Trescothick warms to the task

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Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick confirmed his return to form after ankle surgery with an unbeaten 89 on the opening day of the LV= County Championship Division One match against Sussex at Taunton.

The former England opener helped his side to 175 for three off 51 overs, having won the toss, before heavy rain ended play at shortly after 3pm.

Trescothick shared stands of 61 with Chris Jones and 56 with James Hildreth, while Monty Panesar claimed 2-44 from 17 overs.

Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick showed his form by edging towards three figures as Somerset impressed on a rain-affected opening day against Sussex

Heavy rain soon produced puddles on the outfield and umpires Rob Bailey and Nick Cook abandoned any hope of a resumption after a 5:30pm inspection.

Trescothick looked in commanding form from the start as he aimed to rebuild confidence after scoring only 28 runs in three championship innings since his return to action.

He met anything over-pitched with some sumptuous drives through the covers and moved to a half-century off 65 balls, with 11 fours.

Opening partner Arul Suppiah fell for only two, bowled on the drive by Steve Magoffin with the total on 14.

Jones then provided solid support for his captain until the introduction of Panesar in the 19th over brought success with his fourth delivery.

Having been beaten by the previous ball, Jones square-drove a catch to point where substitute fielder Kirk Wernars accepted a simple chance.

Hildreth looked in good form either side of lunch, which was taken with Somerset 124 for two from 31 overs.

However Panesar, upset that a loud appeal against Trescothick, on 60, for a catch at short-leg had gone unanswered before the interval, struck again with the score on 131.

Hildreth went back to cut and only succeeded in edging through to wicketkeeper Ben Brown.

Jos Buttler had moved confidently to 17 when the rain came, by which time Trescothick had faced 147 balls and extended his boundary count to 16.

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