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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Somerset vs Durham

Somerset bat out draw

Durham denied on flat Taunton wicket

Langer: A rock

Langer: A rock

LV County Championship - Division One
Taunton
Durham 543 (D M Benkenstein 181, G J Muchall 68, M J Di Venuto 53, I D Blackwell 50) v Somerset 69 (G Onions 6-31) & 485-5 (J L Langer 122 no, C Kieswetter 106, M E Trescothick 105, J C Hildreth 71)
Somerset (6pts) drew with Durham (12pts)

Marcus Trescothick, Justin Langer and Craig Kieswetter all scored centuries on the final day to guide Somerset to safety.

Trescothick, unbeaten on 90 overnight, made 105 but it was the fifth-wicket stand of 197 between Kieswetter (106) and Langer (122 not out) which did most to frustrate the visitors on a typically flat last day Taunton pitch.

James Hildreth also made 71 but the hosts still looked in trouble after their abysmal first innings showing, heading into lunch on 242-4 - still 232 away from avoiding an innings defeat.

Resuming on 178-1 with Trescothick on 90, the former England opener soon moved past his century from 159 balls before edging Graham Onions (1-110) to first slip shortly after.

Hildreth had batted responsibly in adding 19 to his overnight 52 before playing back to Callum Thorp and edging the ball onto his stumps and Zander de Bruyn made only six before wafting disappointingly at a delivery from Mitchell Claydon, but Langer was well set at the other end.

And he found the perfect ally in Kieswetter with the pair fending off the new ball to go into tea on 405-4, with a burst of rain further aiding their cause.

Kieswetter returned to complete an elegant century off 108 balls, with 14 fours and two sixes. It was the young wicketkeeper's third ton of the season, two of them in the Championship.

He eventually fell to a catch behind off Somerset old boy Ian Blackwell, but Langer proved typically rock-like in leading his side to safety. His 85th first-class century occupied 177 balls, with 13 fours and a six and by the end he had batted for four hours and 41 minutes.

Day three

Marcus Trescothick led the way as a combination of good batting and poor weather gave Somerset a chance of avoiding defeat against Durham at Taunton.

Only 24 overs were possible when play on day three belatedly got under way at 1.45pm after morning rain.

Somerset, following-on after being skittled for just 69 on day two, resumed at 83-1 in their second innings with a further 391 required to avoid an innings defeat.

Trescothick advanced his score from 32 to 90 in fine style, while James Hildreth moved from 22 to 52 as Somerset reached 178-1 before rain returned for the third time and, after an early tea was taken, stumps were drawn at 5.15pm.

Day two

Graham Onions celebrated his call-up to the England Test squad by taking six wickets as Durham took a stranglehold on their County Championship match with Somerset.

The 26-year-old finished with first innings figures of 6-31 as Somerset were skittled out for a paltry 69 in reply to the champions' daunting 543.

Resuming on 372-6, Durham comfortably claimed maximum batting points with Dale Benkenstein (110 not out overnight) leading the way.

The South Africa cruised to 150 off 254 balls and was eventually last man out for 181 having been given decent support from Callum Thorp (32) and Mitchell Claydon (38).

Onions then took centre stage as he ripped through Somerset's top and middle order with an impressive display of aggression and pace that will have done his international prospects no harm.

He started by bowling Marcus Trescothick in the second over for 12 and went on to remove Arul Suppiah, James Hildreth, Craig Kieswetter, Peter Trego and Charl Willoughby.

Having been forced to follow on, Somerset progressed to 49 before Suppiah was given out lbw pushing forward to Claydon and reached stumps 83-1 with Trescothick (32 not out) and Hildreth (22 not out) at the crease.

Day one

County champions Durham made a good start to their match at Somerset with some generous fielding from the hosts helping them to 372-6.

Dale Benkenstein hit a century for Durham while Michael Di Venuto and Gordon Muchall scored fifties as Somerset shelled six catching opportunities in all during the day.

Somerset's bowling attack, missing three first-choice seamers, could not take advantage of a green pitch and swinging conditions with some wayward bowling also helping the visitors.

Benkenstein ended the day unbeaten on 110, while De Venuto made 53 and Muchall 68 as Durham moved towards a strong first innings total.

Charl Willoughby made the only breakthrough of the morning as Di Venuto edged to first slip where Justin Langer knocked the ball up for second slip Marcus Trescothick to catch it.

Trescothick then spilled two catches and wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter three, while Arul Suppiah also failed to hold a difficult one-handed chance at point.

Match Details

Date
28th Apr - 1st May 2009
Toss
Venue
St James Street, Taunton
Umpires
R A Kettleborough and R T Robinson

somerset BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Trescothick c Muchall b Onions 105
Suppiah lbw b Claydon 29
Hildreth b Thorp 71
Langer not out 122
de Bruyn c Muchall b Claydon 6
Kieswetter c Blackwell 106
Trego not out 21
Extras 6nb, 3b, 16lb 25
Total Close, 129.0 Overs 485 - 5
Full Batting Card

durham BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Onions 29 5 110 1
Thorp 29 9 80 1
Harmison 27 7 100 0
Claydon 23 3 95 2
Blackwell 21 2 81 1
Full Bowling Card