Marcus Trescothick: I hope to be inspired at Trent Bridge
By Western Daily Press | Thursday, September 05, 2013, 05:00
Trent Bridge is a ground that holds a lot of happy memories and I am hoping that will help me rediscover my best form when Somerset visit Nottinghamshire in Monday's Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-final.
Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick admits that he is at a loss as to why he has not been able to produce his best form this season PICTURE: MAT MINGO/PINNACLE
This is definitely the toughest season I have had as a batsman since I was a young player. I can't seem to make a really meaningful score no matter how hard I try.
I've had a couple of decent knocks recently, which suggest I am not far away, but I keep finding ways of getting out just when I should be set for a long time in the middle.
There is no common denominator to my dismissals and I have been working as hard as ever at my game. I have probably spent more time in the nets as a result of not being on the pitch making runs.
As Somerset captain, I want to be leading from the front and by example. I hope I am still doing that off the field with the way I apply myself to practice, but it just hasn't been working out for me in games.
I try to stay as positive and level-headed as possible. My left ankle is still giving me a bit of grief, but my feet were still attached to my legs the last time I looked and it's a case of having to get on with it.
Over the years I have tended to do well in one-day cricket at Trent Bridge and I enjoyed some memorable times there with England. We beat Australia and New Zealand in Test matches at Nottingham when I was in the team and those memories will come flooding back when I arrive at the ground on Monday.
While there is no logic to it, professional cricketers always turn up with a better vibe at venues where we have performed well in the past.
The YB40 semi-final is a massive open door for us to mark a difficult season with a trophy and I just hope we are not deprived of the six players forced to miss our important County Championship game with Derbyshire this week.
Peter Trego and Steve Kirby are under treatment for hand and hamstring injuries respectively and we are keeping fingers crossed that at least one of them is fit to play.
We are still waiting to hear whether England will release Jos Buttler and Jamie Overton for the game, while George Dockrell is away on international duty with Ireland.
Adam Dibble also missed the Derbyshire game with injury, so there is no telling at the moment what team we shall be fielding on Monday.
England have ordered Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann to rest, so you would think they would not be available, but we can't be certain and whatever happens we will be facing a side of huge quality.
I am hoping the way we came through our must-win final Group C game against a very good Gloucestershire team will stand us in good stead.
Our arch-rivals have turned us over there a few times in recent years. The challenge of bowling second and defending a score was one we rose to and there were a lot of positives to take from the game.
Most of our best YB40 games this summer have come from batting second. Now we can feel confident whatever the outcome of the toss at Trent Bridge. We will have to bat a lot better than we did in the first innings of the Championship match against Derbyshire when I probably made the wrong decision at the toss.
You can never judge how much the ball is going to swing and it did so a lot in the first couple of hours. Derbyshire's seamers exploited it by bowling in good areas and we were not up to the test.
It's getting to the stage where I don't know what to do when winning tosses at Taunton. The pitch looked dry and likely to take spin, so it seemed prudent to bat first.
I got out to a poor shot, which didn't help, and it's fair to say that, as a team, we didn't bat as we can. To be bowled out for 103 was a shock, particularly as we went into the match on the back of an excellent display against Middlesex at Lord's.
Chawla's hundred and a half-century from Alfonso Thomas meant we scored 150 more than we should have, given the pitch. Then our seamers bowled in the right place to clinch a fine win.
No one underestimates the task ahead if we are to retain Division One status in the Championship and we cannot afford to play as we did at the start of the Derbyshire game.
We take on fellow-strugglers Surrey at Taunton next week so our destiny remains in our own hands.
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