Marcus Trescothick equalled a 63 year old county record and broke a long-standing hoodoo on the second day of Somerset’s Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Trescothick scored his 49th first class century – and first in Nottingham – in making 117 not out as the visitors reached stumps on 244 for three, trailing Notts by 157 runs. In 17 previous matches on the ground, stretching back to 1997, the 40-year old left-hander had not reached three figures for either his county or country but brought up the milestone in just 122 deliveries, with 19 fours and a six.
Notts had batted on until being bowled out for 401, just after lunch, with Steven Mullaney having departed for 165. Somerset’s first wicket pairing of Trescothick and Johann Myburgh wasted little time in eating into the deficit, putting on 100 in just 21 overs.
The stand had been extended to 123 when Myburgh fell for 54, bowled by the leg spin of Imran Tahir.
Trescothick, who made a pair in last season’s corresponding fixture, brought up his 50 from 60 balls, with 12 fours and then shared in a second wicket stand of 101 with Chris Rogers.
On reaching 20, Rogers also had reason to celebrate as he brought up 25,000 career runs. The Australian looked untroubled throughout his stay, until casually flicking Harry Gurney down the leg side for 48.
Gurney was then gifted a second wicket as James Hildreth, inexplicably, left alone a delivery from the pace man that uprooted a couple of stumps.
By that stage Trescothick, who frequently had to use a towel to wipe his glasses dry in the stifling conditions, had matched Harold Gimblett’s total of centuries for the west country side.
Earlier in the day, Nottinghamshire lost their last six wickets for only 90 runs, including that of Mullaney, who had resumed on 161.
Mullaney clipped his first ball of the day down to the fine leg fence to equal his career best score of 165. Without any further addition he wafted loosely outside his off stump and Ryan Davies dived to his right to accept the offering.
Samit Patel stroked three boundaries in his 15 but then mistimed a pull into the hands of Hildreth at midwicket.
Luke Fletcher, who arrived at the crease as nightwatchman on the first evening, batted on for a further 90 minutes before falling to Jim Allenby for 32.
Next ball, from the other end, Chris Read, 15, was also struck on the pads and sent on his way, giving Jack Leach his third wicket of the innings.
Brett Hutton and Gurney fell in quick succession after lunch, both edging Overton through to the ‘keeper.
At the end of a momentous day during which he scored his 49th first class century for Somerset to draw level with Harold Gimbletts’s all time record for the county, Marcus Trescothick said: “I was delighted to get the last one to be one behind and now with the one I have scored today I am level with Harold Gimblett, which is hard to believe really. People have been taking about it for the last couple of weeks as I have edged closer and closer, so its very nice to be able to carry on with my good form and keep on getting hundreds for Somerset.
There was another reason for Tres to be pleased as he explained: “This is my first 100 at Trent Bridge and I bagged a pair her last year. This ground hasn’t been one of my post prolific for scoring on so it really has been great to get a century here today.”
Talking about the Somerset response Tres said: “We were all a little bit worried before we batted and we still are because they have got Tahir, who is an international leg spinner in their line up which makes it pretty tricky.
“You have to be very wary when you bat against him and even though we have got 240 odd, we are still more than 150 behind so there is still a lot of work to do, and with two more days to go in the game we are only half way through. The game can turn very quickly as we know so we have to be right on the money. We got off to a good start with the new ball and managed to get a bit of a flyer. Myself and Johann did really well there to put ourselves in a good position and the Chris and myself added another 100 to carry it on after that.”
Looking ahead Tres said: “However tomorrow morning it will be tricky with Tahir and whoever bowls at the other end after that.”