Tom and Tres: The happy centurions!
Tom Abell was a very happy and proud young man when he sat alongside his captain at the end of play press conference after scoring his maiden First Class century for Somerset.
The 21 year old made 131 out of an opening partnership of 272 with his captain Marcus Trescothick, a total that was only one short of the record opening stand for Somerset against Hampshire.
“My first century has been a little while coming, but I am absolutely delighted, relieved and pretty ecstatic to get my first one. I managed to get past the 100 mark this time because there have been a few times when I haven’t quite managed to do it.”
During his innings the local boy went past 1000 First Class runs in his 17 match career and also beat his previous career best.
“Its always pretty nice to hear those thing over the tannoy and hopefully there will be a few more landmarks around the corner.
“Quite a few times I have made 50 and got out so it was pleasing to go on today and make a significant contribution and help to get
us ahead of the game.”
Talking about his opening partner Tom said: “It was top drawer and he kept me going at times, especially this morning when I was struggling to get going, but there is no better partner to have in the country I guess.”
At one stage Tom was ahead of his captain in the race to get to three figures, but in the end it was the senior man who won through.
“I think it will be the first and last time that I will be ahead of Tres – I thought that I would let him take the glory and get to three figures first!
“It was a great feeling for me to be out there when Tres got his and vice versa.
“The last week or so has been pretty tough after the Yorkshire game so to come back and bat the way we have in this game is a good sign moving forward for us.”
Alongside him Marcus said: “I think we are building a formidable partnership, and when you work together a lot more you just get used to how each other operates. I try to give him as much knowledge and help as I can do but he looks after himself. If he plays in the fashion he has today then he doesn’t need a great deal of telling what to do. He works it out for himself and goes ahead and does it.
“It’s delightful to see because not only is he playing so well, you get the next generation of the team coming through combining with the Overton’s and Lewis Gregory and others like that. To see the next generation succeeding gives you great pride in the knowledge that you are going to leave the club in good hands.”
Talking about his own innings Marcus said: “I played well and really enjoyed batting out there. We needed a good partnership to get ourselves going and try to get ahead of the game.
“The position we are in now, having bowled them out for 240 is a great achievement and then to bat as long as we can is what we set out to do from the start.”
The captain went on: “It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons and last week was probably the toughest game so far so to bounce back and get ourselves into the position we are now in is great but there is still a lot of work to do.”
Talking about his new one year contract the skipper said: “I’m delighted and still love the game. I get up each morning and get out there every day and get ready for the match.”
Regarding the state of the game Marcus said: “The match is nicely poised from our point of view- we are 330 ahead with two days to go. We will discuss overnight how we are going to play it to try and win the game by bowling them out again.”
Talking about his captain Tom said: “I watched a lot of Somerset when I was growing up so to be playing alongside these guys is pretty surreal for someone like me who is still pretty young. To be given the opportunity to play is quality and I am relishing it.
Marcus added: “I felt a bit like I was the warm up act today, just to get a hundred before Tom so the crowd could say well played to me. Then when Tom got his century the noise was the biggest celebration I have heard for a hundred. He has worked hard all season and has got into a good position and we have been bowled out leaving him not out, but this time you could hear the pleasure in everybody’s voices and the pleasure they were feeling.”
Marcus added: “I could hear the noise from the changing room and it was the loudest I have ever heard it and it was a really nice moment.”