Another century for Marcus as Somerset draw
Marcus Trescothick hit his 60th First Class century to lead Somerset to a comfortable draw on the final day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Lancashire at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
Needing 180 to avoid an innings defeat, the hosts were 229 for two when the players shook hands at 4.50pm, Trescothick having contributed 129 not out and skipper Chris Rogers an undefeated 75.
The two veteran left-handers defied everything Lancashire could throw at them in an unbroken partnership of 168 as Somerset took nine points and Lancashire 11.
The day began encouragingly for Lancashire when Kyle Jarvis removed the off stump of nightwatchman Tim Groenewald with the total on 13. Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan was introduced from the River End as early as the 16th over and he soon dismissed Tom Abell for ten, taking a return catch off a leading edge to make it 61 for two. At that stage, Somerset looked in for a real battle, but Trescothick reached fifty off 83 balls and Rogers provided solid support as they set about saving the game. By lunch, the pair had taken the score to 97 for two.
The former England opener reached an invaluable hundred in the final over before tea, off 197 balls, with 12 fours.
Rogers reached his half-century off 147 deliveries with six boundaries and both he and Trescothick used all their experience to combat Kerrigan, bowling into the rough outside their off stumps.
It made for fascinating cricket in the Taunton sunshine and by tea Somerset were out of danger on 178 for two. With the pressure receding, Rogers began to play more shots and for all their efforts Lancashire resigned themselves to the inevitable.
A curtailed final session saw both batsmen relax, without giving their wickets away. They now boast a combined total of 133 First Class centuries.
Following the match Somerset Captain Chris Rogers said: “It’s been another good fighting performance for us. I think losing the toss was a tough one to swallow because I thought it was definitely a bat first wicket and you’d have the upper hand.
“It was a tough day on Tuesday but we set ourselves to bat all day today and we did a good job and Marcus’ innings was outstanding.
Regarding his own batting in the match Chris said: “If you have a little time away it takes a little while to get back into it. I had a couple of good training sessions in the week and sorted a couple of things out. That first innings gave me a lot of confidence and was a bit of a turning point. It would be nice to spend a lot more time out there and support the likes of Marcus and James Hildreth whose innings in the first innings was the highest quality.”
Regarding the 60th first class century of his career Marcus said: “I’m pleased with how it went and it’s always nice when you can battle through until the end and get the team over the line when we were facing a tough day. It was always going to be a challenge but it was nice to come out on top and get back to back hundreds.
“It’s always going to be a challenge against someone like Jimmy Anderson. His skill levels are very high and he is used to playing on pitches when the ball doesn’t swing. It was tricky, there’s no doubt about it. He was the one who turned the game yesterday when he got three wickets in an over, so it was tricky and I got lucky at times.”
Regarding his partnership with Chris Rogers he said: “It was a good partnership and we managed to work well together and fed off each other a little bit so hopefully we can get a few more of these as the season goes on.”