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Match Drawn

Lancashire vs Somerset

Stalemate at Old Trafford

Horton sees hosts to safety after Keedy cleans up Somerset tail

Horton: Two half-centuries against Somerset attack

LV County Championship - Division One
Old Trafford - Day Four
Lancashire 286 (P J Horton 69, G Chapple 55, D A Stiff 4-72) & 191-6 (P J Horton 68) v Somerset 343 (M E Trescothick 95, J C Hildreth 60, G Keedy 4-86)
Lancashire (9pts) drew with Somerset (10pts)

Paul Horton's second half-century of the match helped Lancashire bat out for a draw on the final day against Somerset at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old opener followed up his knock of 69 on day one with 68 second time around, putting on a second-wicket stand of 106 with Mal Loye (39).

The pair had come together following the early dismissal of Tom Smith, who gloved a short ball from David Stiff to Ben Phillips at gulley.

Horton, who has struggled for runs in the LV County Championship so far this season, hit 14 boundaries before finally departing in the 36th over, a slash at Charl Willoughby only providing a catch to Arul Suppiah at point.

Zander de Bruyn removed Loye and Ashwell Prince (34) on his way to figures of 3-47 before the two teams decided to call it a day with the Red Rose county on 191-6.

Somerset had earlier been bowled out for 343 in their first innings to hold a 57-run lead, Gary Keedy taking the final three wickets to fall to finish with 4-86.

The left-arm spinner removed Alfonso Thomas and Stiff, who both skied catches to Prince at mid-wicket, and then had Willoughby well caught by a tumbling Glen Chapple at mid-on. Phillips finished 41 not out off 62 balls.

Day Three

Marcus Trescothick narrowly missed out on a century as Somerset's batsmen dominated day three of their LV County Championship Division One fixture at Old Trafford.

The former England opener contributed 95 to the Cidermen's first innings reply of 301-7, an overall lead of 15 runs.

Trescothick was stumped by Lancashire wicketkeeper Luke Sutton after advancing down the pitch to the bowling of left-arm spinner Gary Keedy (1-75), having hit 14 fours in a 182-ball innings.

The foundation of the innings was set by an opening stand of 131 between Trescothick and Arul Suppiah (47), while number four James Hildreth contributed an aggressive half-century.

Hildreth blasted five fours and a six during a knock of 60 from 89 balls, sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 71 with Craig Kieswetter (45).

Seamer Glen Chapple (2-27) and occasional leg-spinner Francois du Plessis (2-14) picked up a couple of wickets each as the hosts hit back in the evening session before an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 28 between Ben Phillips (17no) and Alfonso Thomas (11no) took Somerset into the credit before the close.

The visitors had finished off Lancashire's first innings at 286 in the morning, David Stiff removing Oliver Newby (15) with the 12th delivery of the day to complete career-best figures of 4-72.

With more than 100 overs of the contest having been lost to rain on the first two days, a positive result looks unlikely on the final day unless the respective skippers contrive a run chase.

Day two

Lancashire reached 281-9 in their first innings by the close of day two against Somerset at Old Trafford.

Home skipper Glen Chapple opted to bat first under blue skies when play finally got underway on the second morning, the opening day of the LV County Championship Division One fixture having been washed out.

Half-centuries from Paul Horton and Chapple provided the mainstay of Lancashire's effort.

Opening batsman Horton (69) shared an 87-run stand with Ashwell Prince (48) for the third wicket, while Chapple thrashed 55 of 79 balls from number eight.

Somerset's bowling attack stuck to their task throughout, led by David Stiff's haul of 3-70 and two wickets apiece for Alfonso Thomas (2-80), Peter Trego (2-34) and spinner Arul Suppiah (2-25).

With four breaks for rain during the morning and afternoon sessions, a total of 16 overs were lost during the day.

Day one

Lancashire and Somerset were left frustrated at Old Trafford as bad weather wiped out the opening day of their LV County Championship fixture.

Heavy rain meant not a ball was bowled in the Division One clash, with the decision for play to be abandoned finally made around 4pm.

The Red Rose county will be hoping for better luck on Sunday as they look to maintain their fine start to the four-day campaign.

Glen Chapple's side currently sit in second place in the table, five points back of early leaders Nottinghamshire.

Opponents Somerset find themselves in eighth place having failed to record a win in any of their three Championship outings so far this season.

Match Details

Date
6th - 9th Jun 2009
Toss
Venue
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires
B Dudleston and J W Holder

lancashire BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Smith c Phillips b Stiff 0
Horton c Suppiah b Willougby 68
Loye lbw b de Bruyn 39
Prince c Trego b de Bruyn 34
Chilton c Langer b de Bruyn 15
du Plessis c Langer b Suppiah 4
Sutton not out 6
Chapple not out 4
Extras 10nb, 5w, 6lb 21
Total Close, 61.0 Overs 191 - 6
Full Batting Card

somerset BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Stiff 6 2 21 1
Willougby 13 4 38 1
Phillips 7 3 11 0
Thomas 7 1 11 0
Suppiah 13 3 45 1
Trego 6 2 12 0
de Bruyn 9 1 47 3
Full Bowling Card