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Trego century leads Somerset to victory

A fine century from Peter Trego helped Somerset to a record run chase at the Ageas Bowl as they overcame Hampshire but it wasn’t enough to see the team from the West Country through to the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Victory for Essex over Kent Spitfires meant that there was heartache for Somerset who missed out on qualification by just one place as they finished fourth in the South Group.

Despite defeat Hampshire confirmed their place at the top of the South Group and a home semi-final – with their opposition to be confirmed when the North Group concludes tomorrow.

James Vince (109), Tom Alsop (95) and Liam Dawson (76) all contributed as Hampshire set Somerset 357 to win.

Johann Myburgh and Steven Davies got Somerset’s chase off to a stormer as they smashed 87 off the opening 11 overs.

Davies got some luck but when Brad Taylor entered the attacked he bowled the Somerset opener third ball. However, Myburgh reached his half century in 39 balls.

The below-par fielding continued to help the visitors before Vince held onto a skier from Myburgh.

Trego shared a run-rate boosting 110-run stand with James Hildreth, with both collecting 50s, the former at a run-a-ball and the latter from 35 deliveries.

Hildreth played some outstanding shots before he departed for 56 when Lewis McManus smartly stumped him off Wood, but Trego continued to reach three figures.

However, with eight overs to go Trego was caught at long off, before Matt Renshaw, who had amassed 40, was lbw to Dawson.

Crane bowled Lewis Gregory, who was attempting a switch hit, before Roelof van der Merwe holed out to Alsop at deep mid-wicket to give Steyn his first Hampshire scalp.

Wood bowled the last over, but failed to defend 11 as Craig Overton clipped over the top to win off the final delivery.

Earlier in the day Hampshire won the toss and for the first time in this season’s competition they elected to bat first on a good wicket under blue skies with a short boundary on one side.

Rilee Rossouw edged Overton’s second ball to Trego at second slip but new batsman Vince was in fine form.

Vince and Alsop both collected fifties, off 48 and 55 balls respectively, while the latter moved past 1,000 List A runs.

Alsop looked on course for a first ton of the summer but on 95 he feathered Roelof van der Merwe behind to end the 185-run stand, a county record for any partnership against Somerset. Joe Weatherley then sent a caught and bowled back at the same bowler an over later.

Vince claimed his seventh format century from 88 deliveries, but was bowled by Gregory.

Hampshire’s slump continued as Taylor and McManus fell, the former run out and the latter bowled to give Ben Green his maiden wicket.

However, Dawson, returning from a hand injury which had kept him out of action since the beginning of May, set up the hosts’ 84-run blast off the last seven overs.

Dawson was the scorer in chief crashing three maximums and seven fours in his 76-runs from 47 ball assault.

Late wickets fell as Gareth Berg was run out by keeper Davies, Dawson was caught at long on and Wood chipped to short fine leg – Hampshire ending on their highest List A score at the Ageas Bowl of 356.

The match scorecard can be viewed here

After the match Peter Trego said: “It was a great win and nice to play a substantial part in the win, although there were 260 other runs scored by the other guys. Craig Overton stood up for us when we needed him and it’s great to see him get us over the line.

“It was a great batting and team performance and shows what we are capable of on our day.

“I thought they were 30 or 40 runs over par and tonight was one of the rare nights you chase over 300, so it was really special.

“We will take the positives from this, despite going out, and take them into the Championship match at the weekend.”

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