Somerset captain and opening batsman Marcus Trescothick has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week atter his destructive batting helped his side book their place in the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident t20.
Trescothick hit the headlines when he hit a 13-ball half-century against Hampshire as his side chased down 217 to win with two overs to spare. The former England opener hit seven fours and seven sixes on his way to 78 in just 27 balls - only Yuvraj Singh, who recorded a 12-ball half-century in 2007, has hit a quicker half-century in Twenty20 cricket.
Two days later, Trescothick hit 78 in 51 balls to help Somerset beat Essex by six wickets and confirm their place in the quarter-finals of a competition they won in 2005 and were runners-up in last year.
He thumped nine fours and three sixes before his side got home with five balls to spare.
Other contenders for the award in a week full of T20 and Championship action included Adam Lyth, who deserves a mention for winning the race to 1000 Championship runs, Adil Rashid, who took nine wickets for Yorkshire against Warwickshire in the Championship, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sean Ervine and Ravi Bopara, whose unbeaten century gaainst Somerset proved to be in vain.
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