Marcus opens refurbished pavilion

Marcus Trescothick returned to the ground that he graced with his presence for 27 seasons recently to officially open the pavilion that now bears his name.

From 1993 until he finally retired from First Class cricket the Keynsham born left hander had scored 26,234 first class runs at an average of 41.05.

In addition to that Marcus played for his country in 76 Test matches in which he scored over 5800 runs at an average of 43.79. He holds the record for the most First Class centuries scored by a Somerset player and also for the most First Class catches for the county.

As he stood in front of the pavilion before cutting the ribbon, Marcus, who had just returned from coaching with the England T20 side in the West Indies, said: “When I first started to play, I was living in the flats behind us and getting to experience what goes on here. Different seasons have come and gone and as your career unfolds there are some many memories.

“Then eventually it comes to an end, and you move on, but standing here and seeing my picture on the side of the building along with the lettering, plus the pictures and various things within is very special and means so much to me to be honoured in this way.

“It feels kind of surreal to drive in and see my picture on the side of the pavilion, but it’s also nice for the family to be able to come in and see it, so it’s a nice feeling.”

To have the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion named after him is obviously the latest in a long line of things that he has been involved with at the ground over the years, but could he highlight a couple of the others from his long and distinguished playing career?

“It’s quite hard to pinpoint a couple of pivotal moments because over the course of 27 years there have been lots of different things that have happened. Every trophy you win stays in people’s minds because they come to watch the finals.

“In the changing room you also have great moments to share with players and friends and colleagues within that setting, which is really nice.

“My first game ever was quite remarkable. It was my first experience of four-day cricket and it finished in two days! I thought ‘wow, is this what it’s going to be like?’ However, I soon found out that it wasn’t the reality of most games

“One of the earlier memories of playing here was when I scored 322 chasing 612 in a Second XI match against Warwickshire – and we still lost. It was one of those days when everything just clicked for me.

“Another one would one when I scored 167 against Glamorgan, which was a pivotal moment in my career and set me on the way to bigger and better things. That probably kick started my England career.

“When I broke the record for the number of First Class centuries for Somerset against Warwickshire was another special moment.”

What does he miss most about not playing?

“Probably the one thing that I miss is smacking the ball to get to your 100 or winning the game and celebrating when you walk off with the crowd, the adulation and the pat on the back you get from everyone when you are out there. You wish you could just relive that all again.”

After officially cutting the ribbon to open his pavilion, Marcus proceeded through the door and led the way up to the 1875 Club where he talked to those who so generously donated their 2020 Memberships to the Club.

Marcus then proudly led a guided tour around the newly refurbished and redecorated Marcus Trescothick Pavilion.

A special drinks reception was then held in the Somerset Cricket Museum, where Marcus donated the bat that he used to make his record-breaking 52nd century for the Club.

This was then followed by a special dinner in the Long Room during which Marcus talked at length about his career and what Somerset CCC means to him. He also answered several questions from the floor before an auction raised £500 for the Somerset Cricket Foundation.

Words by renowned local journalist Richard Walsh.

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