Marcus Trecothick remedied a barren spell of century scoring during day two of the County Championship Division One clash between Somerset and Sussex at Hove.
The former England batsman’s knock of 116 was the first time that he had reached three figures in competitive action since September 2012. After going the whole of the 2013 season without hitting a ton, the 38-year-old has only taken a few games of the current campaign to raise his bat to the crowd.
Whilst it was a good personal accolade, the opener also helped his side just edge the four-day game at the halfway stage. His century – coupled with a fifth wicket stand of 139 with Alviro Petersen – helped the visitors amass 372 in the first innings of the match.
Petersen was eventually sent back to the pavilion for 76 when Ben Brown stumped him off the bowling of Ashar Zaidi. The visiting team batted all the way down their order, with a 75-run partnership for the 10th wicket helping secure some additional batting points.
Tailenders, Johan Myburgh (37*) and Lewis Gregory (47), frustrated the Sussex bowlers by piling on the runs in the closing stages of the opening innings.
When Sussex came out to bat in the evening, they lost the in-form Ed Joyce for a measly 6, closing on 25-1 with two days still to play.
Nearly eight years have passed since Trescothick represented England, and Test hopeful, Chris Jordan, continued his good form with the ball for the south-eastern county.
Jordan – who represented England in their limited-overs tour of the West Indies over the winter – took figures of 5-76 but he was denied the privilege of ousting the left-handed veteran.
It was Steve Magoffin who eventually dismissed Trescothick, bowling him not too long after he had completed his century. The Somerset skipper showed that he still oozes quality with his 52nd first class hundred.
Last year was the first season that the experienced international cricketer failed to reach three figures in any format of the game. A 74 against Yorkshire in the County Championship was his highest score of the 2013 summer.
Nevertheless, Trescothick bounced back at Hove, leading his side to a strong start against the league leaders. Sussex currently sit top of Division One and are the only county still maintaining a 100% record after two matches.
Somerset are also unbeaten at this early stage, but drew their opening couple of games. Only three bonus batting points have been secured in addition, which left them seventh in the table prior to the trip to Hove.
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