MARCUS TRESCOTHICK MBE
Marcus Trescothick MBE was born in Keynsham on Christmas Day 1975. His parents took him to their local cricket club for a look around when he was barely a week old, and ever since then, in one way or another, he has been involved with the game which became his career and in which he has excelled.
Playing at the Keynsham club from an early age, the natural ability Marcus possessed soon became apparent and he represented the county youth sides before being given a contract with Somerset in 1993. Marcus has remained loyal to the county ever since, and remarkably 2018 will be his 26th consecutive year playing for the club.
Marcus first played for England in 2000, making both his ODI and Test match debuts that year. He went on to play over 200 times for his country, representing them with distinction in 76 Tests, 123 ODI’s and 3 T20i’s. For England he scored a combined total of over 10,000 runs, including 26 centuries and 52 half centuries, with a top score of 219 v South Africa in 2003. Marcus was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 2005 and in that never to be forgotten summer he was also a key member of the team who won back the Ashes for England for the first time in almost 20 years.
Sadly Marcus’s glittering England career was ended by the mental illness and depression which he had been suffering with for some time, particularly on long trips away from home, and he announced his retirement from International cricket in 2008. However he bravely decided to share his experiences of the illness by writing a book about his problems. “Coming Back to Me” was published in October 2008 and subsequently won the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. Since then, in addition to pursuing his cricket career, Marcus has worked tirelessly with various charities to help people from all walks of life try and overcome their own similar problems.
England’s loss has been Somerset’s gain however, and Marcus has become a fixture at the top of their batting order and a prolific run scorer for his beloved county. He has won the PCA national player of the year award three times in 2000, 2010 and 2012, and has regularly been amongst the list of top run scorers in the country.
In 2017, he scored his 51st and 52nd first class centuries for the county, overtaking the record set by the late Harold Gimblett to become the leading century maker in Somerset’s history. He also now holds the record for the most catches taken by an outfielder for the county side. Marcus also has the great honour of having had a stand at the County Ground named after him.
As well as continuing to focus on training, keeping fit and prolonging his own career, Marcus also works tirelessly alongside the youngsters both at the county club and also at nearby Taunton School, passing on the benefit of his vast experience to many up and coming young cricketers.
In view of his long and exceptional service to Somerset, Marcus has been awarded a Testimonial by the club for 2018.