Somerset legend Marcus Trescothick, 43, has yet to win the County Championship.
In 27th season with Somerset, Marcus Trescothick chasing Championship dream
Somerset legend Marcus Trescothick, 43, has yet to win the County Championship. © Getty

As he prepares for his 27th season of first-class cricket, the former England opener Marcus Trescothick hopes to be able to achieve what he has not done since the day he made his debut for Somerset in 1993 – help his club win the County Championship.

The 43-year-old is Somerset’s all-time leading run-getter and has more first-class hundreds (52) and more List A runs (7374) than anyone in the county’s history. In 2018, Trescothick signed a one-year extension with the county and feels that the vibe in the dressing room is good ahead of the season.

“The club is in a good place and the squad has been built nicely,” he told the Somerset County Gazette. “The introduction of Jack Brooks gives us more experience in the attack – everyone is that year more experienced and more attuned to what goes on in first-class cricket which can give you that extra percentage. If we get a bit of luck with injuries and things go our way then you never know.” (READ: Sir Alastair Cook hits pre-Championship form with 150*)

Trescothick scored 22 and 37 in Somerset’s pre-season warm-up win by 588 runs over Cardiff Marylebone Cricket Club University last week.

“Preparations have gone well. Abu Dhabi was great, I really enjoyed the trip, and the [Cardiff] Uni game here last week was pretty good as well. All in all, we are pretty pleased with where we are,” he said.

For the 2018-19 County Championship, Somerset will be without the veteran allrounder Peter Trego who has retired from first-class cricket but plies his trade in the white-ball formats. (READ: Jack Leach signs extension with Somerset until end of 2020 season)

“It will be a lot quieter, that is for sure,” said Trescothick of Trego’s absence for the Championship. “He will still be around, just not in terms of playing Championship, but I am sure he will still perform really well in one-day cricket.” (READ: Heath Streak appointed bowling coach of Somerset)

Not just on the county front, Trescothick also looks forward to 2019 because of the World Cup and Ashes held in England.

“It’s a huge summer,” he said. “Come the end of September we could have had an Ashes victory and a World Cup victory. The potential for what that could do for the game is huge. We also have the three World Cup games here [at Taunton] which will be spectacular, especially under the lights.”