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Marcus Reflects on Record-Breaking Day

There was no doubting the pride that Marcus Trescothick was feeling at the end of a day on which he had set a new record of 50 First-Class centuries for Somerset.

The previous record was held by Haold Gimblett who scored the first of his 49 centuries in 1935 and the last in 1953.

Marcus said afterwards: “It feels very nice to have broken Harold Gimblett’s record. It has been hanging around for a little while and I have had the whole winter to sit back and dwell on it and get to the point where I was going to hopefully go past it.

“It hasn’t been an easy start for any of us but I have finally got past it and we have done the job that we needed to do. It really is a very nice feeling and I have had a quick glass of champagne in the changing room with the boys and a quick toast which is a nice feeling.”

Having batted for almost the entire day the record breaking centurion said: “It has been a long hot day and I am delighted personally with how it has gone but obviously we need to keep on going and there is a bit of work to be done to improve upon where we are.”

How tough had Marcus found it batting?

“For that initial period when we first went out for the second time it was very tricky and the left arm spinner made it quite tough and got a lot of turn out of the rough. We just had to dig in and we managed to get through and only only lost Dean.”

Talking about his batting prior to this match Marcus said: “Up until this game I have been battling to find the rhythm and the feeling of batting. I asked my sponsors to send me some new bats which are cracking and I have used them during this game.”

He added: “It was nice to get past the 25000 runs yesterday but today I am really delighted to have broken Harold Gimblett’s record.”

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