Somerset 402 for 9 dec. (Petersen 94, Trego 86, Trescothick 72, Carter 3-90) drew with Nottinghamshire 440 (Patel 132, Read 96, Thomas 5-127 Gregory 4-80) and 322 for 4 dec. (Jaques 150*, Patel 75)
Points – Somerset 12, Nottinghamshire 12
Somerset’s home LV=CC game with Nottinghamshire fizzled out into a highly predictable draw on a final day where both teams were running on and off the field with regularity to dodge the rain clouds that gathered over Taunton after some pleasant weather on the first three days.
Somerset started day 3 on 237/4 with Alviro Petersen 62* and Craig Kieswetter 32* with hopes of posting a total to put Notts under pressure. But Kiessy went in the 8th over of the day for 39 and Alviro departed after adding 32 runs to his personal score to be out agonisingly close to a well-deserved hundred. Johan came and went for 12 before Peter Trego lit up the day with a charismatic and belligerent 86 in 71 balls including 11 fours and 2 sixes. After a disappointing 2013 in the LV=CC it is a welcome sight to see Tregs batting well in the longer format and it appears that the team plan is that he will go in late and hit the ball. If that is the case it is working well and long may it continue.
Tregs took the team total past 400 and when he was out with the scoreboard at 402 for 9 and Notts 38 runs ahead Tres called the troops in planning an assault on the Notts bowlers.
There was early success for Somerset when the 1st innings five-wicket hero Alfonso had Mullaney trapped LBW for 5 and Notts 55 ahead on 17. Lumb stayed around long enough to help himself to 28 runs and was out late in the day caught behind by Kiessy off Mybs. One run later the teams departed for the day with Jaques proving the bedrock of the away teams’ innings remaining not out on 55.
Starting day 4 on 97 for 2 the Notts charge was halted by the rain and Alfonso who had early success. He removed Taylor in the second over of the day in the same fashion and for the same score that he dismissed Mullaney the day before. 103 for 3 and some Somerset fans were wondering if the rain breaks could unsettle the Notts batsmen and the damp conditions could give something for the bowlers to gain a few quick wickets to change the outlook of the game.
But the Notts batsmen had other ideas. Jaques would hold his bat until the end helping himself to a magnificent 150 not out as he and 1st innings hero Samit Patel added 113 runs in roughly 23 overs and looked to be scoring quickly to effectively take the game away from Somerset. That said, a declaration at this stage may have been interesting but clearly the Trent Bridge outfit had other ideas. Rikki Wessels entered the fray and was 40 not out at the end and Notts eventually declared in the early evening after Jaques passed the 150 mark 360 runs ahead and the umpires led the players off to allow the dwindling numbers in the crowd to go home and get warm.
Jaques innings lasted 281 balls and he hit 17 fours. Thommo once again had the best bowling figures for Somerset taking 2 for 26 off his 12 overs. After the initial spell he was spared by his captain who was almost certainly looking to keep his most experienced bowler fresh for another day. Johan Myburgh took 2 for 89.
There were some good performances from Somerset. Skipper Tres’s 72 was vintage Marcus and Alviro deserved a ton. Trego is finding his four-day feet again with bat in hand and Kiessy is showing some middle order consistency. With the ball Alfi and Lewis bowled well in tandem taking nine of the 1st innings wickets between them but Gregs did look a little jaded in the Nott second innings.
The worries: Hildy is woefully out of form and needs runs desperately to kick-start his season or his place may under review and Jones needs another knock to justify his place too as his 75 against Yorkshire in game 2 is his only considerable score so far.
Somerset are not in county action this Sunday 11th May so can take stock. The next LV=CC action is Durham at Taunton starting Monday 19th and before that there is T20 Blast action against our two least favourite counties – Gloucestershire at Bristol and a home game versus Surrey and a certain Gareth Batty.