Marcus Trescothick proud to reach yet another milestone
Marcus Trescothick became the third highest ever run scorer for Somerset during his unbeaten double century against Sussex at Hove last week and edged closer to being second with his 87 on Tuesday.
The Somerset captain who started his First Class career with the county back in 1993 has so far notched up 16,945 runs for the county, only 20 runs behind second placed Peter Wight while the leading run maker is Harold Gimblett with 21,142 – still a way off.
The 39 year old was unaware of how significant his runs were as he explained: “I must admit that I only found out when Matt told all the boys on the bus back home from Sussex, so it was a really nice surprise to get after a long day out in the middle.
“I think I’m quite close to sneaking up one more place and getting above Peter Wight who is second. I did a bit of work with Peter at his indoor nets in Bath when I was growing up so it would be nice achievement if I can overtake him eventually.”
What does it mean to have scored so many runs for his beloved county?
“When you set off in your career you don’t think about these sorts of things because you are just so focused on getting runs to win games for the team. It’s only when you sit back afterwards and get the accolades that you realize just what you have achieved.
“I guess the longevity of my playing career has given me the opportunity to score as many runs as I have. To be put up there alongside the leading run scorers for Somerset and see the volume that other people have scored and know you are there with them is a pretty nice feeling I have to admit.
Trescothick’s career can be divided into three parts, before England, his time as a centrally contracted player and post England, about which he said: “I would have loved to have carried on playing for England but that was cut short by my illness and everything that goes with it.
“However what you get in one hand gets taken away in another and I have had the opportunity to play at the Club that I always dreamed of playing at and being here for a long period of time because of what happened.
“I wouldn’t have changed the way things have been because as much I loved playing for England, the opportunity to be at home more and being at the Club you have grown up being involved with is a real pleasure.”
Trescothick has just signed a new one year deal that will see him playing at least until the end of 2016, which will be his 24th season.
“It will be very strange when I eventually decide to finish playing, to not be here, that will be the biggest part of it. To not walk in here on a day-to-day basis and say hello to everyone in the office and in the gym will be very strange to me.
“In the winter we train four days a week but on days off I often pop in because I might have to pick something up or have a meeting to talk about something, so you spend a lot of time in here. There is just such a nice feel about the place because when you have been here a long time its like your second home.”
He may be 39 years old but the Somerset captain is still as enthusiastic about the game as he ever was.
“I still love it and it’s the passion and the pride you get going about your business. The whole point of what you do it for is to play cricket for Somerset with your team mates, so from a personal note to have achieved what I have over the last couple of weeks and to get the rewards after all the hard work is what it is all about.
“That passion is still in me to want to do that and I want to keep it going as long as I can.”
Over the last two weeks, before the start of the current game Trescothick had scored 363 runs for once out, including an unbeaten 210.
“I want to keep that going and keep on repeating that which is my challenge. The hard work gets harder, the mornings get tougher when you wake up, but the hunger and desire and the passion producing the runs I want to get is still there.”
So how long does the man who is arguably Somerset’s best ever home produced player think he can go on for?
“I have always said that I would make my first decision when I was 40 and obviously I am lucky now that I have got another contract.
“I don’t see anything changing right now. I still turn up and do my work as usual and want to carry on for the next 10 years let alone one year, so hopefully I am good enough to do that and the club want to keep our relationship going.”
Trescothick talked about the highlights of his Somerset career.
“My first class debut back in 1993 when Andy Caddick took nine wickets and I got one and three was the start of it all; my famous game is when I scored 167 playing against Glamorgan and got noticed for England, that was a real special one. Also the times when you win trophies like 2005 when we won the T20 Cup although I didn’t play much in that, and 2001, which was a bit more special because I was around a lot for that.”
He added: “I’d just love to win a few more trophies for Somerset before I decide to pack up playing.”