Peter Trego drew the curtains on a phenomenal 22-year County career after announcing his retirement on Friday (September 17). Trego, 40, represented Somerset for almost two decades, scoring 18000-plus runs and returning 547 scalps, before performing in his last two seasons at Nottinghamshire. He ended his career with 18,827 runs and 646 wickets across formats with appearances even for Middlesex and Kent.
Sadly, he might be remembered as one of the best players of his era not to represent England. For Somerset fans, he is more of a cult hero.Trego was a cricketer of character. He actually had abandoned cricket to play semi-professional football.But he returned to his original sports two years later.
Trolled on social media after Somerset lost to Glamorgan by a single run,he had said, “I know T20 brings in a lot of money, a lot of revenue, a lot of excitement. But it’s also bringing in a lot of idiots to the game.“
He left Somerset at the end of 2019 after losing his first-team place in both the Championship and the Blast but was given an opportunity to mentor some young allrounders at Nottinghamshire, and made 31 off 21 on his T20 debut for the club to help them win the 2020 Blast final.
“It’s always a strange time that comes to every sportsman,” said Trego. “Coming here for the last couple of years has been amazing. To sign for a club and win a trophy in your first season, even though I only added the icing to that cake, I will always look on that day proudly.
“The young all-rounders within the squad, who probably weren’t ready for first team cricket when I arrived, are now winning games for the club, which is magnificent to see.”
“We’ve only caught the back end of Pete here at Nottinghamshire, but what a career he’s had,” Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores said of Trego, who played a key role in their T20 Blast final win last year. “The levels of performance he has sustained over a really long period of time have been there for all to see and he’s very well respected within the county game because of it.
“He’s filled that role with distinction, whilst also maintaining his work ethic, ambition and performances as a player in his own right.”