Rain the only winner on day four
Rain brought about the inevitable result today as Somerset and Leicestershire shared a draw in this LV= Insurance County Championship match at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
During what little play was possible, Harry Swindells advanced his career-best First Class score to 171 not out, but heavy rain set in during the lunch interval causing play to be abandoned.
By then Swindells and Ed Barnes had taken their unbroken stand to 203, a record eighth-wicket partnership for the County, with 23-year-old Barnes on 83, also a career-best.
The pair batted through the morning session, interrupted for around 15 minutes by a shower, adding 85 to their team’s overnight first innings total of 390 for seven.
Their combined efforts gave Leicestershire a lead of 14 runs, but the match already seemed destined for a draw long before the heavens opened.
Marchant de Lange and Jack Brooks had one final opportunity to give their side a meaningful first innings advantage when play began with the visitors 71 in arrears.
Unbeaten on 119 overnight, Swindells moved to 150 off 289 balls, playing and missing on occasion, as he had done throughout his innings, but also displaying the ability to punish anything loose to the full.
Barnes matched his partner shot for shot as they took the score to 444 for seven before the brief rain break.
Debutant Kasey Aldridge again bowled without a modicum of fortune, failing to find an edge, despite some impressive deliveries from the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End.
Acting Somerset skipper James Hildreth introduced left-arm spinner Lewis Goldsworthy into the attack in the 134th over, but he was able to find no greater assistance from the pitch than the seamers.
Umpires Neil Mallender and James Middlebrook abandoned any prospect of further play at just after 2.30pm, leaving Group Two leaders Somerset to take 15 points and Leicestershire 14.
After the game was abandoned, Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “It’s been frustrating, there’s no doubt about that. Having said that, there have been some highlights like the opening partnership between Steve Davies and Devon Conway, the runs that were scored at the back end of our innings plus young Kasey Aldridge making his debut. It was really exciting to see Kasey and the potential that he has.
“Obviously, losing Craig Overton on the morning of day three was frustrating but we fully understand the rationale behind that. We understand the needs of England, and it’s a great opportunity for Craig to demonstrate the form that he has shown for Somerset in white-ball cricket thus far.
“Our goal is always to win games of cricket and to be top of the table after nine rounds of the County Championship is a great position to be in. There’s a lot cricket still to be played and it’s going to be really exciting to see that all unfold.
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