF PLAY, FINAL DAY: Somerset 326 and 479-6 beat Yorkshire 438 & 363-5dec by four wickets.
(Somerset 20pts, Yorks 8pts)


Peter Trego
Peter Trego belted six fours and nine sixes in his stunning 103 off 54 balls

Somerset rewrote the record books as they ran up 479-6, the second biggest winning total in County Championship history, to beat Yorkshire.

Peter Trego hit nine sixes in an astonishing 54-ball century as his unbeaten 103 helped Somerset to an unlikely four-wicket win.

Yorkshire added another 34 to their overnight 329-5 to declare on 363-5.

But Marcus Trecothick (96) and Arul Suppiah (131) got their side off to a good start - and Trego did the rest.

Trego's 54-ball ton, his first hundred since September 2007, was the fastest first-class century of the season.

But Somerset's amazing effort in reaching their with 4.3 overs to spare, and the rain fast closing in, also owed a lot to their openers.

Trescothick hit a six and 15 fours, falling just four short of a second century in the match, in an opening partnership of 187 in 42 overs with Suppiah, whose 131 was a career-best.

Yorkshire skipper Anthony McGrath had appeared to err on the side of caution by allowing his side to bat on for 20 minutes at the start of the day.

But Somerset were up for the challenge from the start.

By the time Trescothick played on attempting to leave a ball from his old Ashes winning team-mate Matthew Hoggard it was a real contest.

And the score had progressed to 246 when Suppiah, whose only previous Championship century was 123 at Derby in 2005, had a swing at off-spinner Azeem Rafiq and top edged to mid-wicket.

HIGHEST WINNING TOTALS IN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP CRICKET
Middlesex 502-6 v Notts (Trent Bridge, June 1925)
Somerset 479-6 v Yorks (Taunton, July 2009)
Notts 461-3 v Worcs (New Road, July 2001)
Sussex 455-8 v Glouces (Hove, May 1999)

His departure actually saw Somerset turn up the heat by sending in former Yorkshire pace bowler David Stiff as a pinch-hitter.

Stiff responded with four mighty sixes and four fours in scoring 49 off 32 balls. But when he fell to Hoggard with the total on 307-4 and big-hitting Craig Kieswetter could manage only 17 before being bowled stepping back to cut, it seemed Somerset would fall short.

Skipper Justin Langer was content to work the ball around while his partners went for the big hits. And it was Trego, coming in at seven, who succeeded in the most spectacular manner.

He scored 42 in the space of 11 balls, taking 17 off five deliveries from Azeem Rafiq and then 24 of an over from Ajmal Shahzad.

Suddenly Somerset needed only five an over from the last nine. But, despite the loss of Langer, Zander de Bruyn came in to keep him company before hitting the clinching boundary.

And, to add to the Tykes' frustration, within minutes of Somerset recording cricket's eighth highest winning score of all time, the heavens opened.

It was the highest winning total in a Championship game since Nottinghamshire knocked off 461-3 to beat Worcestershire at New Road almost eight years ago to the day in 2001.

And, in 145 years of Championship cricket, it has been bettered only by Middlesex's 502-6 (including a double century by the legendary Patsy Hendren) at Trent Bridge in 1925.



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