Trescothick returns with century
Somerset 366 for 8 (Trescothick 124, Trego 77, Willey 3-74) v Northamptonshire
Marcus Trescothick responded to be dropped from the Somerset T20 side to score his fourth century in eight first-class innings as Somerset marginally had the better of day one with Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Trescothick, who was left out of Friday night's narrow victory over Gloucestershire in the NatWest Blast, returned to score his fourth century of the season. He reached the milestone in the final over before the tea interval as he battled through the morning session before flourishing after the break in making 124 out of a total of 366 for 8.
He was given excellent support by Peter Trego who, after being given not out from his very first delivery as Andrew Hall claimed a low catch at first slip off David Willey, contributed 77 to a fifth-wicket partnership of 174.
But there was one black mark on the day for the visitors after Craig Kieswetter was forced to retire hurt with a laceration under his right eye and a suspected broken nose after being hit by a Willey bouncer.
That particular event was part of an incident-packed hour after the lunch break which saw James Hildreth trapped lbw by Willey, Kieswetter felled and Trego reprieved before it all settled down and those doing the batting began to dominate.
On a warm day that encouraged swing throughout and on a pitch that bounced enough to keep the bowlers interested, the first session was edged by the home side who made good inroads into the top order. Chris Jones was the first to go when he loosely drove at Muhammad Azharullah and lost his off stump and there was a similar outcome when Willey cleaned up Nick Compton with a delivery that left him.
Colin Ingram, on his four-day debut for the club, then pulled Olly Stone to Matt Spriegel at square-leg and when the interval arrived the score was 93 for 3.
That had been advanced to 249 for 4 when tea arrived as once everything had calmed down, Trescothick and Trego, who made it to 50 shortly before his partner got to three figures, motored along at five an over.
The home side, who plugged away commendably all day, missed a gilt-edged chance to break the partnership when Kyle Coetzer put down Trego at second slip off Stone but they finally broke through just before when Trescothick, having struck 20 fours, edged Hall to slip.
The second new ball was taken immediately and it accounted for Trego, hit in front by Stone, in the very next over. Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory did not hang around for too long but George Dockrell and Alfonso Thomas saw out the final half an hour without any further setbacks.
"It did quite a bit more than we were expecting," Somerset captain Trescothick said. "The new ball was tricky with wickets in the morning and tonight. "I was delighted because it was really tricky this morning and I didn't feel like I was seeing it very well and then I had to work hard."
As for Kieswetter, Trescothick says that the full extent of the damage is yet to be realised: "He's still being assessed. He'll see people, we're going to pop in and see him in a bit and we'll get to know a bit more after that. It wasn't particularly nice and it was a nasty situation when we were out there."