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Day 4 of 4
Somerset won by 4 wickets.

Somerset vs Yorks

Stunning win for Somerset

Home run chase is second highest in championship history

Trego: 54-ball century

LV County Championship - Division One
Taunton - Day Four
Yorkshire 438 (J A Rudolph 191, D A Stiff 4-92) & 363-5 dec (J J Sayers 152, A Lyth 71, J M Bairstow 66 no) v Somerset 326 (M E Trescothick 146, J C Hildreth 51, M J Hoggard 5-82) & 479-6 (A V Suppiah 131, P D Trego 103 no, M E Trescothick 96) Somerset (20pts) beat Yorkshire (8pts) by 4 wkts

Somerset have scored an astonishing four-wicket County Championship victory over Yorkshire after their batsmen overhauled a massive target of 476 runs to win.

Arul Suppiah made a career-best 131 and Peter Trego hit an exhilarating 54-ball century as the home side reached their goal with 4.3 overs to spare.

It was the second highest successful run chase in the competition's 145-year history, the fourth highest in first class cricket in England and the eighth highest of all time.

With Yorkshire adding another 34 runs before declaring on 363-5, Somerset came out firing as Suppiah and Marcus Trescothick made an opening stand of 187 in 42 overs.

The former England opener played superbly for his 96, off 117 balls, with 15 fours and a six, and was unlucky to be out when he played on attempting to leave a ball from Matthew Hoggard.

Somerset moved to 246 before Suppiah - who hit 14 fours and two sixes - had a swing at off-spinner Azeem Rafiq and top edged a catch to Anthony McGrath at mid-wicket.

Somerset then sent in pace bowler David Stiff as a pinch-hitter and the former Yorkshire player responded with four sixes and four fours in scoring 49 before falling to Hoggard.

When Craig Kieswetter (17) was bowled by Rafiq it seemed Somerset would fall short - skipper Justin Langer content to work the ball around while his partners went for big hits.

It was Trego, coming in at seven, who succeeded in the most spectacular manner, scoring 42 runs in the space of 11 balls.

Somerset by now needed only five an over from the last nine but Trego carried on in much the same vein to record the fastest first-class century of the season.

With Langer having departed, it was left to Zander de Bruyn to hit the winning boundary - the heavens opening within minutes of Somerset's win.

Day three

Joe Sayers' second century of the season allowed Yorkshire to open a 441-run lead over Somerset by stumps on day three.

The Tykes opener was bowled by Zander de Bruyn (1-22) for 152 from the final ball of the day as the visitors closed at 329-5 in their second innings at Taunton.

Left-arm seamer Charl Willoughby (2-39) removed first-innings centurion Jacques Rudolph (0) and Anthony McGrath (25) to put Yorkshire in early trouble at 58-2.

But Sayers, who struck 20 fours and a six, survived a chance on 30 to share century stands with Adam Lyth (71) and Jonathan Bairstow (54no) as Somerset's all-seam attack toiled.

At the start of the day, the Cidermen had failed to add to their overnight first-innings position of 326-9 before Matthew Hoggard had last man Willoughby (6) caught behind to finish with figures of 5-82.

Yorkshire took a first-innings advantage of 112 and, thanks to their batsmen, turned it into an unassailable position by the end of the third day.

Day two

Marcus Trescothick sizzled for Somerset on day two at Taunton, helping the hosts finish on 326-9 in reply to Yorkshire's total of 438.

The former England opener made 146 - his third ton in the LV County Championship this summer - to hold the home side's innings together.

In nearly five hours at the crease in hot conditions the left-hander hammered a six and 24 fours before falling late on to seamer James Lee.

Trescothick shared stands of 80 in just 10 overs with James Hildreth, who made 51 off just 38 deliveries, and then 71 with Zander de Bruyn (31).

However, Yorkshire - who were bowled out for 438 in their first innings having resumed on Wednesday morning on 375-7, chipped away throughout to take command of the Division One contest.

Matthew Hoggard was the pick their attack with 4-82, including removing the dangerous duo of Craig Kieswetter (28) and Peter Trego in the final session.

Day one

Jacques Rudolph's 191 was the highlight as Yorkshire reached 375-7 on the first day at Somerset.

Having opted to bat first on a typically flat Taunton wicket, the Tykes lost opener Joe Sayers to the new ball but took control thereafter.

After Sayers had been bowled by Alfonso Thomas for eight, Rudolph and Anthony McGrath were made to work hard during an 80-run stand for the second wicket.

Rudolph was yorked off a no-ball on 32 by Andrew Caddick, while McGrath (40) was hit on the helmet.

Although Somerset chipped away at Yorkshire's middle-order, they could make no impression on Rudolph, who completed his 31st first-class century during the afternoon.

And the South African-born left-hander had moved within nine of a double hundred when he played on off David Stiff (1-75) in the evening session.

Rudolph faced 267 balls and struck 29 fours during his five-and-a-half hour stay.

Thomas (3-50) followed up by having both Jonathan Bairstow (39) and Azeem Rafiq (4) caught behind to peg back the visitors - who are bidding to avoid a record 18th first-class game without a win - to 375-7 at the close.

Former England seamer Caddick, 40, making his first appearance of the season as part of Somerset's all-seam attack, finished with 0-77 from 16 overs.

Match Details

30th Jun - 3rd Jul 2009
St James Street, Taunton
T E Jesty and D J Millns


Batsman R
Trescothick b Hoggard 96
Suppiah c McGrath b Rafiq 131
Hildreth b Hoggard 18
Stiff c Bairstow b Hoggard 49
Langer c Bairstow b Patterson 24
Kieswetter b Rafiq 17
Trego not out 103
de Bruyn not out 27
Extras 4nb, 2w, 1b, 7lb 14
Total Close, 85.3 Overs 479 - 6
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Hoggard 24 0 118 3
Shahzad 19 1 119 0
Patterson 21 2 98 1
Lee 6 0 50 0
Rafiq 14.3 0 72 2
Rudolph 1 0 14 0
Full Bowling Card