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Trescothick leads from the front

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Captain Marcus Trescothick scored his first LV= County Championship century since 2012 as Somerset enjoyed a productive second day against Division One leaders Sussex at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.

The former England opening batsman endured a rare poor season last year as he failed to reach three figures and averaged less than 28 in the championship.

However, the 38-year-old proved he remains a player of the highest quality with a superb 116 against early-season pacesetters Sussex, striking 14 fours before he was bowled by Steve Magoffin.

Trescothick's knock, in conjunction with Alviro Petersen’s 76 and the efforts of Johann Myburgh and Lewis Gregory in a racey last-wicket stand of 75, helped Somerset score 372, despite suffering a mid-innings slump.

Alfonso Thomas then had Sussex captain Ed Joyce caught behind by Craig Kieswetter for six as the home side closed on 25 for one, leaving Somerset in a healthy-looking position at the midway point of the match.

Marcus Trescothick displays his brilliant best against Sussex before Somerset's tail wagged with gusto against leaders Sussex

Things did not look so promising early on, though, as the west country outfit saw Thomas - their second nightwatchman on the rain-affected first day after Jamie Overton was out cheaply - become the third of five victims for England limited-overs paceman Chris Jordan, trapped lbw for four.

That dismissal left Somerset 89 for four and, although two of those wickets to fall were of bowlers, it was not the start they would have been hoping for.

But Thomas' departure brought together Petersen and Trescothick, and the two experienced campaigners put on 139 for the fifth wicket to guide Somerset away from a potentially sticky situation.

During that stand, Trescothick was finally able to celebrate reaching three figures once again - it was the 52nd first-class ton of the left-hander's career - when he drove James Anyon for two to bring up a century off 214 balls.

Soon after reaching that milestone, though, his stand with Petersen was brought to an end when the South African was stumped by Ben Brown after being lured out of his crease by Ashar Zaidi.

That left the visitors on 228 for five, and from a position of strength Somerset then looked as though they might even fail to reach 300 as Trescothick, James Hildreth, Kieswetter and Peter Trego all fell amid a tumble to 297 for nine.

That last wicket proved a tough one for Sussex to get, though, as Myburgh and Gregory scored 37 not out and 47 respectively but Somerset came up short in their search for a fourth batting point.

Jordan finally made the breakthrough and had the latter caught at deep extra-cover, short of what would have been a third first-class half-century. 

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