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Marcus and George put Somerset on top on day one

Marcus Trescothick and George Bartlett both made centuries as Somerset dominated the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.

Trescothick made exactly 100 while Bartlett contributed 110 as the visitors finished on 321 for five

However, while Bartlett was celebrating his maiden First Class century, Trescothick’s hundred was marred by an injury he sustained when five runs short of the landmark. After playing a ball from Matt Parkinson defensively on the leg side, the 42-year-old suddenly collapsed and needed the help of a runner to get to his century off 137 balls. An x-ray has revealed that the former England man has broken a metatarsal in his right foot.

Trescothick was then caught at the wicket by Dane Vilas off Liam Livingstone when attempting to cut the very next ball he received. Bartlett, however, continued very coolly, reaching his hundred off 189 balls with 12 fours and a six, and was only dismissed when a very sharp edge off Joe Mennie was brilliantly caught at second slip by Livingstone.

Somerset’s dominance of the day had begun when skipper Tom Abell won the toss and opted to have first use of what looks to be a good batting wicket. Matt Renshaw was dismissed for 21 after trying to clip Tom Bailey off his legs but could only sky a straightforward catch to Jordan Clark at deep square leg. Earlier Bailey had conceded 29 runs off his opening three overs, 16 more than he had yielded in his entire 19-over spell in the second innings against Surrey earlier in the week.

Somerset’s batsmen continued to prosper in the afternoon session, although James Hildreth was caught at mid-off by Jordan Clark off Joe Mennie for five to leave Somerset on 215 for three. Bartlett and Tom Abell then added 79 for the fourth wicket before the dismissal of the former. Abell and Steve Davies then looked to be steering their side safely to stumps until Davies was caught down the leg side by Vilas off Clark’s final ball of the day. Abell finished on 48 not out.

The most successful Lancashire bowler on a tough day for Livingstone’s men was Mennie, who finished with two for 59.

The significant news for home supporters on the morning of the game was that England opener, Haseeb Hameed, had been left out of the Lancashire side. Both Hameed and Graham Onions were omitted in order to make room for both Parkinson and James Anderson.  However, the England fast bowler, his hair dyed blond, also had a quiet day, taking nought for 70 from 19 overs.

At the end of a good day for Somerset, Head Coach Jason Kerr said: “George has been playing well and was unlucky not to start the season. He played well last week and it was great to see him get what will hopefully be the first of many hundreds today. Matt Renshaw and James Hildreth also deserves credit and we’ve now made five Championship hundreds.

“It’s just been confirmed that Marcus has got a broken right fifth metatarsal, so he’ll be out for the foreseeable future. It’s too early to say whether he’ll be back later in the season. We need to get clarity on the extent of the break. If it’s a clean break, it’s just a few weeks’ recovery and then we’ll get him back on his feet.”

Reflecting on his maiden century, George Bartlett said: “I was happy that I managed to kick on today. I enjoyed every minute I was batting against Jimmy Anderson. It was a good challenge and it helps when you have people like Marcus down the other end. He helped me through. Tres played beautifully as ever. He got us off to an excellent start and that helped me play my natural game.”

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