County Championship: Trego and Gregory save Somerset

Peter Trego
Peter Trego scored 81 in Somerset's first innings against Sussex
LV= County Championship Division One, Taunton
Sussex 208 & 490-4: Machan 192, Nash 142 not out
Somerset 274 & 208-6: Trego 95 not out; Wells 3-56
Match drawn
Somerset 10 pts, Sussex 9 pts
Match scorecard

Peter Trego and Lewis Gregory combined to save Somerset from defeat and earn a draw against Sussex at Taunton.

Set 425 to win in 67 overs, Somerset lost five wickets for 15 runs in 31 balls, but recovered from 84-5 thanks to Trego (95 not out) and Gregory (32).

Earlier, Sussex's Matt Machan scored a career-best 192 but fell to Abdur Rehman eight short of a double century.

His dismissal ended a third-wicket stand of 290 with Chris Nash (142no) before the visitors declared on 490-4.

That had looked a cautious decision by Sussex captain Ed Joyce, leaving his side less than two sessions to force a victory.

Spinners Luke Wells (3-56) and Ashar Zaidi (2-16) raised their hopes of a win, but sixth-wicket pair Trego and Gregory batted for 42.4 overs to secure a draw for the hosts.

Record for Sussex pair
Matt Machan and Chris Nash passed the previous best third-wicket stand for the county against Somerset on the fourth morning at Taunton. Machan and Michael Yardy shared a 275-run partnership at the same ground in 2013.

Machan and Nash added 129 in the 80 minutes before the former's departure, but Sussex batted on until after lunch despite leading by almost 400 runs.

Joyce halted their second innings after Luke Wright's destructive cameo of 39 not out from 12 balls, which included five sixes.

The match looked set to peter out to a draw when Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell saw off the first 19 overs without alarm.

But Wells claimed two quick wickets, bowling Trescothick (33) and then having Johann Myburgh caught at short leg for six, to start the home side's downfall as they slipped from 69-0 to 84-5.

However, Trego - who scored 81 in Somerset's first innings - and Gregory kept Sussex at bay with partnership of 120 before the latter fell to Ollie Robinson shortly before the close.

Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick:

"The partnership between Peter Trego and Lewis Gregory, which saved the game for us, was a great show of character.

"What did disappoint me was that we should have saved the game more easily today instead of putting ourselves in trouble."

Sussex head coach Mark Robinson:

"It was a poor wicket for the first two days, seaming around and offering big turn at times. But in the end it has produced an excellent game of cricket.

"The timing of our declaration was a difficult decision. We were aware of some big run chases here and our batsmen were of the opinion that it was easier to attack than defend on it."

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