Trescothick Awarded Somerset Benefit For 2008

Somerset batsman Marcus Trescothick has been awarded a benefit year for 2008, after nearly fifteen years of loyal service which has seen him develop into an international-class opening batsman. Trescothick has scored over 7,000 first-class runs for the South-West club and scored 1,343 of those in the Division 2 County Championship-winning season of 2007. Richard Gould, chief executive of Somerset, told, "We are delighted to offer Marcus a benefit as recognition for all the enjoyment he has given our members over the course of his career to date. "They have seen him blossom from a talented young batsman into a top international opener and, but for his England commitments, I am sure he would have already had a testimonial season by now." "It has been great to clinch promotion this season and now I look forward spending my benefit season having a tilt at winning the Championship intself," he told "I am thrilled and honoured to be given a benefit. Somerset Cricket Club has been home from home for me since schooldays and I couldn't imagine playing for another county. "I would love to finish my playing days at Taunton and maybe help the younger lads with some coaching when I am no longer in the team. "I made my debut for the club as a 17-year-old in the 1993 Championship match against Lancashire when Andy Caddick took 9-32. Mushtaq Ahmed also made his Somerset debut in that game so it was pretty memorable. "In my boyhood I had particularly admired Ian Botham. There are too many coaches who have helped me to single any out, but obviously I owe my development into an England player to Somerset. "As long as the club want to employ me I will remain at Taunton. My home is in the town and I am very settled here."