DURHAM’S hopes of saving the game against Somerset yesterday were always slim at best.
But more injury woe and a superb display from Marcus Trescothick soon assured that slim hope soon became no hope at Taunton – despite interruptions for rain.
Paul Collingwood’s side have endured more then their fair share of injury problems already this term.
Ben Stokes was injured on England duty during the winter, and main strike bowler Graham Onions was injured in the previous LV County Championship game, against Sussex.
Meanwhile, Sunderland-born spinner Scott Borthwick has a broken finger, sustained against Somerset.
And on the final day against Somerset yesterday neither Mark Wood or Jamie Harrison were able to bowl.
Collingwood admitted: “We’re very thin on the ground. I think we have only finished one four-day game the season with all of the same players on the field that we started the game with.
“It is disappointing to lose a couple of bowlers again second innings, especially Scotty Borthwick, who I would have loved to have seen bowl on that wicket.
“But it is what is, and we will dig our heels in and hopefully come out fighting.”
A supreme display from Trescothick (133 off 129 balls in 141 minutes) led the home side to a seven-wicket victory.
And Collingwood was quick to praise his former England team-mate.
“Although I was on the opposition, it’s great to watch an innings like that,” Collingwood added.
“It was one of those innings where I’m sure every player in the dressing room will turn round to their kids or grandkids in 10 to 15 years time and say ‘wow’.
“It was not nice to be on the end of it, but it was one of those innings that was kind of legendary really.”
Trescothick’s hit included four maximums and 20 boundaries as his side cruised to victory on 250-3, while Ryan Pringle claimed two wickets for 94 runs in Durham’s attack.
The hosts, who resumed on 112 without loss, saw Trescothick reach his ton in the morning session before they lost fellow opener Johann Myburgh five runs after reaching his half-century – ending a 165-run first-wicket partnership – when he was run out by Pringle.
That was three runs before the heavens opened, with the rain forcing the players off the pitch for close to four hours.
Following a pitch inspection at 2.45pm, a tea break was called for 3.10 and play finally resumed at 3.45 despite apparent flooding in some sections of the outfield.
The home side lost number three Nick Compton for a duck early after the resumption as Pringle claimed his wicket lbw to leave Somerset on 173-2 and needing another 44 runs for victory.
That brought Alviro Petersen to the crease and a 41-run third-wicket stand with Trescothick meant Somerset had victory in their sights.
Pringle finally claimed Trescothick’s wicket as the Somerset opener was caught at long off by Gordon Muchall to leave his side needing 34 runs, which was no problem for Petersen (34 not out) and James Hildreth (11 no) who saw the hosts across the line.