Marcus Trescothick was last week named PCA "Player of the Year" for the third time © Getty Images
Marcus Trescothick was last week named PCA “Player of the Year” for the third time © Getty Images

 

By David Green

 

In naming our heroes of the 2011 County Cricket season, it would be impossible to leave out the Somerset captain, who last week was named PCA “Player of the Year” for the third time.

 

Trescothick certainly had another extraordinary season hitting 2518 runs in all competitions. He scored close to 300 Championship runs more than anyone else despite missing Somerset’s last three matches due to an ankle injury. He also fell just 22 runs short of achieving the Holy Grail of 1,000 runs before the end of May.

 

Only eight batsmen in history have broken the fabled 1,000 run barrier before the end of May: WG Grace was the first to achieve the feat in 1895 and was followed by Tom Hayward (1900), Wally Hammond (1927), Charles Hallows (1928), Don Bradman (1930 and 1938), Bill Edrich (1938), Glenn Turner (1973) and Graeme Hick (1988).

 

Trescothick’s England achievements for England as well as the bravery and honesty he demonstrated in tackling the black dog of depression are well documented and does not warrant repetition here. Since arriving back from Australia in a desperate state in November 2006, Trescothick’s phenomenal consistency in the County Championship deserves to be lauded. In those five years, his Championship returns have been:

 

2011: 1673 runs at 79.66 with six hundreds

2010: 1397 runs at 58.20 with four hundreds

2009: 1817 runs at 75.70 with eight hundreds

2008: 1258 runs at 46.59 with three hundreds

2007: 1315 runs at 62.61 with four hundreds

 

Overall that amounts to nearly 7,500 runs at an average of 64 with 25 centuries and just confirms our assertion last week that Trescothick has usurped Mark Ramprakash as the outstanding batsman plying his trade in county cricket today.

 

The only thing missing from Trescothick’s season was the failure of Somerset to shed its bridesmaid’s tag. Runners-up finishes in both the CB40 and Friends Life T20 this season added to the woe of finishing second in every competition last season.

 

Hopefully, Somerset will go one step further in at least one competition next summer and Trescothick will finally get to hold a trophy aloft. If he does, it won’t just be Somerset fans that will be as pleased as punch.

 

He may no longer wear the England cap, but Trescothick leaves many happy memories of his international career with the 219 at The Oval 2003, a brutal 180 at Johannesburg in 2005, the pivotal 90 at Edgbaston 2005 and his 193 at Multan in 2005 prominent within a Test career, which yielded 5825 runs from 76 Tests at 43.79.

 

(David Green is the brain behind the irreverent The Reverse Sweep blog and also writes for a number of cricket publications and sites such as World Cricket Watch. You can follow him on Twitter also@TheReverseSweep. David was a decent schoolboy and club cricketer (and scored his maiden 100 the same week that Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test ton) but not good enough to fulfil his childhood dream of emulating Douglas Jardine by winning the Ashes in Australia and annoying the locals into the bargain. He now lives with his wife and two young children in the South of France and will one day write the definitive biography of Hedley Verity)