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Last Updated: 18/09/11 5:40pm

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Trescothick: Hoping Somerset can prosper without him during the Champions League Twenty20

Trescothick: Hoping Somerset can prosper without him during the Champions League Twenty20

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Marcus Trescothick is confident his Somerset side can bounce back from their latest final disappointment ahead of the Champions League Twenty20.

Somerset fly out to India on Sunday evening with a five-wicket defeat to Surrey in Saturday's Clydesdale Bank 40 final still fresh in their minds.

It was a fifth consecutive loss in a final for the Cidermen, including being beaten by Leicestershire in the battle to be crowned this year's Friends Life t20 champions.

"We'll take the final defeat on the chin. We're pretty good at bouncing back."
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They will now hope to get rid of their 'bridemaids' tag at this year's Champions League - an event which pits the 13 best T20 domestic teams from around the world against each other.

They open up against Auckland in Hyderabad on Tuesday before then playing the Kolkata Knight Riders 24 hours later, as they aim to qualify for the main group stage, which will commence later in the week.

Confident

Trescothick, however, will not be there to lead the English county due to his stress-related illness, though he's confident his team-mates can prosper without him and England duo Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter.

"We'll take the final defeat on the chin. We're pretty good at bouncing back," said the former England left-hander.

"We've done it enough times in the last couple of years to know how to bounce back from it. That's one thing we are good at.

"They're going away with a slightly weakened team with myself, Craig and Jos not being available for the first couple of games.

"It's pretty intense because they're straight back into cricket. They fly out tonight and then they're straight into it with two games back-to-back.

"But they'll give it their best shot and we'll see how we go."

While Somerset have to pick themselves up quickly, Surrey can now relax and look back on a highly-successful season.

After sealing their promotion back to the LV= County Championship First Division earlier in the week they capped an impressive 40-over campaign, in which they lost just once, with a comfortable success at Lord's.

Long journey

Yet despite enjoying a fine summer, skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown has come in for some criticism about his role in the team. He insists, though, that his only focus is on helping Surrey prosper on the field in the future.

"I don't know, that's not for me to decide," he said. "It's a great club and it's a club that deserves to win trophies and this is just one trophy.

"I think it's the start of a long journey, we've got a side that has got a lot of successful times ahead so I'm not sure whether it (having a successful season) justifies my job or not.

"To be honest I don't read papers so if I have had some criticism then so be it. I just want to lead Surrey into an exciting era ahead of us."

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