Marcus, James and Lewis in good touch on day three

Marcus Trescothick, James Hildreth and Lewis Gregory all impressed on the final day of this three-day pre-season match against Warwickshire in Abu Dhabi.

Before play got underway, Somerset CEO Andrew Cornish led the players in a moment of reflection regarding the life of former Committee Member, Brian Daw whose funeral was held today.

Warwickshire resumed on 99 for five but that soon became 104 for six when Craig Overton trapped Sam Hain lbw for 27.

Jack Brooks then bowled Matt Lamb for 12 before Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald finished Warwickshire off. The Bears were all out for 155.

In reply Somerset openers Trescothick and Eddie Byrom put on 43 for the opening wicket before the younger man fell for 17.

Trescothick and Hildreth then shared a second wicket stand of 78. Hildreth was the man to go for 46, and when Trescothick retired out on 62 Somerset were 134 for three.

Lewis Gregory then hit an impressive 73 not out as Somerset finished on 240 for four.

After the match Marcus Trescothick said: “It felt good to get some time out in the middle. It’s the first time that I’ve batted on foreign soil since 2006, so to be out here for a couple of weeks and to play has been lovely.

“The boys got a couple of wins in the one-day games which was great. This game has been a little harder to judge from the point of view of whether it’s a win or not but we’ve gained a lot from it, that’s for sure.

“The bowlers have got through some good spells and several of the batters have spent time at the crease. The key is to be one step closer to being ready for that first game against Kent.”

At the conclusion of this tour Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We couldn’t have finished this tour in a better way. It was a challenging surface so to see Tres, Hildy and Lewis play the way they did today was outstanding. The bowlers did their job too and picked up this morning where we’d left off last night. They were disciplined, asked a lot of questions with the ball and got their rewards.

“Marcus has been outstanding on this trip from start to finish. His history has been well documented, so for him to come out here was brilliant. In the first week he acted as a member of the support staff and worked with the coaches.

“He gave a lot of his time to the other players and even sacrificed some of his own time in the nets to work with the other lads. To see him play the way he did today was great and it will give him a lot of confidence going in to the match against Cardiff.”

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