Trego cracks stunning century to win the day for Somerset
Pete Trego scored a brilliant century – his second of this season’s YB40 – as Somerset survived a late Yorkshire fightback to take two crucial Group C points at Taunton.
Somerset’s victory has ensured they will go into their final group match – against Gloucestershire at Bristol on August 26 – still in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Set 262 to win, after Yorkshire had finished on 261 for eight, Somerset looked comfortable as they reached 209 for two – only for nerves to set in when they lost a flurry of late wickets.
But Trego – the leading overall run-scorer in this year’s YB40 – remained composed throughout, scoring 140 not out from 103 balls in a sparkling innings to see Somerset to a three-wicket win with five balls to spare. He hit 19 fours and two sixes.
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The all-rounder has now scored an astonishing 705 YB40 runs at 88.12 this season – and shared in stands of 103 with Craig Kieswetter (40) and 96 with Alviro Petersen (51) as Somerset kept themselves firmly in YB40 contention.
“It wasn’t my best innings – but it was my most rewarding, because of it being a chase and seeing the team home,” said Trego. “I realised when Jos [Buttler] was out, straight after Alviro, that I was going to have to stick around and make a really meaningful score.”
Trego joined Kieswetter in the middle when Somerset lost captain Marcus Trescothick for ten in the third over. Having hit Iain Wardlaw for six off the previous delivery, Trescothick looked to hit one over mid-off but mistimed and was caught by Alex Lees.
Somerset moved from 18 for one after four overs to 51 for one after six as Trego and Kieswetter hit out, and their 14-over partnership looked to have set the tone for a comfortable victory.
Trego reached his fifty from 33 balls, before seeing Kieswetter fall in a similar manner to Trescothick, driving to mid-off to give teenager Ryan Gibson a prized wicket. Petersen, playing his final game for Somerset, hit Gibson for successive sixes en route to a breezy 51, before being caught on the boundary off Rich Pyrah.
Pyrah was on a hat-trick after knocking out Jos Buttler’s off-stump with his next ball. Somerset remained favourites, with Trego reaching his hundred from 85 balls, but they made life difficult for themselves, as James Hildreth was held at wide mid-on off Wardlaw for 11.
At that stage, they needed 25 runs off 21 balls – and soon lost Craig Meschede and Alfonso Thomas for ducks. But Trego was able to keep finding the boundary in and around the late dismissals – and, with his side needing four off the last over, he hit the first ball to the boundary, via a misfield.
“I didn’t see the misfield – because I had decided that I was going to run two, regardless,” said Trego. “But then I heard the cheers.”
Earlier, Adam Dibble had taken four for 52 from seven overs – a List A career-best – as Yorkshire, with Lees making 62, posted 261 for eight.
Somerset have agreed terms to sign Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for the rest of the season – subject to securing a visa for the 24-year-old. They hope to have Chawla available for their LV= County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, which begins next Tuesday.