Skipper Marcus Trescothick has won The Incider player of the month award for September, which is supported by Somerset County Sports. This particular award was voted for by the team at SCS and by writers of the site.
The evergreen Tres, who has a landmark birthday on Christmas Day, scored 466 runs in the LV= County Championship at an average of 93.2, which is not bad considering he had three scores of 6 and under! Two of those were in a horrible game at Leeds as Somerset lost by an innings and 126 runs.
But the team bounced back against Hampshire at Taunton with Banger scoring 153 in an opening stand of 272 with Tom Abell, whose 131 was his first 1st class century. Tom Copper (118) and James Hildreth (71) also contributed as Somerset hit 630 for 9 to give themselves a lead of 390. Hampshire clawed back and by the time the game was called a draw they had a small lead.
There was another draw against Sussex in a rain affected game that saw one day completely washed out as Tres whacked 210 not out in his team’s haul of 438 for 4. This was his highest first-class score since 2011 and gave him a second consecutive score passing 150.
Somerset finished the season with a win against Warwickshire. Batting first Tres scored 87 to help his team make 438 with the visitors responding with 324. A Somerset victory looked unlikely as the team collapsed to 110 all out leaving the Brummies needing just 225 to win, but a shock fivefer from Tom Cooper and Jack Leach’s 4 for 74 saw Warwick bundled out for 207 handing Somerset a 17-run win.
Well done to Tres. The skipper has a one-year contract and who’s to say he won’t be round for a few years to come yet.
This is his second award on The Incider as he won the award in May last season. We look forward to presenting his bottle of champagne very soon.