Marcus Trescothick: an affectionate appreciation by Richard Walsh
It was revealed recently that Marcus Trescothick would be leaving his role at Somerset to take up a position with the ECB.
Richard Walsh is a local journalist with an affiliation with Somerset CCC that spans decades.
Here Richard looks back fondly at the career of one of Somerset’s greats.
Little did those of us who walked into the Cooper Associates County Ground on May 13th 1993 to watch Somerset host Lancashire realise that we were witnessing the first fledgling steps in the career of Marcus Trescothick.
Few among the large crowd who were present that May morning even knew who Trescothick was when the team was read out, but it wasn’t long before we found out.
Now, 28 years later we are waving cheerio to the man who has become part of the fixtures and fittings of Somerset County Cricket Club and written his name into the record books.
We have all been there to witness every aspect of his long and illustrious career. Not that Tres contributed a great deal with the bat on his debut, but it was certainly a dramatic entry onto the scene, with Somerset running out the unexpected winners over a strong Red Rose county side inside two days, thanks to a career best of nine for 32 from Andy Caddick.
His friends from Keynsham were there to cheer him off the field at Bath when he scored his maiden First Class century against Surrey in 1994.
Considerably fewer of us were there when the tall left hander scored a triple century for Somerset Second XI against Warwickshire in 1997, only to be run out when he had steered his side to within seven runs of the mammoth target of 612.
The arrival of Dermot Reeve certainly had a profound effect on Tres, and after a few seasons when he was trying to work his game out, he scored a career defining century against Glamorgan, who at the time were coached by Duncan Fletcher, who went on to carry out the same role with England.
Tres made his England debut in 2000 and from then until he returned to the county for the 2007 season his appearances for Somerset were infrequent, but he was always to be seen back at Taunton at every opportunity.
Whilst he was involved with England he played a major part in enabling his country to win back the Ashes in 2005. In all he played in 76 Tests and 123 One Day Internationals for his country.
Marcus was a member of the Somerset side that ended the 18 year trophy drought by beating Leicestershire at Lord’s in the C&G Trophy Final of 2001 and four years later played his part in helping the side to victory in the T20 Cup at The Oval.
When he suffered with mental health issues we were there to help and support him, and allow him space to come back home to where he belonged and to do what he liked best- playing cricket and scoring runs for Somerset.
The early end to his international career at the end of 2006 meant that Somerset fans had the chance to enjoy watching him demonstrate his silky smooth skills until he eventually decided to retire at the end of the 2019 season.
Enjoy his batting we did because by the time he decided to pull down the curtains on his playing career Tres had made more First Class centuries and taken more catches for Somerset than any other player, and ended up just short of Harold Gimblett’s total number of runs.
He maybe going, but he will still be coming back to catch up with the team mates and the friends he has left behind and I have a feeling that at some stage he will come back in some official capacity.
Somerset is in his DNA and he will never lose that attachment to his home county, the county that he loves and the county that loves him.
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