While the England opener, Marcus Trescothick, dogged by poor form and fortune during the winter, was delighted to emerge from the doldrums as Somerset cruised into the next round of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy in Edinburgh yesterday, England's new one-day captain Michael Vaughan struggled.
Trescothick hit an unbeaten 103 from 70 balls as Somerset easily passed Scotland's total of 138 for 9. "People keep talking about how badly I did in Australia and at the World Cup but form goes in cycles," said the left-hander. "I was personally not too concerned and feel I have moved on from there."
Despite Vaughan's contribution, a meagre 10, Yorkshire cruised to an 85-run win over Cambridgeshire, thanks in large part to Matthew Wood's unbeaten 118, which helped them to a total of 299 for 5. Cambridgeshire at least batted out the overs, with Nigel Gadsby scoring 53 and Ajaz Akhtar making 46 in their 214 for 8.
Lancashire easily downed Devon at Exmouth. The hosts claimed only one wicket, Mark Chilton's, as Iain Sutcliffe (89 not out) led the visitors to a winning total of 182 in reply to a Devon innings of 180.
At Ascott Park Gloucestershire overpowered Buckinghamshire to win by 324 runs. The Second Division side amassed 401, with Tim Hancock top-scoring with 135, before Buckinghamshire buckled as they mustered only 77, James Averis taking 6 for 23.
At Chelmsford Will Jefferson hit 132 as Essex overcame their own Board XI with 42 runs to spare, after scoring 315 for 6.
Durham cruised to victory with eight wickets and 27 overs to spare against Berkshire at Reading. Vince Wells took 6 for 20 to help restrict Berkshire to 110 all out.
Matthew Maynard's 115 helped Glamorgan to an 86-run win over the Durham Board XI at Darlington. Maynard put on 135 with Ian Thomas (93) as the Welshmen piled up 312 for 9 in their innings.
Bedfordshire made life difficult for Warwickshire at Luton, with William Sneath claiming 4 for 38 before the visitors posted 233 for 8 and held on by 15 runs, while at the Rose Bowl some big hitting by the Sussex captain, Chris Adams, guided his county to an unlikely four-wicket win over their neighbours Hampshire in the last over of their all first-class tie. Sussex had required 27 from the last two overs to overhaul the hosts' total of 213 for 7 – and they made it.
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