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Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick hits an unbeaten 111 off 79 balls as Somerset make short work of Lancashire's seemingly imposing 248 for six

Captain Marcus Trescothick hit a 69-ball century as Somerset made it maximum points from five Clydesdale Bank 40 games with a seven-wicket Group C win over Lancashire at Taunton.

The home side powered their way to a target of 249 with eight overs to spare, with Trescothick hitting an unbeaten 111 and Jos Buttler finishing 51 not out, while there were also contributions of 32 and 37 from Peter Trego and James Hildreth respectively.

Lancashire had posted 248 for six after losing the toss, with acting captain Steven Croft hitting 107 off 109 balls, including eight fours and a six - his maiden one-day century.

However, it was not enough as Trescothick thumped three sixes and 11 fours, having initially played second fiddle to Trego, who faced only 18 balls and hit four fours and two sixes in an explosive start to the innings.

The all-rounder relished his promotion to opener in the absence of the injured Craig Kieswetter. But once he fell to a catch at long-off having mistimed a slower ball from Kyle Hogg, it was a Trescothick masterclass that entertained a 4,000 crowd.

Hogg was one of the bowlers to suffer as his six overs went for 63, while Stephen Parry’s seven overs of left-arm spin cost 70.

Trescothick barely played a false shot on a wicket that looked full of runs, and when Buttler hit the winning boundary it brought up his 46-ball half-century.

Earlier, Stephen Moore and Karl Brown put on 34 for Lancashire’s first wicket before Moore pulled Gregory straight to Hildreth at midwicket to depart for 19.

It was 84 for two in the 13th over when Brown also fell to a pull, caught at deep square-leg by Gregory off Trego for 33.

Croft reached his half-century off 61 balls, with five fours, and then swept seamer Adam Dibble over fine-leg for six as he and Paul Horton added 63 for the third wicket.

Steven Croft

Steven Croft en route to his maiden one-day century. He could do little to prevent Somerset cruising home with eight overs to spare

Horton was caught at backward point by Trego off leg-spinner Max Waller for 23, before Mark Chilton hit a brisk 25 in a stand of 57 with Croft.

Croft's century came off 103 balls and he was finally dismissed in the 39th over, caught at long-off by Hildreth off Gregory, who bowled Gareth Cross to finish with 4-40, his second successive four-wicket haul in the competition.