Trescothick hurting once again
Marcus Trescothick cut a forlorn figure after Somerset crashed to their fifth domestic final defeat in three years with a five-wicket loss to Surrey in the Clydesdale Bank 40 showpiece at Lord’s.
Somerset have now lost in the final of the domestic 40-over competition and the Friends Life t20 in successive years after Surrey chased down a revised target of 186 from 30 overs in a rain-affected match.
After winning the toss, Somerset slumped to 79 for five after their much-vaunted batting line-up failed to fire.
Jos Buttler’s magnificent 86 off just 72 deliveries guided them to a respectable total of 214, but it was not enough in the end and Trescothick was clearly at a loss to explain his side’s troubles.
When asked what went wrong, he replied: “I don’t know. We didn’t get enough runs and didn’t adapt to the pitch.
“We couldn’t get partnerships together and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. We were probably 20-30 short.”
The left-hander was also struggling to fathom his side’s record in finals but revealed today’s defeat was no more damaging than the others.
“They’ve all been fairly average, it’s another kick in the teeth,” he said.
“What more can you say to justify it or tell you what’s wrong? I don’t know if I’m honest. We’ve looked at different things but it’s not working out when we get to this point.
“I apologise for putting everyone through this. We are playing great cricket for 99% of the season and we all love coming to the big finals.
“We’ve got to do our best – and will do – to keep fighting to get the right result.
“I’m out of ideas to try and improve. I’m out of answers.
“We didn’t bat as well as we could do today, whether that’s nerves I don’t know. It’s something we need to address and it needs some honest answers.”
Trescothick had missed his side’s last three LV= County Championship matches, and their title hopes faded in his absence, as well as their semi-final win over Durham in the CB40.
He made his return today less than fully fit and made a streaky 15 before being stumped off Matthew Spriegel, but the opener did not believe that today’s loss had been more damaging because he played through injury.
“We are all disappointed because I have tried hard to get back to fitness. It doesn’t make it any worse or any easier to take.
“We are all mega disappointed, you lose together and you win together. It’s all part of being a team.”
One of the few plus points for Somerset was Buttler’s innings. The 21-year-old, recently called into England’s limited-overs squads, showed great maturity to rescue his side.
Not only did he anchor the innings well, he kept the strike rate ticking at around five an over to ensure Somerset could salvage a defendable total.
Trescothick was happy to salute his team-mate, adding: “It was great to watch. We’ve seen enough great times with Jos to justify him being in the international team.
“England supporters are going to see some great performances and he can play some great innings. It was really quite reserved for Jos, we’ve all seen when he bangs it out the ground, but it was very mature and perfect for the situation.”