LV County Championship - Division One
TauntonSomerset 510 (J C Hildreth 155, A C Thomas 70, A V Suppiah 52, P D Trego 50) v Hampshire 264 (M A Carberry 123, D A Stiff 5-91) & 357-5 dec (J P Crawley 81 no, L A Dawson 69, S M Ervine 58, M A Carberry 52)
Somerset (12pts) drew with Hampshire (8pts)
Hampshire batted out the final day to secure a draw against Somerset at Taunton.
Having resumed on 122-3 in their second innings, still 124 behind, John Crawley's 81 not out guided the visitors to safety.
Hampshire, who were asked to follow-on after being skittled for 264 in their first innings on day three, had reached 357-5 - an overall advantage of 111 - when the respective skippers agreed on a stalemate.
Crawley faced 247 balls during an innings that spanned almost six hours and was given solid support by middle-order trio Liam Dawson, Sean Ervine and Nic Pothas.
Dawson contributed 69 to a fourth-wicket alliance of 98 before being trapped lbw by medium pacer Peter Trego (1-33) - the only wicket to fall during the morning session.
Somerset's hopes of forcing a positive result disappeared as Ervine made a half-century during a fifth-wicket partnership of 88.
The former Zimbabwean international fell leg-before for 58 to left-arm spinner Arul Suppiah (3-58) but, by that stage, Hampshire had already moved into the lead.
Crawley and Pothas (49no), who batted with a runner due to a groin injury, added an unbroken 84 before Hampshire skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas declared to bring an end to proceedings.
Somerset take 12 points from the match and are now 16 behind Division One leaders Durham, while Hampshire's eight-point haul moves them above Sussex into sixth place.
A career-best bowling performance from David Stiff allowed Somerset to ask Hampshire to follow-on at Taunton.
The seamer claimed 5-91 as the visitors slipped from 83-0 overnight in their first innings to 264 all out on day three, despite a superb 123 from Michael Carberry.
Stiff received good support from Alfonso Thomas (2-22) and spinner Arul Suppiah (2-27), as Somerset's bowlers backed up the efforts of their top order in making 510.
By the end of play Hamsphire were 122-3 second time around, still 124 runs behind. Carberry made 52 having contributed 123 earlier in the day.
However, the left-hander received little support once he lost opening partner Jimmy Adams for 33, the only other major contribution being a rapid 33 from last man Imran Tahir.
Suppiah claimed two more wickets after Hampshire were made to bat again, pushing Somerset a step closer to a fourth successive victory in the LV County Championship.
Somerset continued their fine batting form to post a mammoth total of 510 on day two of their LV County Championship clash with Hampshire.
Alfonso Thomas scored 70, his highest ever total for Somerset, before the home side were eventually bowled out at Taunton.
Earlier, James Hildreth had taken his overnight score of 124 to 155, but he was caught at mid-on off the bowling of James Tomlinson shortly after a rain delay.
The hosts finished their innings with some aggressive hitting, David Stiff (25) hit a huge straight six off leg-spinner Imran Tahir and Thomas dispatching the ball to the boundary 10 times during his innings.
Stiff was eventually stumped by substitute wicketkeeper Tom Burrows, dragging his back foot attempting another expansive drive, this time off Liam Dawson and the long first innings was soon over.
Hampshire's openers, Mike Carberry (49 not out) and James Adams 30 no), also enjoyed themselves on a great batting strip at the County Ground, racing to an unbroken stand of 83 in only 14 overs before rain stopped play after tea.
James Hildreth made an unbeaten century as Somerset amassed 368 for six on the opening day of their LV County Championship Division One match against Hampshire at Taunton.
The 24-year-old batsman scored 124 not out, with Peter Trego (50) and Craig Kieswetter (43) also making telling contributions as Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas was made to rue his decision to field first.
The day had started brightly for the visitors, though, as Marcus Trescothick (22) fell cheaply, caught in the slips by John Crawley off Mascarenhas, and Justin Langer (30) was trapped leg before wicket by Chris Tremlett.
Arul Suppiah was the next to go, edging a Tremlett delivery to Nic Pothas' replacement behind the stumps - Crawley - straight after registering his half-century.
Somerset then fell to 182-4 when Zander de Bruyn was caught by Crawley off the bowling of James Tomlinson.
But a century stand between Hildreth and Kieswetter tipped the game back the hosts' way, before the latter was caught behind attempting to cut leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
Kieswetter's departure brought in all-rounder Trego, who plundered 50 runs from 52 balls before gloving Tremlett to second XI wicketkeeper Tom Burrows - summoned to take over from Crawley.
By the close Hildreth had faced 172 balls for his 124 not out, to put the hosts firmly in control of the tie.