Somerset hold out to draw against Pakistan after Trescothick century

Marcus Trescothick scored 106 off 111 deliveries for Somerset.
Marcus Trescothick scored 106 off 111 deliveries for Somerset.
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Pakistanis 359-8 dec & 236-4 dec (Azhar 101no) v
Somerset 128 & 258-8 (Trescothick 106)
Match Drawn
Tour Match, Taunton, day three

Marcus Trescothick slammed a 111-ball 106 as Somerset avoided a defeat at the hands of Pakistan and scored 258 for eight in the second innings as the tour match ended in a tight draw on the third and final day in Taunton.

Pakistan resumed their second innings on the overnight score of 140 for four. Azhar Ali (101 not out) and Asad Shafiq (69 not out) continued from where they left off in the previous day and played positive cricket.

In the 53rd over, Shafiq completed his fifty. Seven overs later, soon after Azhar Ali completed his century, Pakistan declared with the score reading 236 for four after 59.4 overs, setting a target of 468 runs.

In the fourth innings, Trescothick (106) began positively with a flurry of boundaries in the 47-run opening stand.

Adam Hose (8) fell in the 11th over but Trescothick added 98 runs with Tim Rouse (41) for the second wicket. The former England batsman raced away to a 54-ball fifty.

Somerset brought up the team 100 in the 29th over. Trescothick continued to play at nearly run a ball throughout his innings.

Rouse was trapped lbw in the 37th over while Trescothick fell soon after completing his century. At the end of 45 overs, Somerset needed 282 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Rahat Ali (2-30) and Sohail Khan (1-66) removed Peter Trego (0) and Alex Barrow (7) respectively in the space of five overs.

Pakistan closed in on a victory by dismissing James Hildreth (48), Josh Davey (9) and Dominic Bess (21) between overs 58 and 71.

However, Jack Leach (6 not out) and Tim Groenewald (4 not out) saw out the two remaining overs to ensure that the game ended in a draw.

Somerset scored 258 for eight in the second innings in 73 overs. Yasir Shah (4-107) was the top wicket-taker with four scalps.

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