County news November 29, 2010

Trescothick offered £1m six-hitting incentive

ESPNcricinfo staff

Marcus Trescothick has been offered a £1 million incentive to go for his shots next summer. Trescothick, who is set to sign a sponsorship deal with Mongoose Bats to use their new long handle model next season, will win the prize from the bat makers if he clears the three-tier pavilion at Lord's in any 20- or 40-over match for Somerset.

"Technology is moving on all the time, cricketers are working harder in the gym and twenty20 cricket has enhanced their power," said Trescothick, who hit 84 sixes for England and whose domestic Twenty20 tally stands at 59. "I like Mongoose's innovative approach and attempting to hit the ball over the pavilion will be a challenge, but I have no idea whether I can achieve that until I try out their bats in the middle. I saw Pollard's massive shot at Lord's last summer. It is only a matter of time until someone else does clear the pavilion."

West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard, who was Somerset's overseas signing in the Friends Provident t20 competition in 2010, came close to clearing the 50-foot high pavilion with a ferocious strike off Shaun Udal in a match against Middlesex in June. The only player known to have cleared the building was Australian Albert Trott. Playing for Middlesex against Australia in July 1899, Trott aimed a violent drive at a Monty Noble seamer to send the ball arcing over the pavilion roof and, some reports say, into the Grove End Road garden of Philip Need, the dressing-room attendant, behind the building.

"It will be a steep premium for us but £1m is a definite incentive for Marcus," said Marcus Codrington of Mongoose. "Obviously we have developed a very radical product but we are not revolutionaries trying to break the walls down."

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  • Phil on December 1, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    A Tailender who closes their eyes and swings like a Finn if they actually manage to hit on. Would have been a Neil Foster, Paul Jarvis or Stuart MacGill shot

  • Anver on November 30, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Releasing Soon in UK !!!!! "BOOM BOOM MARCUS" starring Marcus Trescothick & supported by Mr.Mongoose...................

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Nice marketing idea for Mongoose but I can't see anyone around (except the Incredible Hulk) who could get enough leverage on the ball to clear the Lords pavilion!

  • Steve on November 29, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    I don't Banger will manage it, great player though he is. I think the most likely English player to do it will be Ian Blackwell or Ben Stokes.

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