Somerset defeat Dawson and Hants

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Peter Trego

Peter Trego's four wickets today left Somserset chasing 114 to beat Hampshire, a target they overhauled in 24.3 overs with nine wickets left

Not even a career-best 169 from Liam Dawson could save Hampshire from providing Somerset with their first LV= County Championship win of the season.

Somerset had little trouble in chasing a target of 114 at the Rose Bowl and, despite the early loss of their captain Marcus Trescothick, got home with nine wickets to spare.

Hampshire's defeat came after a second-innings collapse and was their second of the campaign, a mark Division One pre-season favourites Somerset reached after two games.

Hampshire were still 16 behind when play resumed this morning with Dawson 103 not out and James Vince yet to face with the score 212 for three.

But apart from Dawson's defiance, Hampshire put up little resistance, losing their last seven wickets for 129 and that was never going to be enough.

Pace bowler Peter Trego did most of the damage, ending with figures of 4-74 as Hampshire quickly fell away, their last four batsmen being dismissed for just 13 runs.

Vince was the first to go at 245, leg before to Trego, and from then on Hampshire's batting became processional.

Nic Pothas was fifth out at 264, again lbw but this time to Steve Kirby, armed with a new ball.

Sean Ervine was caught behind off Charl Willoughby, attempting an extravagant pull, but Hampshire still had hope all the while Dawson was at the other end.

Home captain Dominic Cork was bowled by Trego at 328 and Dawson's efforts came to an end finally at 333 following 26 fours from 308 balls.

Again Trego was the bowler, trapping Dawson in front as he pushed forward, and with Hampshire now in a vulnerable position at only 105 ahead.

The end was not long in coming; Danny Briggs was bowled by Kirby and in the next over David Griffiths was another leg before victim for the hard-working Trego.

Hampshire were all out for 341, leaving Somerset plenty of time to wrap up a morale-boosting victory in 24.3 overs.

Trescothick, who scored 228 in the first innings, pulled Briggs for six and looked in imperious form again until he was beaten for pace by Friedel de Wet after making 23.

But there was no respite for Hampshire with Arul Suppiah and Nick Compton knocking off the 83 still required without semblance of a chance to finish on 37 and 47 respectively.

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