On this Day – 3rd August

2000, 2011 and 2020, Trescothick's England Test Debut, The Great Alfonso stars against Sussex and Somerset finally begin their 2020 season against a Glamorgan side containing our very own Marchant of Menace

Those of you who have delved into the menus on the site will have seen the “On This Day” sub-menu which has to date mainly been used to remember games while we waited through lockdown for the Bob Willis Trophy to start last year. That was not the intention of this section when I set up the site! I wanted to be able to look back at both the posts on this site in previous years but also delve back into the archives.

The plan ….. yes there is one …. was to pick this up once we were through the second anniversary of the site being set up. And then Somerset’s Twitter account came up with this tweet which made it even more appropriate to post this today. 

Somerset v Glamorgan, Bob Willis Trophy, Taunton 2021

That was 21 years ago. A year ago Somerset were into their third day of their opening BWT group game against Glamorgan and moving close to a dominating opening win. The original post can be found either through the enhanced search options on the site or simply by clicking here.

What a difference a year makes. Marchant de Lange playing for the opposition, Jamie Overton (having just announced his decision to leave for Surrey) was in the Somerset side and the Somerset fan base was not happy about the timing of the declaration!

Marchant de Lange – still a Glamorgan player in 2020

Somerset v Sussex, County Championship, Taunton 2011

Exactly ten years ago Somerset were playing Sussex at Taunton in a Championship game and well on their way to a 9 wicket three-day win.

Sussex 245 (Thomas 6-60) and 134 (Thomas 4-28), Somerset 286 (Buttler 100) and 94-1 (Trescothick 54*). The tale of the game will be familiar to all Somerset supporters. When Peter Trego was the seventh man out in Somerset’s first innings the home side were 93-7 but a 112 ball hundred by Jos (11 fours 4 sixes). With 43 from The Great Alfonso and 34 by Murali Kartik saw the last three wickets add 193 to lead by 41. 

From there Sussex were a beaten side as Thomas (10 wickets in the match) and Kartik followed up their heroics with the bat with a combined 8-74 off 39 overs.