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Road to Lord's in Yorkshire Bank 40 in summer 2013 promises the same excitement as the epic 2012 final win for Hampshire...which all came down to the last ball

Peter Trego is adamant Somerset will not fall into the trap of underestimating the Unicorns when they begin their Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign tomorrow.

Marcus Trescothick`s side are among the favourites to reach another Lord`s final in the 40-over competition, having previously done so in 2010 and 2011.

In the eyes of some, a home game against the Unicorns - a side comprised of players not contracted to any of the first-class counties - may seem like the perfect opening fixture for Somerset.

However, Trego is well aware of how dangerous this weekend`s visitors can be - and knows he and his team-mates will have to be on top of their game if they are to make a winning start.

Asked how Somerset will approach the Unicorns fixture, the all-rounder told ecb.co.uk: "With the utmost respect first and foremost, because they`re all very talented players in their own right and obviously very hungry to catch the eye of any potential employers.

Peter Trego

Speaking of his own game, Peter Trego told ecb.co.uk: "Hopefully I can continue the bowling form and turn the batting form around a little bit."

"You`ve got to be on your toes for games like that and Somerset have had a couple of close run-ins with them in the past.

"Mentally, it`s arguably one of our toughest challenges of the season because it`s viewed as a bit of a banana skin. You have to face up there as professionally as possible and get the job done.

"People in all sports talk about the underdog and it`s a very powerful place to be sometimes. A bit of hunger and drive can turn up some amazing performances. You`ve got to be very watchful and on your toes in games like that."

Trego, last year's FTI MVP, has made a mixed start to the county season in red-ball cricket.

Eight wickets - including six in the season-opener at Durham - represents an encouraging tally after just three matches, but runs have so far proved harder to come by for the 31-year-old.

A tally of 19 from five LV= County Championship innings clearly falls well below what Trego would have hoped for, but he is hopeful a change of format will bring a change in fortunes.

"It`s actually come at a very good time," added Trego when discussing the start of the 40-over campaign.

"I`ve had a few low scores in the County Championship and it`s a chance to change the colour of the ball, change the mindset a little bit and hopefully find a bit of form.

"It`s very early days and I`m not overly concerned by it, but it would be nice to get my first big score of the season pretty soon.

"Hopefully I can continue the bowling form and turn the batting form around a little bit."

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