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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Somerset vs Durham

LV= County Championship: Somerset hold Durham to draw at Taunton

Alex Barrow: Hit a career-best 83 not out to help Somerset earn a draw

Graham Onions: Got two late wickets for Durham but the hosts held on

Alex Barrow hit a career-best 83 not out to ensure Somerset a draw on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Durham at Taunton.

Having resumed on 7-0, the struggling home side, who have not won in the competition this season, looked in trouble at 135-5 in their second innings, leading by only 100 early in the afternoon session.

But Barrow batted well to eclipse his previous best first-class score of 69, made against Yorkshire at Headingley in 2011, and the 21-year-old was unbeaten when the teams shook hands at 4.50pm with Somerset on 266-8.

The first wicket of the day fell when Somerset were on 43, with Nick Compton lifting a catch to fine-leg off Mark Wood.

It was 54-2 when fellow opener Marcus Trescothick (25) dragged the ball onto his stumps trying to sweep Scott Borthwick.

Slump

The hosts then slumped to 76-3 when Arul Suppiah was caught at silly mid-on by Borthwick off Ryan Buckley for 19 and Durham must have scented an unlikely victory when James Hildreth was picked up at slip by Will Smith off Borthwick for a single.

At 79-4, Somerset's lead was only 44 but Dean Elgar helped Barrow steady things, contributing 31 to a stand of 56 before fencing at a short ball from Wood and edging a catch to Borthwick at second slip.

But Barrow added 83 for the sixth wicket with Peter Trego (38) and by the time the all-rounder was lbw to Ben Stokes, having faced 60 balls, Somerset had reached 218-6 and led by 183.

Craig Meschede was caught behind for four trying to leave a delivery from Graham Onions and George Dockrell was the last man out, bowled by Onions, also for four.

But Somerset held on for the draw and both teams took nine points from a game in which the flat pitch had the final say. As for the future, the hosts will need to produce more bowler-friendly pitches to force the victories they need to avoid a prolonged relegation battle.

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Match Details

Date
6th - 9th Jun 2013
Toss
Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
The County Ground, Taunton
Umpires
N L Neil, T E Trevor

somerset BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M.E. Trescothick b Borthwick 25
N.R.D. Compton c Buckley b Wood 18
A.V. Suppiah c Borthwick b Buckley 19
D. Elgar c Borthwick b Wood 31
J.C. Hildreth c Smith b Borthwick 1
A.W.R. Barrow Not out 83
P.D. Trego lbw Stokes 38
C.A.J. Meschede c Mustard b Onions 4
G.H. Dockrell b Onions 4
J. Overton Not out 12
Extras 12nb, 1w, 9b, 9lb 31
Total Declared, 82.0 Overs 266 - 8
Full Batting Card

durham BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
G. Onions 13 3 33 2
R.S. Buckley 20 4 44 1
M.A. Wood 16 2 51 2
S.G. Borthwick 27 4 108 2
B.A. Stokes 6 3 12 1
Full Bowling Card