Tresco dines out on students
Marcus Trescothick scored a fluent century on his return to county colours as Somerset brushed aside Cardiff UCCE in a friendly at Taunton.
Acting captain Trescothick scored 105 in his first match since declining to make the county’s pre-season trip to Dubai, as Somerset racked up 281 for six from their allotted 40 overs.
Craig Kieswetter added a lusty 72 not out from 52 balls to leave the university an imposing chase.
But they were never in the hunt as Mark Turner took 2-21 and Ben Phillips 2-20, to limit the students to 166 for six.
Sussex won a close 17-run victory over Gloucestershire at Hove, even after an act of charity designed to keep the contest alive.
Gloucestershire were 223 for eight at tea on the last day, requiring an unlikely 115 from 30 overs to overhaul Sussex’s total of 337, when home captain Chris Adams agreed to allow dismissed batsmen Grant Hodnett and Chris Taylor to return to the crease.
Taylor scored 58 in a valiant effort, but Michael Yardy took the last two wickets to dismiss the visitors for 320 with eight overs to spare.
Sussex’s victory was due in no small part to Ragheb Aga, who made a quick 60 to propel the score to 337.
The Kenyan all-rounder put on 50 for the last wicket with James Kirtley, who contributed just one to the partnership. Yardy (60) and Chris Nash (72) spent good time in the middle.
Ali Brown made a characteristically belligerent 107 as Surrey made light work of chasing 243 at Northampton.
Brown scored a century at a run-a-ball before holing out attempting another six off Mark Nelson.
Brown and Scott Newman shared an opening stand of 112 before Newman fell for 55, and Mark Ramprakash’s 52 not out saw Surrey home with seven wickets in hand.
Northamptonshire totalled 242 for seven from their 50 overs, with stand-in skipper Stephen Peters contributing 44 and Rob White 62.
The home side looked to be struggling at 137 for 5 after 27 overs, but Nelson smashed a quick 50 to add over 100 in the last 13 overs.
Nottinghamshire fell just four runs short of Kent at Canterbury, to give the home side a second win in two days.
Kent’s total of 258 was held together by James Tredwell, who scored an unbeaten 61, and well supported by Geraint Jones (50) and Amjad Khan (44).
Dawid Malan’s powerful 74 guided Middlesex to a first innings lead against Essex at Chelmsford on Thursday.
Malan hit 12 fours and two sixes before falling to Alex Tudor, who took 4-73, as Middlesex were dismissed for 285 in reply to Essex’s 276 for six declared.
The hosts’ innings was rescued by a stand of 142 for the fourth wicket between captain Mark Pettini (87) and wicketkeeper James Foster (85).