Trego begins to blossom
Peter Trego might have mellowed since returning to Somerset but do not be surprised if he lights up the Clydesdale Bank 40 final at Lord's.
After leaving his home county to play for Kent, Herefordshire and Middlesex, Trego returned, a tougher cricketer for his experiences beyond the South West and also one who was now prepared to graft.
“Since I’ve come back I’ve worked my fingers to the bone,” he says. “I train hard and I’ve improved my lifestyle.”
Road-biking is now his passion and he sometimes takes himself off for a long ride after a day in the field at Taunton.
However, he’s not become a boring cricketer. He has not stifled his natural flair.
In 2009, he cracked a 54-ball century to enable Somerset to chase down 476 in a LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire at Taunton, an innings which confirmed his notion that he should be regarded as a batting all-rounder.
Trego the batsman can hit the ball vast distances, and is doing his best to tighten his technique along the way.
Trego the bowler has got better since he has got slower. As a youngster, the bouncer was irresistible to him. He would also try the yorker, in-swinger and out-swinger for good measure – preferably in the same over.
He now realises that the bouncer is not his greatest asset. He is a cannier bowler, especially at the death, capable of away-swing and plenty of variety in one-day cricket.
Unashamedly, Trego now craves more international recognition. He has been selected for England’s team for the Hong Kong Sixes and for England Lions, and hopes to join the Performance Squad somewhere this winter.
His record for Somerset over the last four or five years certainly warrants further recognition, especially in the one-day game.
Now 29, he can legitimately refer to himself as a senior player and acknowledges that he’s in a good place to continue to advance his game.
“Justin Langer and Andy Hurry [the first XI coach] toughened us up,” he says. “They insisted we work hard. Now with Marcus Trescothick as captain we still work hard.
"When it rains during a game we’re more likely to be found in the gym than sleeping under the table or joining a poker school in the dressing room.
“But we’re also blossoming as players and are encouraged to be bold. It makes no difference whether you’re young or old – this is a good environment to be in, a creative one.”
Now all Trego and his colleagues crave are tangible rewards for all their efforts. That means trophies – starting at Lord's. Then he can work on that international recognition from the selectors.
The above extract, which appears in the CB40 final programme, was taken from an interview by Vic Marks. You can order a copy online.