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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Hants vs Somerset

Somerset top after draw

Carberry and Lumb secure stalemate for Hampshire

Blackwell: return to form

LV County Championship - Division One
The Rose Bowl
Hampshire 316 (M J Lumb 107, S M Ervine 69) & 196-1 dec (M A Carberry 88 no, M J Lumb 83 no) v Somerset 436 (I D Blackwell 129, M E Trescothick 65, P D Trego 58, J C Hildreth 50)
Hampshire (10pts) drew with Somerset (12pts)

Somerset moved top of the Division One table after taking 12 points from their drawn fixture against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

The Cidermen extended their first innings from 385-7 to 436 all out on the fourth morning, Ian Blackwell was eighth out for 129.

That represented a first-innings lead of 120 but, with the rain having taken lots of time out of the game on the opening two days, there was little prospect of a positive result.

James Adams (10) was bowled by Peter Trego (1-29) early in Hampshire's second innings before an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 170 between Michael Carberry and Michael Lumb saw them to safety.

Carberry was unbeaten on 88 and Lumb - who scored 107 in the first innings - on 83 when Hampshire skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas declared on 196-1 to bring an early end to proceedings.

Somerset are now nine points clear of Nottinghamshire at the head of the Division One table, while Hampshire's 10-point haul moves them out of the bottom two.

Day three

Somerset are now nine points clear of Nottinghamshire at the head of the table, while Hampshire's 10-point haul moves them out of the bottom two.

Ian Blackwell's second championship century of the season helped Somerset towards a substantial first innings lead over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

Blackwell made an unbeaten 104 featuring nine fours and a six - his 20th career century - as Somerset closed on 385-7 for a lead of 69.

Somerset went eagerly in search of quick runs after a large portion of the

first two days had been lost to rain.

They resumed on 41-0 in their first innings in reply to Hampshire's 316 and wasted no time in attempting to pick up the bonus points they needed to go top temporarily of the Championship table.

James Tomlinson removed Arul Suppiah and Zander De Bruyn early on, but Somerset took control with Marcus Trescothick (65), Peter Trego (58) and James Hildreth (50) all scoring runs.

Trego joined Blackwell in a stand worth 88 for the seventh wicket to take the game away from Hampshire, with both men reaching their half centuries in the process.

Day two

Michael Lumb's first hundred for Hampshire was the centerpiece of a first-innings effort of 316 all out against Somerset.

Resuming at 113-4 on the second morning, Lumb turned his overnight position of 49 into three figures as the relegation-threatened county battled hard for runs against a disciplined Somerset bowling attack.

Lumb, who is in his second season at the Rose Bowl since joining from Yorkshire, was caught behind off Andrew Caddick (2-82) for 107 to leave Hampshire on 222-6.

But solid contributions down the order from Sean Ervine (69) and Dimitri Mascarenhas (41) took the hosts above 300.

Title-chasing Somerset reached 41-0 in reply by the close of day two with Marcus Trescothick unbeaten on 19 and Arul Suppiah 22 not out.

Day one

Hampshire crawled to 113-4 in the 50.1 overs possible on the rain-hit first day of their LV County Championship fixture against Somerset at the Rose Bowl.

Somerset were without captain Justin Langer - who was ruled out by a back injury - and were led instead by veteran former England seamer Andrew Caddick.

The visitors drafted in batsman Arul Suppiah in place of Langer, while Hampshire gave opportunities to James Adams - making his first Championship appearance since May - and England Under 19 all-rounder Liam Dawson.

Michael Lumb's unbeaten innings of 49 ensured Hampshire made steady progress after opting to bat first.

Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego (2-18) removed opening pair Michael Carberry (18) and Adams (18) to reduce the hosts to 60-2.

Number three Lumb, who has faced 94 balls and struck hit eight fours thus far, stood firm but lost both Chris Benham and Nic Pothas with the score on 93.

Left-arm seamer Charl Willoughby (2-47) bowled Benham (15) and followed-up by having Pothas caught by Alfonso Thomas in the covers for a five-ball duck.

Lumb and Dawson (5no) stood firm until the close with an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 20.

Both counties are battling for points at opposite ends of the Division One table - Somerset currently sit third, three points behind leaders Nottinghamshire, while Hampshire are second bottom and in danger of being relegated.

Match Details

Date
19th Aug 2008
Toss
Venue
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires
R K Illingworth and J W Lloyds

hants BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Carberry not out 88
Adams b Trego 10
Lumb not out 83
Extras 6nb, 2b, 7lb 15
Total 63.0 Overs 196 - 1
Full Batting Card

somerset BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Willoughby 7 4 10 0
Caddick 9 5 15 0
Trego 7 2 29 1
Blackwell 5 1 17 0
Thomas 4 0 13 0
Durston 16 2 44 0
Suppiah 15 1 59 0
Full Bowling Card