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Somerset vs Warwicks

Hildreth stars in tame draw

Run-fest continues at Taunton

Hildreth: Superb display

LV County Championship - Division One
Taunton, Day Four
Warwickshire 500 (I R Bell 172, J O Troughton 77, C R Woakes 63, T R Ambrose 57, B J Phillips 4-100) & 108-1 v Somerset 672-4 dec (J C Hildreth 303 no, C Kieswetter 150 no, J L Langer 76, M E Trescothick 52)
Somerset (12pts) drew with Warwickshire (10pts)

James Hildreth's unbeaten 303 helped Somerset compile their highest-ever total against Warwickshire as the season opener at Taunton ended in a draw.

Craig Kieswetter chipped in with his maiden first class hundred as the hosts managed to get to their first innings score tof 672-4 before declaring.

In response to Warwickshire's first innings total of 500 all out, Somerset resumed on day four on 454-4, with Hildreth 191 not out and Kieswetter on 53.

In the fourth over of the day Hildreth brought up his double century with a boundary to fine leg off the bowling of Chris Woakes.

The Somerset pair batted with increasing fluency as the morning wore on and Hildreth took the partnership past the 200 mark and brought up his own 250 with a glance to the third man boundary.

Kieswetter went to his maiden ton for Somerset with a clipped four over point off Ant Botha, his landmark coming up off 198 balls. It included seven fours and three sixes, and by lunchtime the pair had moved the total onto 598.

The duo continues on - Hildreth going to his triple century - before home captain Justin Langer decided to end their fun by declaring.

However, the game inevitabley petered out into a draw, with the hosts taking 12 points and the visitors, who reached 108-1 in their second innings, getting 10.

Day Three

James Hildreth's unbeaten 191 looks to have saved Somerset from going down to defeat in their season-opener against Warwickshire at Taunton.

The 24-year-old Somerset batsman top scored as the hosts reached 454 for five on day three of the LV County Championship Division One match in reply to the visitors' 500 all out.

There were half-centuries for Marcus Trescothick and Craig Kieswetter, while skipper Justin Langer, batting with a runner because of a back problem after lunch, contributed 76.

Chris Woakes was the pick of a depleted Warwickshire bowling line-up, that lost Neil Carter to a calf strain after he had sent down only three overs at the start of the morning session.

The Bears were also without captain Tim Ambrose, whose sore back stiffened up overnight, meaning Tony Frost resumed his role deputising behind the stumps.

Somerset had begun the day on 70 without loss, with Trescothick going on to 52 before a loose drive at a wide delivery from Woakes saw him caught by Darren Maddy at gully.

Arul Suppiah then nicked an attempted pull shot off Joe Anyon to give Frost a straightforward catch as the Sabres fell to 118 for two.

That brought in Hildreth to join Langer in what proved a Somerset record third-wicket stand against Warwickshire. The pair put on 225, beating the 206 partnership between Brian Rose and Sir Vivian Richards at Edgbaston in 1982.

Former England Lions tourist Hildreth was by far the more fluent, playing a string of exquisite off drives and back-foot forcing shots before reaching three figures off 134 balls, with 15 fours.

Langer too showed grit, despite being inhibited by injury, before being pinned lbw by Woakes' second delivery with the new ball.

Zander de Bruyn fell cheaply after tea, playing a lazy drive at Woakes and edging to Rikki Clarke at second slip, and Somerset were 347 for three at that stage.

Hildreth survived an anxious moment on 146 when Maddy claimed a low catch at gully off Woakes, which the umpires deemed had not quite carried.

And he and Kieswetter (53 not out) went on to close out the day in an unbeaten partnership of 100.

Day Two

Ian Bell boosted his chances of an England recall with a superb century as Warwickshire reached 500 before being bowled out on day two.

Resuming on 84 not out, the right-hander hit 25 boundaries during his 272-ball stay at the crease to make 172 - the first ton of the 2009 LV County Championship season.

Bell, whose innings was a timely one with the national selectors meeting this weekend, eventually fell to Ben Phillips, who finished with 4-100.

Jim Troughton added 19 runs to his overnight total before falling to Charl Willoughby (3-87) for 77, while stand-in skipper Tim Ambrose contributed 57 out of a fifth-wicket stand of 141 with Bell.

Rikki Clarke managed a two-ball duck but Chris Woakes made sure the tail didn't collapse in a hurry, hitting seven fours and a six to make a valuable 63.

However, Somerset quickly proved how good the surface is for batting by racing to 70-0 in reply to their opponents posting such a big total.

Marcus Trescothick, who finished on 27 not out, and Arul Suppiah (31no) suffered few scares to ease the hosts through to close on day two.

Day one

Ian Bell struck first in the race for the England number three spot with a measured unbeaten 84 on a rain-interrupted first day against Somerset at Taunton.

Both Bell and Jim Troughton (58no) helped Warwickshire up to 189-3 at stumps on the opening day of their return to Division One.

The score was made even more impressive after Somerset skipper Justin Langer had won the toss and seen pace bowler Ben Phillips strike three times in the opening session to reduce the visitors to 66-3 before lunch.

Last season's hero Tony Frost (7), Darren Maddy (17) and Jonathan Trott (0) were all sent packing by Phillips before Bell and Troughton impressively steadied the Bears innings.

Bell struck 13 fours and both he and Troughton brought up their first fifties of the campaign before bad light saw play end prematurely at 5.40pm.

Match Details

15th - 18th Apr 2009
St James Street, Taunton
R K Illingworth and R A Kettleborough


Batsman R
Maddy c Turner b Suppiah 36
Frost not out 46
Bell not out 13
Extras 6nb, 2w, 1b, 4lb 13
Total Close, 38.0 Overs 108 - 1
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Willoughby 5 2 10 0
Phillips 4 1 6 0
Turner 9 1 29 0
Banks 6 3 9 0
Suppiah 6 1 34 1
Trescothick 5 2 10 0
Trego 3 1 5 0
Full Bowling Card