Somerset Championship skipper Marcus Trescothick defied a blow on the wrist to score a century for the Seconds at Taunton Vale today (Monday 17 August).
Playing in the Second XI Championship match against Hampshire to get match practice ahead of Somerset’s return to County Championship action this weekend, Trescothick had to retire hurt on 13 after being hit by a rising ball.
He returned returned to the crease later in the day to add a further 114 runs to his total.
The former England opener shared a 107-run stand with Zimbabwean teenager Eddie Byrom who also scored a century, to go with the 32 the pair had put on at the start of the day before Trescothick was forced to leave the field.
Trescothick had some valuable time in the middle, facing 146 balls in three and a half hours at the crease and hitting 21 boundaries and a six.
King’s College pupil Byrom, who also plays for club side Taunton St Andrews, has a top score for the Seconds of 179 against Kent earlier this season. He spent an hour longer than his skipper at the crease today, amassing 110 runs from 194 balls with 22 fours.
Despite 32 from Johann Myburgh, Somerset had a middle-order wobble once Byrom departed, with Tim Rouse, Michael Bates, Sam Underdown and George Dockrell all falling cheaply.
However Alfonso Thomas, recently returned from his loan move to Sussex, hit an unbeaten 40 from 49 balls and shared partnerships of 46 with Trescothick and 42 with Bobby Gamble (14*) as Somerset declared on 403-7.
Somerset ended the day on a high as Gamble picked up two top-order Hampshire batsmen for ducks as they closed on 13-2, trailing by 390 runs. Gamble’s figures overnight are a highly impressive 4-4-0-2.
This is not Trescothick’s first appearance for the Seconds this season. He played during last week’s game against Essex, scoring 58 in the first innings.