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    Titanic Tresco seals Somerset record

    Marcus Trescothick completed his 50th first-class century for Somerset and Worcestershire routed Derbyshire on Monday in the Championship

    Monday was a day bathed in glorious sunshine across the country, but wins were few and far between. There was still plenty to entertain though, led by a pair of 41-year-old legends...

    Indelible Marcus
    What an incredible 48 hours for Somerset's finest. After breaking the internet with his ridiculous flying grab on Sunday, Marcus Trescothick completed his 50th ton for the club on Monday to become Somerset's leading first-class century maker of all time, passing Harold Gimblett's long-standing mark. How fitting that a man so inextricably linked with the county should now claim one of its most pretigious records. Go on, Tres, you 100% legend.

    Daz is fresh as a daisy
    On what turned out to be an excellent day for 41 year olds, Darren Stevens promptly joined Trescothick in the 100-club to continue his awesome start to the season. It was his 33rd first-class century and now means not only has he scored 396 runs in the Championship this season, but also taken 24 wickets in his four matches. Age ain't nothing but a number.

    Worcs for wear

    Not the Pears, but Derbyshire. The hosts were 140 behind as they began their second dig, with no hint of the carnage to come. In the blink of an eye they were 18/4 as Ed Barnard struck twice early on and when Wayne Madsen called a risky run, Barnard's direct hit saw Luis Reece run out. Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach then took over, taking 5/32 in a brilliant spell. His side have now won five Championship matches in a row and have tasted success in the opening three games of the season for the first time since 1988. Notts, look out.

    Draws help Eagles soar

    Drawing was the order of the day in Division One, with all thee active matches ending in stalemate. There was a frisson of excitement at Lord's when Middlesex were set 242 to win in 39 overs but the Champions never looked interested. Somerset battled hard to gain a draw out of Warwickshire, Marcus Trescothick batting heroically, and the Roses game finished early - inevitable after Saturday's near-wash out. All of which meant Essex were smiling as the only team to win this round and the only team to register two wins in the top flight to date.

    Notts today say Colin and Chris

    We love a good dig in and the early season award has to go to Glamorgan. Trailing rampant Notts by 261 after their first innings, Colin Ingram and Chris Cooke were adamant there would be no repeat. The former took 294 balls to reach three figures - the slowest Championship ton of the season so far. In all he faced 427 deliveries during his 153 overs at the crease, as he and Cooke (who ended on 133 not out) put on 226. Go on, lads.

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