Trescothick 'gutted' by near miss

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Phil Mustard & Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter is bowled by Ian Blackwell as Somerset are forced to settle for a draw. They could only look on as Notts took the title

Captain Marcus Trescothick could not hide his disappointment after watching Somerset miss out on winning their first County Championship despite finishing on the same number of points as Nottinghamshire.

Heading into the final day of their clash with Durham, Somerset seemed favourites to end their 135-year wait for the biggest prize in the domestic game.

But, with Somerset only managing a draw, Notts scored 400 runs before claiming the three wickets they required to secure the sixth bonus point needed to move level with Trescothick’s men.

That proved the difference as Chris Read's side were crowned champions by virtue of having won more games, much to Trescothick’s dismay.

“It’s gutting. With it being our first County Championship, we realise how special it will be when we finally get there,” he said.

“For us to get so close – level on points – is so tough but we’ll just have to wait another year now.

“It’s terrible. It’s something that will live with us for a long, long time – to know we were so close, touching distance to the trophy, but so far away when Notts got that third wicket.

“We will get there one day, though. Our first season with me leading, we’ve done well to tie the league.

“We’ve got to go one step further next time and get ahead of the game but we’re very close.”

It continues a harsh campaign for Somerset, who suffered the misery of a final-ball defeat in the Friends Provident t20 final against Hampshire.

Trescothick admits that defeat still hurts him, although he believes this latest disappointment could haunt him even more.

“Any time you lose a big cup or final it’s disappointing,” he added.

“t20 finals day still haunts me even though we’re six weeks away from it but, with this being the elusive trophy for the club, it is going to hurt, no doubt about it.”