Vince's valiant efforts in vain
Peter Trego lit up Somerset’s 50-run win over Hampshire with a big-hitting innings of 61 and then took two top-order wickets when the home side responded.
Trego’s flamboyant knock, which included nine fours and three sixes, overshadowed a valiant attempt by Hampshire opener James Vince to reverse the outcome.
Vince was last out after making 95 in an increasingly hopeless cause as Somerset coasted to their fifth Clydesdale Bank 40 victory in Group B to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the later stages of the competition.
Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams chose to field first and must have wondered if he had made the right decision as Trego took apart the bowling in a whirlwind of boundaries.
Marcus Trescothick was a second-over casualty but then Trego was joined by Chris Jones in a partnership of 73 for the second wicket in only seven overs.
Trego’s assault lasted only 31 balls before he hoisted spinner Danny Briggs into the deep where Chris Wood held the catch.
Somerset’s run-rate slowed after Trego’s departure and the rest of the innings was sedate by comparison with Briggs taking 2- 39 and Sean Ervine applying the brakes with figures of 3-35.
Ervine bowled James Hildreth and then removed the potentially dangerous Arul Suppiah and Abdur Rehman.
Yet Somerset were revived by Jos Buttler, typically positive in compiling 51 off 59 balls, and Gemaal Hussain, who hit two sixes in his brief innings of 18 not out.
When Hampshire replied they again found Trego in inspired form; the seamer had Adams caught at slip by Trescothick in his second over and found a gap in Neil McKenzie’s defences in his third.
Rehman then had Simon Katich caught behind without scoring, and Hampshire were reeling on 49 for four when Ervine was bowled by Steve Kirby.
Vince was joined by Liam Dawson in a stand of 73 for the fifth wicket, which began the process of a Hampshire recovery.
Even after Dawson had gone at 122, Michael Bates helped Vince add another 40, but Hampshire were always struggling to match the required run rate.
Kirby came back to bowl Bates and later did the same to Briggs.
Vince lifted Hussain for six to take his score to 95 but fell leg before in the same over – the 36th - to confirm Somerset’s superiority.