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Lancashire vs Somerset

Langer ensures stalemate

Somerset and Lancashire play out draw at Old Trafford

Langer: led from the front

LV County Championship - Division One
Old Trafford
Somerset 238 (M E Trescothick 77, I D Blackwell 64) & 262-8 dec (J L Langer 76, I D Blackwell 58, G Chapple 4-49) v Lancashire 221-9 dec (P J Horton 64)
Lancashire (8pts) drew with Somerset (8pts)

Somerset captain Justin Langer hit 76 as his side batted out for a draw on the final day against Lancashire.

Inclement weather wiped out the entire third day's play, leaving any prospect of a positive result dependent on Langer colluding with opposite number Stuart Law to set-up a run chase for Lancashire.

But the visiting skipper had no interest in doing so after Law declared his side's first innings on its overnight position of 221-9, still 17 behind.

Instead, Somerset - led by half-centuries from Langer and Ian Blackwell - batted throughout the day to reach 262-8, at which point a declaration brought an end to proceedings shortly before 5pm.

Andrew Flintoff continued his rehabilitation from ankle surgery by bowling eight wicketless overs, while Glen Chapple finished with 4-49. Both sides take eight points from the draw.

Day Three

Persistent rain meant not a single ball was bowled on the third day between Lancashire and Somerset.

Lancashire trail by 17 runs with one first innings wicket remaining, but with more showers forecast for Saturday there is very little prospect of a positive result.

Day Two

Lancashire's struggles with the bat on day two against Somerset were summed up by Andrew Flintoff's Golden Duck.

The 30-year-old England all-rounder edged a perfectly-pitched length ball from Somerset seamer Peter Trego, who claimed two wickets in two balls, and was caught by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter.

Replying to Somerset's 238 all out, the hosts reached 66 without loss before suffering a collapse. Paul Horton showed some resistance to reach 64 before he was bowled by Trego, who then removed Flintoff with his next ball.

Luke Sutton rallied the innings from a precarious 165-7 with a watchful 40 from 117 balls that included seven fours in an eighth-wicket stand of 53 alongside Simon Marshsall.

But after a late break for rain, Lancashire must have wished they had not returned for just the four overs still possible before stumps.

In that time, Ben Phillips bowled Sutton with a full-length delivery and then put himself on a hat-trick when Sajid Mahmood added another Golden Duck to the scorebook. The fast bowler was undone by another fine delivery which trimmed the top of middle stump, although Marshall survived the hat-trick ball.

Still needing 18 runs on Friday for a first-innings lead, Lancashire will see this as an opportunity missed.

Day One

Somerset were bowled out for 238 after opting to bat first in seamer-friendly conditions against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Marcus Trescothick and Ian Blackwell both registered half-centuries but the Red Rose county's impressive attack took regular wickets to ensure they ended the first day on top.

Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Flintoff (2-40) stepped up his rehabilitation from ankle surgery with 16 overs - bowled at full pace in two long spells, including a two-wicket burst after lunch.

His figures should have been even better but his team-mates shelled two chances offered by Trescothick during the morning session.

The former England opener was dropped three times in total - at second slip by home skipper Stuart Law during James Anderson's new-ball spell, by Brad Hodge in the gully and by Simon Marshall at cover during Flintoff's first spell - on his way to 77.

Blackwell's 64 was the only other score of note and Somerset lost their last six wicket for 67 runs to be bowled out in 73.1 overs. Sajid Mahmood finished with 3-54.

In reply, Lancashire opening pair Paul Horton (29no) and Iain Sutcliffe (26no) reached 60-0 by the close.

Match Details

23rd Apr 2008
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
J W Holder and N G Cowley


Batsman R
Trescothick c Sutton b Mahmood 28
Francis c Sutton b Chapple 9
Langer c Anderson b Chapple 76
Hildreth b Chapple 36
Blackwell lbw b Marshall 58
Trego c Flintoff b Chapple 1
Kieswetter c Sutcliffe b Hodge 42
Phillips not out 0
Turner c Hodge 1
Munday not out 0
Extras 10nb, 1lb 11
Total 78.0 Overs 262 - 8
Full Batting Card

lancashire BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Anderson 11 4 21 0
Chapple 13 2 49 4
Flintoff 8 2 13 0
Mahmood 11 2 42 1
Marshall 26 3 112 1
Hodge 9 2 24 2
Full Bowling Card