Trescothick admits time is now for Somerset to step up
Marcus Trescothick has acknowledged that his Somerset players have no option but to bounce back from their YB40 semi-final disappointment when they host Surrey over the next four days.
Defeat for Somerset at Taunton in their penultimate LV= County Championship match of the season would leave them staring relegation to Division Two square in the face.
Somerset go into the game one place and 15 points ahead of bottom club Surrey, who have a game in hand, and one point adrift of Derbyshire. The bottom two teams at the end of the season will be relegated.
Somerset produced an embarrassing performance in the semi-final of the YB40 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Monday evening, scoring only 119 runs en route to an eight-wicket drubbing.
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And captain Trescothick, whose team travel back to Nottingham for their final County Championship match on September 24, knows they must beat Surrey this week.
“We realise we’re in a dogfight going into the last couple of games – and it’s a massive game this week,” said the former England man.
“We’ve got to try to galvanise ourselves and get ourselves back up pretty quickly. We’ve had one day [between games] and we have to be ready, because we’ve got a big job to do.”
Somerset faced another of their relegation rivals, Derbyshire, at Taunton last week – and were beaten by two wickets in a pulsating game of cricket.
And if they are to retain their Division One status, they will almost certainly have to put aside their double disappointment from the past week and produce a victory over the course of the next four days.
Somerset have named a 12-man squad for the visit of Surrey, with Steve Kirby and Jack Leach missing out, while Pete Trego and George Dockrell come back into contention.
Somerset @(from): Trescothick (capt), Compton, Jones, Hildreth, Kieswetter (wkt), Trego, Barrow, Meschede, Gregory, Chawla, Thomas, Dockrell.