Centurion Trescothick draws Kent fans' wrath
Saturday 07 August 2010
Marcus Trescothick ended an unusually unproductive run of form with his highest first-class score since May 2007 at Canterbury, but his reward for finishing on 188 not out was a reception from the home crowd that was at best mixed.
The Somerset captain's decision to bat through the last day for a draw, rejecting any notion of setting up a run chase despite holding a lead of 146 overnight, did not go down well with Kent supporters, and Trescothick was subjected to slow hand claps at tea when the players shook hands just before five o'clock.
Elsewhere, Warwickshire gave themselves a glimmer of hope in their battle against relegation from Division One by achieving a seven-wicket win over Essex at Southend, only their third victory of the season, although they remain bottom of the table, 13 points adrift of seventh-placed Essex.
Former England opener Trescothick batted for more than seven hours, faced 392 balls and hit two sixes and 20 fours, the last two off wicketkeeper Geraint Jones as Kent extended their bowling roster on the day to 10 names. The one occasional bowler with a smile on his face was the Kent captain, Rob Key, bowling something approximating to offspin, who took the second and third wickets of his first-class career as Peter Trego skied to mid-off and Ben Phillips perished in similar fashion. Key was happy also to take the points for a draw, which lifted Kent into fifth in the table.
Hampshire's Michael Carberry scored his second century of the match before rain washed out any hope of a positive result against Durham at Basingstoke. Carberry hit 162 in the first innings and followed that with 107. When rain intervened Hampshire were 203 for 5 in their second innings, a lead of 304 with 44 overs of the match still remaining. Defending champions Durham remain in the bottom two.
At Southend, leg-spinner Imran Tahir took his wickets tally to 52 for the season as Essex were bowled out for 159 before Warwickshire skipper Ian Westwood's 61 set up his side's rare victory inside three days.
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