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Trego's flashing blade slays Dragons

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Peter Trego's blistering 81 off 43 balls set Somerset on course for a three-wicket Clydesdale Bank 40 victory over the Welsh Dragons at Taunton that kept alive their faint hopes of progressing from Group B.

The hosts chased down a target of 251 with 13 balls to spare, Trego dominating an opening stand of 92 with Marcus Trescothick, who made only 14.

Nick Compton aided Somerset’s successful pursuit with 53, while Dean Cosker was the pick of the visiting attack with 2-37.

Chris Cooke's superb 137 not out, including four sixes and 11 fours, had propelled the visitors to a challenging 250 for nine, yet the 26-year-old South African lacked support, with only Stewart Walters contributing to a significant partnership.

Trego claimed 3-45 before making a bigger impression with his explosive batting, while Steve Kirby picked up 3-43 as the home seamers varied their pace cleverly.

Peter Trego

Peter Trego's 43-ball 81 gave Somerset every chance of beating Glamorgan at Taunton and the hosts duly triumphed by three wickets

Cooke totally dominated Glamorgan's innings, giving just one chance on 108 when Alfonso Thomas dropped a return catch. Even at that late stage it proved an expensive miss because the batsman went on to add 29 to his score as 49 came off the last five overs.

Only Walters gave Cooke much support, the pair adding 75 for the fourth wicket in good time before Walters became the third Glamorgan batsman to perish to a leading edge, caught at cover off Thomas for 34.

With wickets falling regularly at the other end, Cooke had to rein himself back, but he still cleared the ropes four times in reaching his first ton for the Dragons, including a glorious strike over midwicket off Thomas in the final over.

Somerset had two of their players taken to hospital during the Glamorgan innings. Craig Meschede damaged a finger and substitute fielder Alex Barrow was briefly knocked out when crashing head first into an advertising board in trying to prevent a boundary, but thankfully recovered in the treatment room.

The hosts' fielding was below par with a number of fumbles, but there was nothing indecisive about their batting as Trego went ballistic after being dropped by Simon Jones off his own bowling at the start of the second over.

The powerful 31-year-old needed only 26 balls to pass 50, with 11 fours, and celebrated with a straight six off Cosker. He looked on course for a remarkable ton, only to pull a ball from Cosker straight to Jim Allenby at midwicket.

After James Hildreth fell cheaply, Jos Buttler helped Compton ease Somerset towards their target before Lewis Gregory's 39 kept them ahead of the required rate.

Meschede had to bat at the end, despite his injured finger, which did not stop him hitting a straight six off Allenby.

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