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Somerset vs Hants

Hampshire bat out for draw

Brown century sees visitors to safety

Brown: thwarted Somerset's victory hopes

LV County Championship - Division One
Taunton
Somerset 126 (J A Tomlinson 8-46) & 654-6 dec (J L Langer 188, M E Trescothick 151, Z de Bruyn 98, P D Trego 84 no, N J Edwards 50) v Hampshire 359 (J P Crawley 104, K P Pietersen 100, M J Lumb 76) & 198-1 (M J Brown 104 no)
Somerset (7pts) drew with Hampshire (11pts)

Hampshire comfortably batted out for a draw on the final day against Somerset at Taunton.

The hosts batted on for 12 overs on the fourth morning before declaring their second innings at 654-6.

Zander de Bruyn was trapped lbw by Sean Ervine (1-119) two runs short of a century, while Peter Trego finished unbeaten on 84 from 70 balls.

That left Hampshire chasing a target of 422 and, although victory was always out of the equation, they easily negotiated their way to a draw at .

Opening batsman Michael Brown (104no) completed his seventh first-class hundred before the skippers agreed on a draw.

Day three

Big centuries from Marcus Trescothick and Justin Langer helped Somerset turn the tables on Hampshire at Taunton.

The home side pushed on from 159-1 to 559-5 by the end of play on day three, giving them a lead of 326 with five wickets still in hand.

Trescothick and Langer shared a partnership of 272 in 63 overs that was the county's highest for the second wicket in 84 years.

Former England opener Trescothick was the first to his century, the 43rd of his first-class career. He was eventually out for 151 when sub wicketkeeper Tom Burrows took a legside catch off the bowling of David Griffiths.

Although James Hildreth fell cheaply to James Tomlinson, skipper Langer continued to amass runs until he fell 12 runs short of a double hundred, edging behind to spinner Greg Lamb.

The Australian left-hander had faced 271 balls and hit 21 fours and two sixes, though his departure did not end the misery for the visitors.

Ian Blackwell (21) became Tomlinson's 10th wicket of the match but Kolpak recruit Zander de Bruyn hit an unbeaten 75 to help Somerset move into a commanding position by the close.

Day two

Hampshire are in a strong position after piling up 359 for a first-innings lead of 233 against Somerset.

John Crawley turned an overnight position of 78 into his 54th first-class century, before being fifth out for 104 with the score at 234.

From that point Michael Lumb shepherded the lower order expertly and was last out for 76.

Somerset wiped out a substantial chunk of their deficit by the close of the second day, Marcus Trescothick's 62 not out leading the hosts to 159-1 in their second innings, still 74 behind.

Trescothick shared an opening stand of 83 with Neil Edwards (50) and an unbroken 76 with skipper Justin Langer (34).

Day one

A century from Kevin Pietersen and career-best figures from James Tomlinson were the highlights for Hampshire on day one as they assumed immediate control of their County Championship Division One match against Somerset.

The England star together with John Crawley (78 no) helped steady the ship after a shaky start from Hampshire's openers to leave the visitors on 194-3 by close of play.

Hampshire therefore enjoy an overnight lead of 68 runs after Tomlinson had earlier torn through the Somerset order, taking figures of 8-46 as the home side were reduced to a modest 126 all out.

Stars Marcus Trescothick (11) and Justin Langer (a first-ball duck) were among Tomlinson's victims as Somerset - who were 23-6 at one stage - were skittled by the mid-way point of the afternoon session.

Nevertheless, Craig Kieswetter (32) and Ben Phillips (39) at least helped them break three figures on a soft pitch.

A day of low-scoring then appeared a real possibility as both Jimmy Adams (3) and Michael Brown (0) departed in rapid succession to Phillips and Charl Willoughby respectivley to leave Hampshire in turn reeling on 3-2.

But Pietersen then arrived and proceeded to produce an authoritative display of shot-making, hitting 14 boundaries off 158 balls on his way to a century.

Promptly caught behind off Peter Trego, Pietersen also put on 190 for the third wicket with Crawley, who hit six boundaries.

Match Details

Date
7th May 2008
Toss
Venue
St James Street, Taunton
Umpires
I J Gould and N J Llong