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Trescothick steps down as Somerset cricket captain

Somerset County Cricket Club have announced Marcus Trescothick is stepping down as captain for the 2016 season Credit: Somerset County Cricket club

Somerset County Cricket Club have announced Marcus Trescothick is stepping down as captain for the 2016 season.

I have loved being Captain of Somerset. It has been a tremendous privilege and honour to lead this great Club over many years but now is the right time for change.

I will be giving Chris and Jim my unconditional support, as well as focusing on scoring as many runs as I can in the season ahead. I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and Members for their support during my tenure as the Club Captain.

– Marcus Trescothick

Marcus has captained Somerset since 2010 and the decision to step down has been mutually agreed with the Club following discussions over the winter months.

Marcus has been an outstanding Captain having served the Club with passion, loyalty and commitment.

He steps down from the captaincy with the same good grace and eloquence with which he inherited it.

On behalf of everyone at Somerset County Cricket Club we salute his great achievements and look forward to his continued contribution both on and off the field

– Andy Nash, Somerset CCC Chairman

Australian Test batsman Chris Rogers will take over the reins in the County Championship, whilst Jim Allenby, who skippered the Club in the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2015, will lead the team in all white ball cricket this coming season.

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Liverpool 3-0 Exeter City: Joao Teixeira fires in a third to surely kill off the Grecians

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Exeter, looking very tired now, are caught on the break and surely the game is now up. Christian Benteke takes on all-comers before finding Joao Teixeira in the area, who fires beyond Olejnik to make it 3-0. Exeter's brave effort over two games looks to have taken its toll.

Liverpool 2-0 Exeter City: Sheyi Ojo doubles the Reds lead

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Exeter have done well to keep Liverpool out for this long but the resistance is finally broken.

Sheyi Ojo engineers half a yard of space on the edge of the Exeter box and nonchalantly curl a brilliant strike into the top corner.

If Exeter do go out (and it's not over just yet) the one consolation may be that Liverpool have scored two goals tonight that probably would have beaten anyone.

Paul Tisdale's side need a miracle now.

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Second half: Exeter improve slightly before Jordan Ibe smashes the bar for Liverpool

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Exeter make two changes at the start of the second half. Butterfield and Morrison are off and Hoskins and leading scorer Tom Nichols are on.

They look more dangerous straight-away as Nichols forces an error for the other Nicholls to smash a shot wildly wide.

After that it's back to a familiar pattern as Liverpool go close to almost certainly killing the game.

Jordan Ibe fires against the the underside of the bar but despite being almost there the ball stays inches short of completely crossing the line and Exeter are still alive.

Half-time: Liverpool 1-0 Exeter City

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A tough half for Exeter. Liverpool have controlled the play from start to finish and thoroughly deserve to lead.

Joe Allen's tenth minute goal came from a neat move on the left-hand side involving Christian Benteke and Brad Smith, who crossed for Allen to slide home from 6 yards.

Since then Liverpool have been able to carve out chances at will and should really lead by more.

Bobby Olejnik in the Exeter goal has kept his side in it. They have a mountain to climb in the second half but you never know in the FA Cup.

Liverpool in control against Grecians

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It's been all Liverpool in the first half. Chances for Christian Benteke who headed over from a decent position and Cameron Brannagan who tested Bobby Olejnik in the Exeter goal with a rasping shot.

Just a few moments ago Jordan Ibe forced Olejnik into another save then struck just over from a corner. Exeter need to stay in it for the next five minutes and get to half time and a much-needed breather.

Liverpool take the lead through Joe Allen

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After a tough start the Grecians fall behind. A neatly worked move from Liverpool results in Christian Benteke playing in Brad Smith who slides it back to Joe Allen 6 yards out and the Welshman cannot miss.

Exeter need to hold steady now otherwise their night may be over before it has begun.

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