Trego torment for Crusaders

All-rounder comes back to haunt Middlesex in crushing defeat

Last Updated: 04/05/09 3:42pm

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Trego: Fine performance

Trego: Fine performance

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Friends Provident Trophy - Group B
Middlesex 65 (P D Trego 4-17) v Somerset 66-2
Somerset beat Middlesex by 8 wkts

Peter Trego took four wickets as Somerset routed his old club Middlesex by eight wickets in the Friends Provident Trophy on Monday.

The medium-pacer exploited swinging conditions to induce an edge on to his stumps by Neil Dexter and get opener Billy Godleman caught by Justin Langer at short mid-wicket.

Trego struck twice with successive balls in his fourth over, pinning Dawid Malan and Ben Scott lbw with full-length swinging deliveries and Middlesex were reduced to 22-5 at that stage, with Charl Willoughby having accounted for Phil Hughes lbw.

After a short break for rain, Eoin Morgan fell immediately and only Gareth Berg, with 30, of the later batsmen offered any resistance.

Ben Phillips (3-23) and Alfonso Thomas (2-5) wrapped up the tail as the Crusaders were bowled out for just 65.

Craig Kieswetter and Marcus Trescothick had no intention of waiting for more rain to come along in the reply and the former England opener hit Chris Silverwood for six over long-off before perishing next ball trying to repeat the shot as he skied a catch to third man.

Kieswetter continued his tremendous start to the season, blasting an enormous straight six off Tim Murtagh, and James Hildreth also produced some sparkling attacking shots in helping to see his side to within one run of victory.

And, despite the latter falling lbw to Steven Finn, his partner finished unbeaten on 36 in a total of 66-2.

Victory was Somerset's third in as many group games and they already look well on course for the quarter-finals after inflicting one of the most crushing defeats in the history of the 50-over competition.

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