County Championship: Trescothick & Bartlett help Somerset start brightly at Lancashire

Somerset's George Bartlett hit a six and 13 fours on the way to his maiden first-class century
Somerset's George Bartlett hit a six and 13 fours on the way to his maiden first-class century
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford (day one):
Somerset 321-5: Bartlett 110, Trescothick 100; Mennie 2-59
Lancashire: Yet to bat
Lancashire 2 pts, Somerset 3 pts

Marcus Trescothick and George Bartlett both hit centuries as Somerset started well against Lancashire on day one.

After Matt Renshaw's early departure off the bowling of Tom Bailey, a stand of 134 between Bartlett and Trescothick (100) steadied the visitors.

Trescothick broke a bone in his foot shortly before reaching his hundred and then edged Liam Livingstone behind.

Bartlett (110) went on to hit a maiden first-class century from 189 balls as Somerset closed the day on 321-5.

The 20-year-old, whose highest first-class score prior to the game was 39, hit a six and 13 fours in his innings.

Former England opener Trescothick was on 95 when he injured his foot whilst changing direction running between the wickets and, after the day's play ended, Somerset confirmed he had broken the fifth metatarsal on his right foot.

Renshaw came back out as a runner as Trescothick, who had been in some discomfort and was almost using his bat as a crutch, hit the required runs to reach his 65th first-class hundred.

Somerset lost Steven Davies, caught off Jordan Clark from the day's final delivery, to give Lancashire some optimism going into day two, while Tom Abell is set to resume his innings on Saturday unbeaten on 48.

England seamer Jimmy Anderson, sporting a new bleached hairstyle, sent down 19 overs for figures of 0-70 in his first County Championship match of the season.

Somerset coach Jason Kerr:

"George has been playing well and was unlucky not to start the season. He played well last week and it was great to see him get what will hopefully be the first of many hundreds.

"Matt Renshaw and James Hildreth also deserves credit and we've now made five Championship hundreds.

"It's been confirmed that Marcus has got a broken right fifth metatarsal, so he'll be out for the foreseeable future but it's too early to say whether he'll be back later in the season.

"We need to get clarity on the extent of the break. If it's a clean break, it's just a few weeks' recovery and then we'll get him back on his feet."

Somerset centurion George Bartlett:

"I was happy that I managed to kick on. I enjoyed every minute I was batting against Jimmy Anderson. It was a good challenge. It helps when you have people like Marcus down the other end. He helped me through and played as beautifully as ever."

Lancashire assistant head coach Mark Chilton:

"We didn't start well and, from my position, it looks a pretty good batting surface. But we stuck at it pretty well. To get a wicket at the end gives us a bit of a lift and if we have a strong first hour in the morning we will still be in a position to win.

"We found it difficult to dry the runs up. There didn't look to be much of a margin for error.

"We bowled a fraction short early on. But we bowled well with the second new ball. We got our lengths a lot better then.

"It's important, on what is a typical Old Trafford wicket, and restrict the opposition as best you. Although it's not quick it's got more pace than last week."

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