NatWest Pro40 - Division One
Somerset Sabres 333-4 Innings Complete (M E Trescothick 184, C Kieswetter 121) v Gloucestershire Gladiators 236-3 (M A Hardinges 80 no, Kadeer Ali 73)
Gloucestershire beat Somerset by 12 runs (D/L Method)
Marcus Trescothick smashed the second highest ever 40-over score in England, but his 184 still wasn't enough as Gloucestershire won a high scoring epic at Taunton.
Trescothick's sensational total came off just 112 balls and included 20 fours and six sixes as he and Craig Kieswetter put on a record 302 partnership for the second wicket.
Australian gloveman, Kieswetter himself surpassed three figures as he blazed 121 off 107 balls in tandem with Trescothick to propel the Sabres up to a daunting 333-4 off 40 overs.
However, led by a quick-fire 73 from Kadeer Ali, the Gladiators launched a thrilling counter attack as Mark Hardinges took up the mantle at No.3 with an unbeaten 80 to see the visitors to victory.
After winning the toss on another pristine Taunton track, home skipper Justin Langer had no hesitation in batting first as he and Trescothick stormed to the middle.
However, the dynamic duo were separated soon after when Langer was run out after a superb direct hit from Ali for just three.
Compatriot Kieswetter replaced Langer and quickly found his stride as he and Trescothick immediately began teeing off to all parts of the County Ground.
A brutal array of shots saw both men storm past their centuries as all the Gladiators bowlers found themselves disappearing over and into the boundary during a relentless attack.
With the score and partnership past 300, Steve Kirby (3-87) was rewarded for his hard graft with three late wickets, however the 333 total looked well out of the visitors reach.
However, Ali and Hamish Marshall immediately signalled their intent as the opening pair put on 89 for the first wicket inside 10 overs.
And even when Marshall departed for a 24-ball 43, pinch-hitter Hardinges continued the momentum as the visitors sensed the most dramatic of victories.
The Gladiators hopes were dented when the fluent Ali was run out for 73 off 50 balls after failing to slide his bat in, however Hardinges continued the attack.
After powering past his half-century, Hardinges, who has not been offered a new contract by his county, ensured his side were marginally ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis total before the rain descended.