Trescothick and Panesar star at Taunton
Marcus Trescothick and Monty Panesar celebrated personal milestones on an absorbing second day of the LV= County Championship Division One match between Somerset and Sussex at Taunton.
Trescothick completed his 50th first-class century, contributing 123 to a Somerset first-innings total of 247, which featured a collapse from 241 for five.
Panesar was the man behind the Sussex fightback with career-best figures of 7-60 from 31.5 overs. By the close, the visitors had replied with 161 for six, Gemaal Hussain and Abdur Rehman claiming two wickets each.
Somerset began the day on 175 for three, with Trescothick on 89. A thumping cover drive off Steve Magoffin and neat leg glance off James Anyon moved him closer to three figures before he scampered a single with the help of a misfield to complete his ton.
The hosts had progressed serenely to 199 for three when Jos Buttler, on 25, carelessly lofted Panesar to long-off, where Magoffin took the catch.
Panesar quickly followed that up by dismissing Alex Barrow, but Peter Trego then helped Trescothick take the score to 241 before the Somerset captain was caught behind trying to withdraw the bat from a Chris Nash off-break.
Trescothick had faced 230 balls and hit 20 fours, and was quickly followed by Trego, bowled leg stump by a Panesar delivery that kept low.
Panesar then continued his good work by dismissing Sajid Mahmood and Steve Kirby, while Nash trapped Rehman in front for four.
Nash gave Sussex a fast start to their reply, racing to 31 with seven fours before being caught at short midwicket off Hussain, after which Trego found the edge of Ed Joyce’s bat and wicketkeeper Buttler accepted the chance.
Rehman had Murray Goodwin, driving, taken at slip by Trescothick and at tea Sussex were 69 for three.
Trego bowled unchanged for 19 overs from the River End either side of the interval and helped Rehman keep a tight rein on the scoring rate.
It was 106 for four when Michael Yardy was pinned lbw by Kirby and 122 for five when Luke Wells lost concentration and chipped a catch to midwicket off Rehman, having battled away for 125 balls to make 28.
Hussain then trapped Luke Wright leg before as Somerset finished the day on top.