Trescothick holds up Lancashire

Marcus Trescothick hit an 83-ball half-century as Somerset were made to battle on the final morning of the Specsavers County Championship match with Lancashire at Taunton.

Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 12:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 2:20 pm
Trescothick - defiant
Trescothick - defiant

The 40-year-old former England opener was not at his beat and required some good fortune, but remained unbeaten on 63 at lunch, which was taken with Somerset 97 for two, needing a further 83 to avoid an innings defeat.

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Kyle Jarvis removed the off stump of nightwatchman Tim Groenewald with the total on 13 and Simon Kerrigan dismissed Tom Abell for ten, taking a return catch off a leading edge to make it 61 for two.

Trescothick was then joined by fellow left-hander Chris Rogers and the pair needed all their experience to combat the spin of Kerrigan, bowling into the rough outside their off stumps.

It was fascinating cricket on a gloriously sunny day and Somerset face a testing afternoon if they are to salvage a draw.