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Trescothick and Trego demolish Unicorns

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Marcus Trescothick blasted eight sixes in a whirlwind 87 to lead Somerset to an emphatic eight-wicket win over the Unicorns in a one-sided Yorkshire Bank 40 game at Taunton.

The hosts needed only 15.3 overs to chase down a target of 184, with Trescothick’s innings spanning just 49 balls and opening partner Peter Trego smashing 75 not out off 38 deliveries, with 10 fours and four maximums.

Scott Elstone's 75 not out underpinned the Unicorns’ total of 183 for eight after they lost the toss. Tom Lancefield hit 38, while Craig Meschede was pick of the Somerset bowlers with 2-15 from his eight overs.

The result was never in doubt once Trescothick and Trego cut loose with a brutal attack on the Unicorns bowlers. Trescothick hit four sixes in succession off Josh Poysden and three in a row against Garry Park.

The Somerset captain was finally caught at long-off and the successful bowler Paul Hindmarch had Jos Buttler taken at backward square-leg off his next ball. However, by then the outcome had been settled.

Despite the best efforts of Lancefield and Elstone, the Unicorns were never able to gain the necessary momentum in excellent batting conditions.

Former Surrey batsman Lancefield impressed at the top of the order, striking four fours in his 42-ball innings, but Trego struck twice in the first seven overs, sending back Lewis Hill and Michael O'Shea with only 32 on the board.

Lancefield was duly caught behind to give Meschede the first of his two wickets. The second was former Somerset favourite Keith Parsons, also taken by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for a third-ball duck, having received a rousing ovation from home fans.

In between Meschede's wickets, leg-spinner Max Waller had Garry Park caught at deep square-leg off a slog-sweep for 22 and it was left to Elstone to boost a modest total with some quality shots, including a six over long-on off Lewis Gregory.

The former Nottinghamshire batsman’s half-century came off 63 balls, with five fours, but, although Aneurin Norman contributed 23 to a sixth-wicket stand of 50 before being run out backing up, the total was never likely to trouble a strong Somerset batting line-up ... and so it proved.

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