Marcus set to hang up his bat
Marcus Trescothick, who is retiring after 26 years with Somerset CCC.
MARCUS Trescothick, Keynsham’s most famous sporting son, is to retire from cricket at the end of the season.
The 43-year-old featured in 76 Tests for England and was a central figure in the 2005 Ashes victory over Australia.
And the former pupil of Sir Bernard Lovell School in Oldland Common is within touching distance of scoring 20,000 first class runs for Somerset after making his county debut all the way back in 1993.
Cricket is a game of statistics so here are a couple more ... 5,825 Test runs at an average of 43.79 and 4,335 one-day international runs - more than any other England opener.
For Somerset, there is the small matter of more than 800 appearances and 28,000 runs in all formats as well as 52 first-class centuries.
And this exceptional career all began at Keynsham Cricket Club where he followed in the footsteps of father Martyn, a highly respected club player who made two appearances for Somerset 2nds.
One man who remembers very clearly just how good Marcus was from the very start is former Keynsham captain John Courtney who, at the age of 62, has just helped England Over 60s defeat their Australian counterparts.
He said: “Marcus must have been eight or nine when he started coming down the ground with Martyn for Saturday matches, and he would spend hour after hour in the nets, getting us all to bowl at him.”
It was not too long before the prodigiously talented Marcus made a memorable first team debut at the age of only 14.
John added: “I ran him out for nought without facing a ball! He was carrying a bit of extra weight back then and I hadn’t factored that into the situation, but he obviously went on to better things very soon after.”
Young Marcus also worked for John who, back then, ran the Classic Bat Company shop on Keynsham High Street.
He said: “Marcus would come in after school to help out, work on our bats, dispatch goods and sell stuff out of the showroom.
“He scored something like 3,000 runs over the season as a 14-year-old, and I remember that all of us at the shop had a bet amongst ourselves about how many Tests and one-day internationals he would go on to play for England.
“It wasn’t a case of ‘if’ ... we all knew that he was so good that it was just a matter of time.”
A stellar career also went on to include standing in as England captain in two Tests and 10 one-day internationals while John pointed out that Marcus can also be referred to as the ultimate all-rounder as he kept wicket for his country in five one-day clashes – and took wickets as well!
Just about the only honour missing from a superb sporting CV is winning the County Championship with Somerset.
And it would complete a remarkable fairytale if Marcus, who dropped down to the 2nds earlier this summer after losing form, can regain his place in the side and help his beloved county win an historic first-ever title at the end of the season.