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Marcus passes 25,000 runs in Somerset reply

Marcus Trescothick went past 25,000 First Class runs as Somerset replied to Warwickshire’s 413 all out on the third day of the rain-affected Specsavers County Championship First Division match at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The former England opener was unbeaten on 41 at stumps in a total of 94 for four, having begun his innings needing 29 to reach the remarkable milestone. Grant Thornton, on his Championship debut, took two for 14 from five overs.

Earlier Jonathan Trott had made 175 in the Warwickshire first innings, the 20th time he had gone past 150 in First Class cricket. He received good support from Sam Hain (39), Tim Ambrose (63) and Rikki Clarke (57), while there were three wickets each for Jamie Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.

Play began on time, with Warwickshire 124 for three and Trott unbeaten on 50. The first half hour saw him survive a confident appeal for a catch behind down the leg side off Peter Trego, who then dropped him at fourth slip off Craig Overton before he had added to his overnight score.

The total had progressed to 150 when Hain was bowled by a full delivery from left-arm spinner Jack Leach. It was Somerset’s only success of the morning session as Ambrose and Trott took the score to 215 for four at lunch.

Trott was 13 short of his hundred and there were no more alarms as he brought it up with three successive boundaries off the previously economical Leach. He had faced 212 balls and hit 16 fours.

Ambrose played confidently to reach a 100-ball half-century, with five fours and a six, before falling to an unusual and brilliant catch by Trescothick, who anticipated a sweep off Leach and moved from slip as the shot was being played to take a left-handed catch at leg slip.

Rikki Clarke came in with licence to attack as Warwickshire chased maximum batting points and was soon on the attack. Trott moved comfortably to 150 and the pair had added 95 in 16.2 overs when he was caught at backward point off Jamie Overton, having batted for six hours and extended his boundary count to 22 fours and three sixes.

Tea was taken on Trott’s dismissal with Warwickshire 391 for six, needing nine runs off as many balls for a fifth batting point.

They fell short as Keith Barker was caught at mid-wicket and Clarke failed to make contact with two big swings at the end of the 110th over, bowled by van der Merwe. A clatter of wickets followed, the last five falling  for 22 runs.

Somerset had progressed to 21 in reply when Dean Elgar was trapped in front during an impressive opening spell from Barker. Tom Abell was then dismissed for eight when he jammed down on a full ball from Jeetan Patel and the ball trickled back onto his stumps.

After Trescothick had acknowledged the applause of the crowd, having moved onto 31 Warwickshire struck two more blows.

James Hildreth, on 14, was pinned lbw on the back foot by Thornton for the seamer’s maiden Championship wicket. Then the 24-year-old quickly followed up by having Steve Davies caught at short-leg for seven.

After the close of play Marcus said: “I was only informed recently that I was 29 short of 25,000 First Class runs in my career, so I have been sweating on that for a couple of weeks. I was getting a bit tense at times as you can imagine so its nice to get past it now.”

Regarding the state of the game he said: “Of course it’s not ideal where we are and once again we haven’t quite hit our straps again and haven’t been bang on the money. We have had a few decisions go again us as you do which we have to take on the chin and move on from.

“We have been in these positions before and we know what we have got to do. There is no point in licking your wounds. You have got to get on and do the job.”

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