Chris and Marcus looking forward to Championship return

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They may well be Somerset’s two most senior players with a combined age of 78 years but Marcus Trescothick and Chris Rogers, who can boast over 100 Test Match appearances and nearly 50,000 First Class runs between them, are just itching to get back into Specsavers County Championship action on Tuesday morning against Hampshire.

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Looking ahead to the match against Hampshire, red ball skipper Rogers, who has led the team to three victories so far this campaign said: “Yes I have had a few days break and now I am looking forward to getting going again.

“The boys have been successful in the 50 over competition so some of that momentum will carry on into the game against Hampshire tomorrow.

“Our last win over Durham saw us go back up there among the leaders and if we can get another in this match we will be right up there again.

“We are playing good fighting cricket at the moment so we need to carry on with that especially with Hampshire winning their last game because they will be on a bit of a roll as well.”

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Marcus Trescothick, who needs 58 runs to pass 1000 Specsavers County Championship runs for the season, one more 100 to become the leading First Class century maker for the county and 3135 runs to become the leading First Class run maker for Somerset said: “I have had a little break and played for the Seconds last week at Taunton Vale against Glamorgan to keep my eye in and the body going.

“This is obviously another important week for us. We have had a good time in the Royal London One-Day Cup and now it’s time for us to get back into Specsavers County Championship action and re-focus on that competition.

“Things shuffle around pretty quickly in the table and you win a game and find yourself up into second place but then you have a week off and you are back down to the middle of the table pretty quickly.

“We have got to be bang on our game against Hampshire and need to keep driving forward and getting the victories that we need to keep ourselves up near the top.”

Tres added: “Hampshire have had a good time of it recently having beaten Notts to get of the bottom of the table so they will be pretty buoyant so we need to be right on our guard against them.”