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Frustration for Somerset on day four

Rain ruined the prospect of an exciting finish to the Specsavers County Championship match between Somerset and Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground, which ended in a frustrating draw.

Only six overs were possible in the morning session before the umpires announced an early lunch. Surrey, who had begun the day on 152 for five in their second innings, leading by 134, progressed to 187 without losing a wicket.

Play did not resume until 2.15pm because of a wet outfield. Somerset then dismissed Morne Morkel (27), Will Jacks (54) and Dean Elgar (17) to leave their opponents 247 for eight at tea.

However, 34 overs had been lost to the weather and only 33 remained to be bowled. Surrey were 229 runs ahead and the outcome was certain before bad light interrupted the final session at 4.15pm.

After 15 minutes the players took the field again, only to shake hands two overs later with the visitors on 255 for eight, leading by 237.

Somerset took 11 points from the game, having won their opening two Championship matches, while title-holders Surrey claimed 12 points.

The first period of play Jacks progressed from his overnight 31 to a half-century off 84 balls, with nine fours.

Play ceased at 11.25am. On the resumption, Morkel skied Jack Leach to long-on where Craig Overton took the catch.

For a short while it looked as though England left-arm spinner Leach might go through the Surrey tail, but the only real turn was out of the rough.

Jacks’ innings ended when Craig Overton pinned him lbw with the total on 204 the over after Morkel had been dismissed.

Elgar, batting despite suffering from kidney stones, helped take the score to 235 before nicking a Tim Groenewald outswinger through to wicketkeeper Steve Davies.

At 247 for eight, Somerset took the second new ball, but by then any chance they had of forcing a win had gone.

Rikki Clarke and Gareth Batty were soon facing the leg-spin of Azhar Ali and medium pace of Somerset skipper Tom Abell as an excellent game reached a disappointing conclusion.

At the Close of play Somerset Captain, Tom Abell said: “It was a shame the way that the final day unfolded, because we felt that we had got ourselves into a position where we could force a positive result today. Sadly it wasn’t meant to be.

“This was disappointing because we felt that in the previous three days we had played really good cricket. There were some outstanding individual performances and we felt we had a really good chance.

“I think plenty has been made about our bowling unit this season and this game was no different. We beat the bat quite a lot, and found the edge on numerous occasions but just dropped short. The bowling unit created so many opportunities, so full credit to those guys.

“With the bat Lewis’ innings was phenomenal. What a player he is. The most impressive thing for me from yesterday was the character of the guys lower down the order, and the role they played for the team was massive.Full credit to those guys.

“We’ve started the season well in red-ball cricket and we were desperate to turn up and show how good we can be against the Champions. I think we showed that in this game.”

 

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