Marcus Trescothick insists that revenge will be the last thing on his mind when Somerset face Hampshire in the second semi-final of Friends Life t20 Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday August 27.
The game is a repeat of last year’s final, won by the Royals in amazing circumstances when Dan Christian left his crease, despite having a runner, to scramble a leg bye off the final delivery.
Somerset’s failure to spot the error and run Christian out cost them the trophy and, as captain, Trescothick suffered more than anyone over the extraordinary oversight.
But now he insists: “I can honestly say I won’t be using revenge as a means of motivation for the semi-final. I went through the mill after last year’s final, but I feel that dwelling on it is a pretty negative way to go forward.
“I can’t speak for my team-mates and if they see it as a means of gaining extra inspiration for the clash with Hampshire then fine. But I shall be treating the game like any other and looking to be coldly professional in my approach.
“That means examining the strengths and weakness of their current team and going into the match with a cool head, ready to take the on-the-spot decisions needed of an opening batsman and a skipper.”
Hampshire had home advantage last year when the semi-finals and final were played at the Rose Bowl. But, while some question whether they can repeat their success on less familiar territory, Trescothick believes they are more than capable of winning the competition again.
“Edgbaston pitches tend to offer a bit of spin and leg-break bowlers like Shahid Afridi and Imran Tahir can usually turn the ball on any surface,” he said.
“Hampshire have to command huge respect. I think they are stronger than last year and I honestly believe any of the four semi-finalists are good enough to go on to lift the trophy.”