Pete Trego and Ryan Davies wrote their names into the Somerset record books on Thursday when they added 236 for the eighth wicket together against Lancashire, beating the previous best of 217 set the previous week by Craig Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.
Both scored their career best innings with Davies hitting 86, while Trego ended unbeaten on 154, beating his previous best for Somerset which was 140 against West Indies A back in 2002.
Trego has already beaten his first-class season’s best and with potentially six innings remaining he has got a very good chance of passing 1000 runs in a season for the first time. “1000 runs in a season is a benchmark that all batsmen want to achieve,” he said. “It’s still a few runs away though so I’m not going to rest on my laurels. I want to go above and beyond that figure like Tres and Hildy do, that’s my goal.”
“I’ve had a few conversations with Chris Rogers about the way his Test career went after starting late. In the last few years my batting has improved and I just have to continue working hard, and keep up my physical standards with all of the youngsters around. If I can keep on making important runs for the Club the that’s great. Over the last few years I have started to realize that it’s about remaining patient when I am out in the middle, which hasn’t always been the case! For me it’s all about doing a job in the middle order for Somerset.”
Looking ahead Tregs said: “I think that I have still got a few good years left in me so hopefully the Club’s feelings align with mine. I know it’s easy to say it after a career best, but there are parts of my game that are still on the up over the next few years of my career.”
Regarding the record he said: “We had a little joke out in the middle and said that the guys who broke it last week won’t even get their names in the record books. It’s quite strange that a record that has been around for 20 odd years has been broken twice in a matter of a few days, but it just proves the quality of the batting we have got in the team later on in the order.”
“Last week it was Craig and Roelof who put their hands up and now its me a ‘Davo’ and that’s a great sign. We can scrap and put together partnerships all the way down through. Lower order runs are very important when you are trying to put together a strong championship campaign.”
Regarding his younger team-mate Tregs said: “Ryan has shown a lot of character and obviously had a tough year run wise, but in the last few weeks he has shown the ability that he has got which is great. It’s very important in sport to be able to show yourself that you can do it and now he has seen what he can achieve, hopefully it will push him on to bigger and batter things in the future.”
Davies, who is still only 19 said: “I am very happy as I haven’t got as many runs as I would have liked this year, but it felt really good. It’s always nice to be able to contribute towards the team and put them into a good position. I don’t think it has sunk in quite yet that I am capable of batting like that, but I showed as I also did on Monday that when I get the opportunity I can be a dangerous player and I can change the course of a game.”
How was it batting with Tregs? “He was great to be out in the middle with,” said Ryan. “He helped me out quite a lot while I was out there, especially as they had just taken three wickets in an over and it was all a little bit hectic. Then the following morning when we had put on 100 together we joked about beating the record and then we actually did it!”
What has suddenly clicked with his batting? “I think it’s a lot about confidence and believing in myself that I am good enough at this level to show what I can do,” he said. “My two innings previous to this, against Durham and on Monday at Edgbaston were in nothing to lose situations and in both I helped change the momentum of the game. I have found that form now and I am determined that I am not going to lose it.”