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Somerset out to improve on second - Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick
Trescothick hit 2,335 runs last summer in all competitions

Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick believes the disappointment of missing out on silverware last summer could spur his side on to glory in 2011.

After an exciting finale, Trescothick's side came a narrow second to Notts in the Championship, as well as finishing runners-up in the CB40 and FP t20.

But Trescothick told BBC Somerset: "Until you get the silverware, that's what you're judged by.

"Second place is good, but we're not satisfied with that."

Somerset coach Andy Hurry feels that the arrival of former Gloucestershire pacemen Steve Kirby and Gemaal Hussain will strengthen the county's hand in the four-day game in 2011.

The pair took 96 Division Two wickets between them last summer. And Hurry said: "They have recognised the aspiration and motivation at the club.

"We're now a much stronger unit with a much better opportunity to bowl teams out twice in the Championship and we've also bought some personality into the changing room as well."

But 2011 will all be about how Somerset respond to such a frustrating end to the 2010 campaign.

Having lost narrowly in the Twenty20 final in August at The Rose Bowl against Hampshire, who won by having lost fewer wickets, it all went wrong for Somerset in the space of three days in September.

On a fraught, weather-hit final afternoon of the Championship season, Somerset began the day on top of the top of the table.

But, despite finishing level on points with Nottinghamshire, they missed out on their first title as they had won one match less than their main rivals.

Then, two days later, in the 40-over showpiece finale at Lord's, they came off second best to Ian Bell and Warwickshire.

Even though we fell short three times it was a successful season. It has given us that hunger and belief that we can win competitions

Somerset coach Andy Hurry

But Trescothick insists that he and his men have long sinde got over it.

"You move away from the disappointment pretty quickly," reflected Trescothick.

"As professional sportsmen, you have to move on fast and you can't dwell on what's happened, win or lose.

"Next season has to be an improvement on what you've done and the boys are pretty much over it now.

"You can always do better and win more convincingly.

"You've got to keep motivating, keep improving and try and take that next step.

"If we do, and once we break the barrier, we could have a good few seasons."

Somerset coach Hurry agrees with his skipper, adding: "Even though we fell short three times at the last hurdle it was a successful season.

"And it has given us that hunger and, more importantly, the belief that we can win competitions.

"It's fair to say that every club talks about winning competitions at the start of every season.

"But there's a real belief now that we are good enough to win the championship, something this club has never achieved.

"And it's important we use that disappointment to inspire us for 2011."

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see also
Somerset sign fast bowler Hussain
20 Oct 10 |  Somerset
Bears beat Somerset in CB40 final
18 Sep 10 |  Counties
Somerset draw hands Notts title
16 Sep 10 |  Counties
Glos bowler Kirby joins Somerset
14 Sep 10 |  Somerset
Hants win thrilling T20 showdown
14 Aug 10 |  Counties

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