Marcus Trescothick Somerset
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He peeks from behind those glasses for some time now, but age simply refuses to catch up with Marcus Trescothick, even at 42. Somerset did not have the best of starts in their home match against Essex, at Taunton in the 2018 County Championship match. Their first three batsmen to depart scored a mere 42 between them. The trio included their Azhar Ali, their recruit from Pakistan. However, not only did Trescothick weather the storm, he scored at a brisk rate, carving out a 158-ball 95 that included 16 fours. There were occasional blips: he got stuck in his mid-‘teens’, and was dropped on 23, but once he overcame that there was no stopping him.

Trescothick had scored 71 in his previous outing for Somerset, against Worcestershire, and exactly 100 in the one before that. His innings of 95 left him 80 short of the 26,000-run mark. This may be only his fifth match of the season, but he has quietly moved up to 322 runs.

The Essex attack included Peter Siddle, South African off-spinner Simon Harmer, Tom Westley (who played for England last summer), and Jamie Porter (released from the current Test squad after the XI was announced).

Contributions also came from captain Tom Abell (70), wicketkeeper Steven Davies (45), and Lewis Gregory (42). Abell added 76 with his former skipper Trescothick before the senior man fell to Siddle.

Brief scores:

Somerset 308 for 7 (Marcus Trescothick 95, Tom Abell 70; Peter Siddle 3 for 71) vs Essex.