Trego blasts Somerset to shock win

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As Durham cantered to victory at the Riverside to stay at the top of the County Championship, the sensation of the day came at Taunton, where third-placed Somerset pulled off one of the competition's greatest run chases to defeat Yorkshire, scoring 479 for 6 in 85.3 overs to win by four wickets.

It was the second-highest winning fourth-innings score in Championship history, bettered only by Middlesex hitting 502 for 6 to beat Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1925.

After Yorkshire's declaration at 363 for 5, Somerset were given the perfect platform when Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah put on 187 at five runs an over for the first wicket.

David Stiff smashed 49 off 32 balls but it was all-rounder Peter Trego, with an astonishing 103 not out from only 54 deliveries, with nine sixes, who drove Somerset over the line.

Durham stayed top after defeating Worcestershire by five wickets at the Riverside. After Liam Plunkett had taken 11 wickets in the match, Durham needed only 115 more runs when they resumed and completed the job in 75 minutes thanks to an unbeaten century from Michael di Venuto.

Nottinghamshire lost ground when their rain-hit match against Lancashire at Trent Bridge petered out as a draw. Ryan Sidebottom, who hoped to claim for a place in the England side for the opening Ashes Test, took one wicket from a five-over spell.

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