County news May 24, 2013

Trescothick 'devasted' by thrashing

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Marcus Trescothick, the Somerset captain, has said he was "embarrassed" by his team's performance against Sussex where they crumbled to an innings defeat in little more than four sessions at Horsham.

They were bowled out before lunch on the first day for 76 and only crept into double figures second time around with 108. It was their third Championship defeat in six matches and they are seventh in table without a victory just three points clear of the relegation spots.

"It's not an easy performance to take, and I'm quite embarrassed by what we've done," Trescothick told BBC Somerset. "We've got to try and turn it around. That's all we can do.

"I'm devastated. It's a hard situation to be involved in and I'm not understanding why we're playing like we are. We've got to find a solution. It's been going on for a couple of games and we've not been near what we expect.

"But there's no easy answer. If I knew that we could put our finger on it and go from there."

Following the two-day defeat the squad had an extra training session at Taunton on Friday and their coach, Andy Hurry, echoed Trescothick's sentiments about the performance. "Our professional pride is hurt and we are fully aware that we have underachieved and haven't performed at all with the bat," he told the club website.

"We know its only a matter of time before we put in a performance and dominate a side, but when it does turn around we are going to hit somebody very hard, so we are in the process at the moment of trying to turn things around."

Somerset have been without Nick Compton in recent weeks due to England duty and Craig Kieswetter who broke a thumb against Warwickshire in April. Alviro Petersen, their overseas player, will soon join the South Africa squad for the Champions Trophy as a replacement for Graeme Smith. His countryman Dean Elgar has been signed as cover.

Jos Buttler will be on one-day duty with England from next week and Somerset will hope that will coincide with Kieswetter's return.

Their next Championship match is against Yorkshire, at Taunton, starting on May 28.

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  • John on May 25, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Personally , I'm still more annoyed about not beating Warwicks the other week than I am by our thrashings by Middx , Sussex and Yorks (even though the latter was a draw they still thrashed us). I can let poor performances go but I seriously still find it hard to come to terms with Tres's diabolical captaincy in not making Warwicks follow on when Somerset had them on the rack. I also wonder if it has had a detrimental effect on the team. We lost vs Durham in a game which ebbed and flowed and drew vs Surrey but ever since the Warwicks defeat (I mean draw) our CC form has been diabolical . To me Tres's decision vs Warwicks said to his bowlers that he wasn't totally confident in them repeating the 1st inns effort and to his batsman that he wasn't as confident that they'd chase down 200 max in the 4th inns Forgot about AP playing champions trophy , is there any chance we can get a temp rep;acement?

  • John on May 25, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @AlanHull on (May 24, 2013, 15:25 GMT) I don't think anyone's whinging about being without Nick - just the author stating a fact. Teams like Yorks.Notts and Warwicks are far more affected by Eng call ups etc. All those clubs seem to have more depth though (esp in batting) which is something Somerset need to address somehow. Last season we finished 2nd and could have won it had we not had so many games affected by rain when we were on top but battingwise we were only ever without Tres or Compton at different times and when one was out , the other plus Hildreth,Craig,Jos and Trego would score runs. This year that's not happening

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    AlanHull: Point very much taken on Yorkshire being without their England players as well, but the fact is Somerset aren't a county that's really used to having many players invovled internationally. Trescothick was the last regular test batsman before Compton. As such the powers that be haven't seemed to grasp that we needed to build a deeper squad. They've become so focused on bringing through young 'homegrown' players that they've not built a strong enough squad this year. Also Alan, on Nick Compton, though he may not be that special internationally, he scored the most runs in the Championship last year and single-handedly at times carried our lineup, so on a county level he is very very good.

  • Alan on May 24, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Yorkshire have been without Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan but still managed to thrash the champions by an innings and 150 runs, so stop whining about being without Nick Compton who isn't much good anyway.

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    And it takes a little bit away from a very fine bowling performance by Sussex (especially magoffin)

  • Dan on May 24, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Very harsh on Somerset, they made double figures without losing a wicket in both innings.

    It was getting from there to treble figures that troubled them.

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