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Trescothick sends Somerset top

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Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick continued his fine form to put Somerset top of the South Group thanks to victory over Glamorgan

Marcus Trescothick struck an impressive 54 not out as Somerset Sabres beat Glamorgan Dragons by seven wickets under the Duckworth/Lewis method to go top of the Friends Provident t20 South Group.

Under the SWALEC Stadium floodlights Glamorgan were restricted to 116 for seven in 20 overs.

Somerset's target was adjusted to 92 from 15 overs after a heavy downpour forced the players from the field midway through their chase.

Victory – their eighth in nine games – increased Somerset’s chances of sealing a home draw in the quarter-finals. By contrast, defeat ended Glamorgan’s hopes of qualifying for the last eight.

Glamorgan chose to bat, but on a seaming pitch soon found themselves in trouble at 10 for three and again at 75 for five.

Despite an impressive six from Mark Cosgrove over long-on off Ben Phillips in the second over, Somerset, who welcomed back wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter from England duty, dominated the opening exchanges.

Phillips recovered to bowl Jim Allenby, in the next over Mark Wallace gave a return catch to Mark Turner from a top-edged pull, and Phillips then had Cosgrove caught behind attempting to clear extra-cover.

But Glamorgan fought back with a 61-run partnership from 46 balls between Tom Maynard and Ben Wright before both batsmen were caught in the deep in successive Turner overs.

It left Turner with career-best Twenty20 figures of 3-25 as Glamorgan could only manage 48 runs from the final 10 overs.

In reply, Trescothick and Kieswetter played positively in the opening overs.

Trescothick took 14 from Shaun Tait’s first over, including a six over third man, and at the other end Kieswetter struck James Harris for successive sixes before being bowled via a bottom edge.

Somerset had reached 48 for two when heavy rain forced a 40-minute delay.

When they returned Somerset required a further 44 from 8.2 overs after their target had been reduced.

Led by Trescothick, who reached his fourth successive fifty off only 29 balls, Somerset reached the winning post with 19 balls to spare as Kieron Pollard sealed victory with a six.

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