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Match Report

Game abandoned at Taunton

Game abandoned at Taunton

Torrential rain has seen Lancashire's game against Somerset at Taunton abandoned withut a ball bowled on the 4th day

Lancashire take nine points from the game and head back to Old Trafford for Wednesday's LV= County Championship match against Notts, the first first-class match to be played on the re-orientated square. [Updated table]

Play starts at 11am, with gates open at 10am. 

3rd day report:
Lancashire picked up two useful bonus points during the third day of their match against Somerset at Taunton today as rain featured prominently for the second day running.

In a contest that looks to be heading for a draw tomorrow, picking up as many bonus points as possible is crucial.

And Lancashire have so far gained six of them over the first three days, which have seen 137 overs lost due to inclement weather compared to just 73 lost in last season's eight away fixtures combined.

After Simon Kerrigan and Kyle Hogg secured a fifth batting point by getting the five runs they needed when play began on day three at 1.10pm, the Red Rose struck three times with the ball in 36 overs.

Captain Glen Chapple picked up two wickets and Luke Procter one to reduce hosts to 81-3 in the 32nd over.

Unfortunately, only two overs were possible after tea due to the rain returning, and Somerset had reached 87-3 from 38 overs. The players did not return.

Lancashire's batting effort lasted nine balls during the early stages of the afternoon, with Kerrigan flicking Peter Trego to fine-leg for four, Kyle Hogg easing Vernon Philander wide of gully for one and Kerrigan fending Philander into the gully to finish the innings.

Chapple then had Lewis Gregory neatly caught by Paul Horton at first slip as the batsman fended outside off, leaving the score at 17-1 in the eleventh over.

And the hosts were soon two down when Arul Suppiah's off-stump was sent cart-wheeling by Chapple with only another eleven runs added to the total.

Suppiah, who made five, took 24 balls to get off the mark and 41 balls to pass one, but his attempts to see off the new ball were undone when he aimed an expansive drive and missed.

Nick Compton and James Hildreth, Somerset's stand-in skipper, then added 53 for the third wicket.

The pair have already shared stands of 200-plus and 400-plus in first-class cricket this summer, so it will have been great relief to the Red Rose to see the back of Hildreth for 30,  trapped lbw as he played to leg by Procter.

Compton and England one-day wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter will resume tomorrow morning on 30 and four respectively.

Reports: Day 1   I   Day 2

Graham Hardcastle
Photo of Glen Chapple (c) Nigel French/EMPICS
Article (c) Lancashire CCC Ltd


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