Trescothick targets title
Marcus Trescothick admits Somerset are "back in the hunt" in the battle to win this year's LV= County Championship.
Last Updated: 01/08/11 12:32pm
Marcus Trescothick is determined to lead Somerset to their first-ever County Championship title to make up for the agony of missing out last year.
Somerset looked to be slipping out of the hunt for this year's crown before they recorded back-to-back wins over Durham and Worcestershire.
Trescothick, whose side are still 23 points behind leaders Durham, is leading from the front and his double century at New Road last week means he became the first player to score 1,500 first class runs this season.
"To lead Somerset to their first championship title would be fantastic honour. We are all striving to get to that point," the left-hander said.
"To achieve that, you have to work hard, you have to put the results in and performances have to take care of themselves.
"But we are back in the hunt. Before these previous two games, we said we needed to get on a bit of a role and needed to pick three or four wins in a row to progress and shoot back up the table.
"Durham, Lancashire and Warwickshire were all pulling away from everyone but back-to-back wins brings you back in contention."
Trescothick is keen to avoid seeing his Somerset side suffer yet more heartbreak, having missed out on all three trophies last summer.
They were beaten by Hampshire and Warwickshire in the finals of the Friends Provident t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40 respectively, while Nottinghamshire pipped them to the four-day crown on the very last day of the season.
The former England opener added: "You want to win trophies and lift silverware. The club was very close last season but if we keep giving ourselves opportunities, at some point we will come though.
"You learn from last season. We've got to go that one step further this season.
"We didn't start the season very well and I think everyone was looking at it as if there was a hangover from last season. The pressure was building.
"We didn't have our best team out and Alfonso Thomas and Murali Kartik were away at the IPL.
"But we set our stall out early season to try and compete in every competition. You want to sustain it throughout the whole year and we are playing good cricket."
Next up is a clash with Sussex, one of four home matches still remaining for Somerset, giving in-form Trescothick the chance to continue his fine campaign with the bat.
On his own form, he added: "I'm probably playing as consistently as I have done.
"I'm just doing the right things, trying to stay mentally in the right place, keeping it as simple as you can and trying to get as many runs as possible every time I go out.
"It's about not over-complicating things and not thinking deeply about what I'm doing, just keeping the brain in a good place and it seems to be working."