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Somerset bat out final day to secure draw

Somerset bat out final day to secure draw

Marcus Trescothick’s unbeaten 60th first-class century contributed heavily to thwarting Lancashire’s bid for a victory over Somerset at Taunton today. 

The former England opener and ex-county captain secured a Specsavers County Championship draw after the hosts, following-on, started day four on 0-0 and 180 runs behind. 

Trescothick saw night-watchman Tim Groenewald fall in the eighth over and Tom Abell in the 22nd as the score slipped 61-2.

But he gained valuable support from Chris Rogers, his replacement as the Somerset skipper ahead of the new season, as the hosts finished on 229-2 from 86 overs.

The left-handed pair shared an unbroken 168 partnership inside 65 overs for the third wicket, batting through the afternoon and shortened evening sessions.

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Trescothick hit 129 from 254 balls and Rogers 75 from 199 as Lancashire had to settle for eleven points to Somerset’s nine.

This has, overall, proved to be an encouraging week for the Red Rose county, who had much the better of a contest played out on a flat pitch offering little assistance for the bowlers.

Liam Livingstone, for example, scored his maiden first-class century in only his second game, and the bowlers were excellent on day three to enforce the follow-on by bowling Somerset out for 313.

They will go in search of their second win from three Division One matches when Hampshire visit Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday.

Kyle Jarvis made the breakthrough this morning when he uprooted Groenewald’s off-stump before Abell was caught and bowled by Simon Kerrigan off a leading edge. 

Trescothick rode his luck at times today.

Third-man was a productive area for the veteran, who edged Jimmy Anderson through the vacant second slip region twice shortly after lunch. 

He had brought up his fifty off 83 balls before lunch and reached three figures off 196 with 12 fours in the final over of the afternoon.

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Trescothick had also scored a century in a draw against Surrey at the Oval last week.

Lancashire’s four frontline bowlers were all tidy as Somerset battled to save the game, while Steven Croft employed himself and Liam Livingstone as extra spin options.

Haseeb Hameed’s second first-class over of off-spin finished the contest.

Rogers reached his second fifty of the match just before tea off 147 balls with six fours just before tea, by which time Trescothick had reached 96 and the pair had shared 109.

Trescothick raised his bat just before the hosts went to tea at 178-2 from 69 overs, a deficit of only two.

Trescothick and Rogers have scored 133 first-class centuries between them, and their combined tally of runs stands at almost 48,500.

A two to long-leg for Trescothick off Kerrigan in the first over after tea brought the scores level at 180-2 before the game drifted to a 4.50pm handshake.

Lancashire take 11 points from the game.

 
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