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Tresco puts Somerset on course

Marcus Trescothick looked at his vintage best as Somerset moved within sight of an easy win over Durham in their Championship clash at Taunton.

The former England opener was unbeaten on 58 and had been well supported by Johann Myburgh (48 not out) as Somerset reached 112 without loss at the close of day three chasing a target of 248.

A century from Michael Richardson had earlier given Durham hope of pushing for victory themselves but some inspired bowling by Craig Overton (five for 63) limited the champions to 326 in their second innings.

Even to reach that total Durham had been indebted to a career-best 46 from Chris Rushworth and to Scott Borthwick for batting with a broken finger. Opener Mark Stoneman had fallen three shy of a century.

Borthwick's injury was confirmed early in the day after he suffered a blow on Tuesday, and it may hamper his England Test prospects. The leg-spinning all-rounder, capped against Australia in January, certainly seems unlikely to bowl again in this match.

Durham began the day on 121 for one, 42 runs ahead, and with the platform to set a challenging target.

Richardson and Stoneman took their second-wicket partnership to 161 before the latter fell to a fine catch by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter three runs short of his century.

Stoneman had taken advantage of being dropped twice early on to move within sight of three figures, but there was no escape as Kieswetter took him brilliantly down the legside off Overton.

George Dockrell accounted for Gordon Muchall and Phil Mustard and Durham skipper Paul Collingwood made just three before Peter Trego had him caught at backward point.

Richardson held firm to reach his second century in three games but his efforts came to an end at 116 when he was forced onto his back foot by Overton and played on. He had hit 11 fours and two sixes in his 227-ball knock.

Overton maintained the momentum as he removed Mark Wood, thanks to another good catch by Kieswetter, and Jamie Harrison, first ball, via the safe hands of James Hildreth.

The best catch, however, was still to come as Trego removed Rushworth with a superb one-handed effort on the boundary off Dockrell, ending a frustrating last-wicket stand with Borthwick.

Borthwick was thought unlikely to bat but he came out and resisted for 14 balls.

But Somerset soon appeared to take complete charge as Trescothick, particularly, and Myburgh set about the target with relish.

Trescothick cracked 11 boundaries and Myburgh seven in the final session as Somerset left themselves needing just another 136 to win on the last day.