Local cricket hero Marcus Trescothick
PUBLISHED: 09:46 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:52 15 July 2016
Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick looks back over his centuries with Richard Walsh
Life begins at 40 is an old adage but in the case of Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick who passed that landmark birthday on Christmas Day it looks like it may well be true because this season he got off to a flying start and has written his name into the county record books.
In the match against Surrey at the Oval in April, Trescothick became the second highest first class run scorer in the history of Somerset County Cricket Club, when he overtook Peter Wight, the previous holder.
Since making his debut for the county back in May 1993, Trescothick has scored more than 17,000 first class runs for Somerset.
In 2015 the former England opener enjoyed a successful summer during which he scored 1,311 runs which included three centuries.
The sportsman from Keynsham kick started the 2016 campaign with two centuries in the first three matches- the first against Surrey at the Oval and the other an unbeaten 138 against Lancashire back at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
In his 24-year career Trescothick has scored a total of 60 first class centuries, 46 of which have been for Somerset, making him the third highest century maker for the county, one behind Viv Richards with 46 and three behind Harold Gimblett with 49.
Looking back over his centuries for the county the local hero says: “Every century that you get is different and every one of them is a real achievement, but looking back over my centuries for Somerset three of them stand out more than the others.
“The first that stands out is my maiden century, I think it was 122 against Surrey at Bath, which was very special because it was close to my home at Keynsham.
“There were a lot of my friends there to cheer me as I walked off and I felt really proud as I came back into the pavilion at the Rec. Your first century is always very special so this is one I will never forget.
“Another pretty special one for me was the 167 that I got against Glamorgan at the County Ground at Taunton in 1999, which was watched by Duncan Fletcher and was the innings that led to my selection to go on and play for England.
“I guess the other one that is special is my biggest score of 284, which I made in the championship against Northants at Northampton in 2007.”
Trescothick talks about how it felt to score a century for Somerset.
“Scoring a century for my own county is something very special and an achievement you can never take for granted. A couple of seasons ago I went for a long time without getting a century, so you appreciate just how tough they are to score when you experience that and also how rewarding it is when you do.
“That means that you have to enjoy every one of them when they come along and it’s nice that I have got one in each of our last matches.”
Trescothick has now got three challenges remaining before he finally decides to hang up his boots.
“Of course Id love to be part of a Somerset team that lifts the county championship for the first time ever- that’s the Holy Grail for me.”
His other two are personal to him and they both involve chasing down Gimblett’s individual scoring records.
“Of course you don’t play for records but when they come along then they mean a lot, especially as it’s for Somerset, the county that I have always wanted to play for from a young age.
“Even though I have scored two centuries Gimblett’s record still seems a long way away so we will have to see how we go. In the meantime I am just enjoying scoring runs and hopefully more centuries - there’s nothing I’d like more, but that will need some more hard work!”
Harold Gimblett and Marcus Trescothick’s records
Born - Bicknoller, Somerset, on 19 October 1914.
Educated – West Buckland School, North Devon.
Died - Verwood (Dorset) on 30 March 1978.
Right handed top order batsman
Debut for Somerset in May 1935 against Essex at Frome where he hit 123 on his debut, after being called up at the last minute.
Last match for Somerset - 1954.
Highest individual innings - 310 v Sussex at Eastbourne 1948.
Number of centuries for Somerset- 49.
Number of Test Match appearances - three between 1936-38.
Total first class runs for Somerset - 21,142 in 329 matches.
Born - Keynsham, Somerset, 25 December 1975.
Educated – Sir Bernard Lovell School, Oldland, Bristol.
Left handed batsman, occasional wicket-keeper and medium pace bowler.
Debit for Somerset in May 1993 against Lancashire at the County Ground in Taunton in the game that Andy Caddick took 9 for 32.
Highest individual innings – 284 against Northamptonshire at Northampton 2007.
Number of first class centuries for Somerset to date - 46
Number of Test Match appearances – 76 between 2000-2006.
Number of One Day Internationals - 123.
Total first class runs for Somerset to date - 17,253 from 257 matches.