Marcus Trescothick scored a vintage century, as Somerset continued to dominate their match against Cardiff MCCU at Taunton Vale where by the close of the second day they led by 511 with seven second innings wickets remaining.
Afterwards Marcus said: “I thought that I played nicely today and it was good to be out there and spend a bit of time on a good pitch. I thought that we bowled nicely overnight, getting them four down early on with the new ball and then we carried that on today. I think that everyone is getting enough batting practice ready for our next match at the Kia Oval and we are building nicely towards that.”
At the start of the day Cardiff MCCU resumed their innings on 32 for four and Tom Cullen and Tim Rouse battled to keep their wickets intact. With the score on 36 Rouse ducked into a shorter delivery and was hit on the helmet, which led to a delay, but thankfully he was well enough to continue his innings.
The pair saw the total onto 62 when Rouse was bowled for 29 by Peter Trego. Sean Griffiths was at the crease for 11 overs during which he scored seven, but soon after Lewis Gregory returned to the attack he was caught by Tom Abell with the total on 81. In his next over Gregory struck again when he had Cullen caught by Ryan Davies for 34 and made the students 82 for seven.
Roelof van der Merwe then entered the attack from the south end and struck almost immediately when Daniel Lewis-Williams was caught close to the wicket by Abell with the total on 102. The left arm spinner bowled a nagging length and the pressure he created immediately after lunch was rewarded with a second wicket when he had Andrew Westphal caught by Trescothick for three.
Kamau Leverock hit a few lusty blows but after moving to 26 he was the last man out with the score on 118.
Gregory was the pick of the bowlers ending with three for 19 off 14 overs, with six maidens. Craig Overton returned figures of three for 27 off 13, while van der Merwe claimed two for eight off six overs.
Batting for a second time with a lead of 252, Abell and Trescothick took Somerset onto 42 when the youngster was caught by Lewis- Williams off the bowling of Leverock for seven. Trescothick was in a hurry, taking his runs with ease and went to his half century in the 19th over when he hit Griffiths to the boundary.
By tea Trescothick and Chris Rogers had taken Somerset onto 97 without further loss off 24 overs, the former skipper unbeaten on 78.
Trescothick saw up the Somerset three figures in the second over after the break when he took a single off Rouse. He continued to push towards his century and eventually got there with a single off Neil Brand in the 35th over, his runs coming off 120 balls with 16 fours and two sixes. He then immediately retired.
Rogers was joined by James Hildreth and the captain went to his first half century for Somerset off 87 balls before he retired at the end of the 44th over on 56 with the score on 180 .
Hildreth was seeing the ball well and went to his half century with a sweetly hit cover drive off Rouse in the 54th over. Roelof van der Merwe brought a cheer to those brave souls who were still at the ground for the closing overs when he lofted Rouse high back over his head for a six.
Hildreth and van der Merwe remained together until the close by which time Somerset had moved onto 259 for three off 57 overs, Hildreth unbeaten on a run a ball 66 while Van der Merwe was 23 not out.