Trescothick leads from the front
Marcus Trescothick celebrated his appointment as Somerset’s next captain by taking his tally of first-class runs for the season to 1,817 on the second day of the LV= County Championship match at Taunton.
The country’s leading scorer made 72 in helping his side to 184 for three in reply to the visitors’ 571, with departing skipper Justin Langer contributing 46 in what could prove his last four-day innings for Somerset.
Earlier, Daryl Mitchell had added 66 to his overnight score before being dismissed for 298 as Worcestershire drove home their first day advantage.
David Wheeldon failed to add to his overnight 87, but there was an impressive 61 from 17-year-old debutant wicketkeeper Ben Cox as Worcestershire’s last six wickets fell for 163.
Somerset confirmed Trescothick as Langer’s successor before the start of play. The home side then faced another frustrating session in the field as their opponents progressed from 408 for four to 525 for six at lunch, which was taken with Mitchell on 288 and Cox 57.
Wheeldon’s hopes of a maiden Championship century had ended in the third over of the day when he miscued a pull shot off Alfonso Thomas to David Stiff at mid-wicket.
Former Somerset player Gareth Andrew then fell for a duck, fending Thomas to Zander de Bruyn at third slip, but it proved a brief respite for the bowlers as teenager Cox joined Mitchell in another run spree.
Mitchell’s amazing innings came to an end early in the afternoon when out of the blue his middle stump was knocked back by Peter Trego. It was 539 for seven and the opener had faced 380 balls, hitting a six and 54 fours in an innings he will remember forever.
Cox’s promising knock spanned 116 deliveries and featured nine fours and a six. He was also bowled by Trego in his next over, this time the off stump being dislodged. The Somerset all-rounder achieved an unusual treble when bowling Matt Mason leg stump for four on his way to figures of 3-89.
When the hosts replied they also looked set to cash in on a good batting wicket and the short boundary on the town side of the ground. But Andrew yorked Arul Suppiah for 22 to make it 45 for one and both Langer and Trescothick fell to lapses in concentration.
Langer cut Jack Shantry straight to Wheeldon at point, departing with a swish of the bat in frustration and then raising it to all corners of the ground in response to warm applause for his efforts as captain since 2007.
Trescothick looked on course for his ninth Championship century of the season when giving Moeen Ali the charge and allowing Cox to complete a memorable day with a simple stumping. The former England opener had faced 116 balls and hit 12 fours.