Somerset v Warwicks, Taunton, 2nd day July 19, 2012

Trescothick eyes Flt20 comeback

Ivo Tennant at Taunton

Warwickshire 387 for 7 (Troughton 132*, Woakes 107, Chopra 93) v Somerset

It had been three months since Marcus Trescothick, whose importance to his beloved Somerset cannot be overstated, was able to bat. Whether on account of the extent of what initially appeared a standard injury, or his age, or probably both, his return to the crease had been delayed longer than anticipated. Now, after making 42 for the Second X1 against Essex and stationing himself at first slip, he might well be fit enough to play in his county's Friends Life t20 quarter-final on Tuesday.

Trescothick, the foremost batsman in the county game, will assess the state of his ruptured tendons after one further innings and is likely to make a decision as to his fitness on Tuesday morning. He is, it need hardly be said, "desperate" to play. Brian Rose, Somerset's director of cricket, who journeyed to Coggeshall to watch him bat, is, of course, equally keen for him to return.

"Marcus has done very well, but he is still a little wobbly on his legs," Rose said. "There is no swelling in his ankles, which is a very good sign. We have another one day fixture against the Essex Second X1 and then a CB40 match on Sunday before the quarter-final. We are still being cautious."

Trescothick himself has another concern about the quarter-final: "The 4.15 start is far from ideal for working spectators, but it has been arranged so two quarter-finals can be screened on the same evening. We are hoping Albie Morkel will be released by South Africa to join his compatriot Richard Levi in our side."

Such selections illustrate how hard it is for young supporters - indeed any supporters - to forge an affinity with their local side, so the return of Trescothick, by name and deed a true Westcountryman, will be especially welcome. As, to a lesser degree, has been the reappearance of Max Waller, playing his first championship match for Somerset at Taunton since August 2009 and indeed his first anywhere since that season. He took the wicket of Rikki Clarke on a day of solid run-scoring by the first division leaders.

Varun Chopra, who relishes batting at Taunton, progressed to 93, including 17 fours and a fair degree of application. He collected rather than smashed these runs. Jim Troughton batted with no less assiduousness, for the ball swung in the morning under cloud cover and there was some slow turn for Waller in the afternoon. A straight six off Arul Suppiah's left arm spin was the shot of the day and, come the close, he was undefeated on 132 after five and a half hours batting.

Chris Woakes, too, played a substantial innings. His contribution to a stand of 204 in 50.1 overs with Troughton was 107, his century reached off 142 balls with his 17th four, clouted to midwicket off Waller.

As to Somerset's attack, Alfonso Thomas was the pick. In the morning he had Laurie Evans held in the slips through away swing, Chopra caught down the leg side by Craig Kieswetter, who had missed a more difficult chance off a similar leg glance, and Darren Maddy for a duck by movement away from the bat.

Waller struggled with his control, but that was inevitable after such a long time out of first-class cricket. His figures in his two previous matches, back in 2009, were 0 for 147 and 1 for 37 in the two innings in which he came on, which would offer one reason why he had not been chosen again before this match.

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  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @Ankit I suggest you educate yourself about Trecothick since it's fairly obvious to most cricket fans why he hasn't played in the international T20 competitions. Have to agree with others this does seem like a mashing together of two different articles.

  • John on July 20, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Forgot to comment on Tres. Hope he comes back but hope it's not too early.

  • John on July 20, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    I'm going to combine the topics as there are not separate threads. Re the days play. Well grudgingly as a Somerset fan I have to say very well done to Warwickshire who as I put in a previous post are the only ones (bar rain) to beat Somerset this year. They seem to always have someone down the order who will put their hands up. Worthy winners of the CC.

  • John on July 20, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    @Ankit Bhalchandra Narvekar on (July 20 2012, 04:17 AM GMT) Obviously you have zero knowledge re Trescothick , but he has had a well documented recent history of depression. He mentally broke down on the last test tour to India and can't travel which is why he wasn't at the CLT20. Also he is not a T20 star , he plays all forms and was the best CC batsman by a distance last year. Unfortunately this year he's been plagued with injuries

  • David on July 20, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Please give us a real match report on the days play and not, although interesting to see what is happening with Tres - its nothing to do with this game. There were a number of excellent performances and JT coming back to form and bringing the Bears team back from the brink should have been what this report was about, surely!!

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    wats the point Trescothick....u might b a superstar in county circuit bt after retirement u havent tested your skills @ intl shud have played BBL, IPL & other t20 leagues across d world....JUST BEING A T20 STAR IN ENGLAND IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!!!!!

  • Robert on July 19, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Quite agree chaps. What a strange report - surely the story of the day was the turnaround from 160-odd for 6 to 370-odd for 7! Shades of the match against Lancs at Liverpool here, if the Bears can push to 400-plus then maybe we can force an unlikely win in a rain-affected match again. Great to see "The Doctor" in the runs again. Keep it up Jim, the title's there for the taking.

  • Drew on July 19, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Couldn't agree more, Paul. Thursday's play seems to have been an afterthought. With George Dobell on Test duty, Warwickshire will get the thin end of the wedge again, despite having a seventh wicket partnership of 200+ and their middle order again getting them from a sticky situation to one of probably maximum batting points and a position of dominance.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    This is not a summary of a day's play. The Tres. stuff should have been a different story, with a full summary provided of the days action.

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