London: England batsman Marcus Trescothick could return to competitive action for the first time in six weeks when reigning champions Somerset face Yorkshire in Saturday's Trophy final at Lord's.
Left-hander Trescothick shattered a bone in his left hand attempting to field a cover drive from Graeme Hick in the July 17 quarter-final against Worcestershire at Taunton and has not played since. At first it was feared he would be out for the remainder of the season but now Somerset will give Trescothick a fitness test on Saturday morning in a bid to have him in its side for the One-day showpiece. "This game is the highlight of the domestic season, we've done well to get there and I am desperate to be involved," said Trescothick whose England team mate Andrew Caddick looks set to lead the Somerset attack in the match. "Physically I've been in the nets and hitting the ball well so I feel I can do myself justice in the final. The only time I have a problem is if I hit the ball in the wrong place or mistime it but the jarring is not that bad." Trescothick is a destructive One-day batsman and Somerset clearly believes he is worth waiting for ahead of such an important fixture. "We'd have no qualms about playing him," said Somerset coach Kevin Shine. "Marcus is a quality player and I've been taking care of his net sessions over the last week and I see a guy who really doesn't look like he's been out for six weeks. "It's going to be different on the day, he's going to be pumped up and the Yorkshire bowlers are going to be pumped up at him, but I think it's a risk you cannot afford to take to leave Marcus Trescothick out of your side. "Even if he has been out for six weeks, he's a world class performer and he is also the type of player that responds to the big stage." Yorkshire, last season's county champions, is battling to avoid relegation from the first division against a backdrop of financial collapse, which has seen the county's finances plunge into the red. Victory on Saturday would help ease some of its pain and in Australia's Matthew Elliott, overseas stand-in for compatriot Darren Lehmann, it has its own left-handed batting star.
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