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 Vikings at Taunton.
The visitors posted 261 for eight after losing the toss, Alex Lees, Jack Leaning and Adam Lyth being the main contributors with half-centuries. Adam Dibble returned career-best List A figures of 4-52, while Alfonso Thomas claimed 3-49.
Somerset reached their target with five balls to spare, Trego leading the way with an 85-ball ton to bolster his position as the competition’s leading run-scorer. He was well supported by Craig Kieswetter and Alviro Petersen, who made 40 and 51 respectively; the latter was making 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 Gladiators 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 on 39 for two.
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 three in the 27th over when Lees was yorked by Thomas and two overs later Lyth was also back in the pavilion, caught at long-on off leg-spinner 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 Richard Pyrah.
Jos Buttler took over the wicketkeeping duties for Somerset from Kieswetter, prior to the former joining up with England Lions next week.
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 Gibson a wicket, Petersen came in to join the run feast, striking two successive sixes in the 21st over on his way to a fifty off 51 balls.
For all that, it was Trego’s day. Occasionally riding his luck, the all-rounder 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.