LV County Championship - Division One
Somerset 323-8 dec (M T Trescothick 108, J C Hildreth 86 no, J L Langer 69, C R Woakes 4-89) & 156-4 dec (M T Trescothick 107 not out) v Warwickshire 261 (T Frost 94, I J L Trott 79, C W Willoughby 4-37, A C Thomas 4-72)
Marcus Trescothick completed two hundreds in the match at Edgbaston for the second time in his career, as Somerset were forced to settle for a sterile draw with Warwickshire.
Having made 105 and 107 against the West Indies in a Test match in Birmingham in 2004, the former England batsman repeated the feat for his county side with scores of 108 and 107 not out.
Giving one chance at mid-wicket off Ant Botha when he had made 75, he reached three figures with 15 fours and a six from 100 balls as Somerset closed out a dead contest by making 156 for four in their second innings.
Ten points could be just enough to keep alive their hopes of reeling in Durham's advantage at the top of Division One. They are now 22 points behind the reigning champions but have played a game more.
Somerset finally claimed maximum bowling points when Charl Willoughby confirmed Warwickshire's dismissal for 261 by claiming the last two wickets in 14 balls without conceding a run.
Andy Caddick, in his last Championship match in Birmingham, and Alfonso Thomas bowled throughout the morning as the home side faltered after a partnership of 142 by Tony Frost (94) and Jonathan Trott (79).
Losing seven wickets for 58, they strayed from their own high-scoring agenda by failing to make 400 for only the second time in seven home matches.
After hitting 17 fours, Frost was in sight of his century when he was caught behind as Thomas swiftly cut through the middle order, locating outside edges to remove Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke in successive balls in his next over.
Caddick then flattened Botha's middle stump before dislodging Trott with a catch by Trescothick at second slip, leaving Warwickshire to rely on Chris Woakes (13) and Naqaash Tahir (23) to claim a second batting point.
The left seamer's brief appearance in the attack signalled the end of meaningful cricket before Trescothick, who lost four partners, put his side a comfortable 218 ahead when the teams shook hands after a token declaration at 4.50pm.
Jonathan Trott made a dramatic dash from Headingley to Edgbaston to help Warwickshire get out of an early jam against Somerset.
The right-handed batsman was released by England just ahead of start at the fourth Ashes Test, leaving him a 125-mile drive back to his county.
He had little time to rest up as the Bears slumped to 61-3 after Somerset skipper Justin Langer declared his side's first innings at 323-8.
Resuming on 226-2 at 2.30pm after an overnight downpour delayed the start, the visitors lost Marcus Trescothick for 108 to the fourth ball of the day.
Boyd Rankin removed the former England opener and then dismissed Zander de Bruyn for a duck four runs later. Chris Woakes followed the lead of his fellow seamer by picking up three Somerset wickets.
James Hildreth was denied the chance to make his 13th career hundred when Langer ended the innings early with the 24-year-old unbeaten on 86.
The decision by the Australian soon reaped dividends, though, when Charl Willoughby removed Ian Westwood for a five-ball duck and then had Jim Troughton caught by Trescothick for 11.
Neil Carter became the third wicket to fall having made 24 but Trott, who finished up unbeaten on 40, and Tony Frost (71 not out) steered the hosts to 156-3 by the close of play, still 167 behind.
Marcus Trescothick scored his fifth century of the season in the LV County Championship as Somerset's meeting with Warwickshire at Edgbaston turned into a virtual re-run of their last visit to the West Midlands.
A fortnight ago at New Road, the first day of the match against Worcestershire was lost to rain and, when the game got under way, Trescothick and Justin Langer responded with centuries after Somerset had been put in to bat.
Moving up to Birmingham, they were again made to bat first after an opening-day washout and this time their high-quality left handers put on 175 as the west country side reached 226 for two in 54 overs.
Trescothick, unbeaten with 104 when play ended because of bad light, hit 16 fours before completing his hundred from 177 balls with a pull for six off Neil Carter, but Langer fell for 69 shortly before a third hold-up for rain.
Warwickshire's quartet of seamers were unable to make much of a green-tinged pitch, but Boyd Rankin took care of opener Arul Suppiah (seven) in the fifth over as he set up wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose for a routine catch.
Langer came in and swiftly added runs as the partnership became a second-wicket record for Somerset in meetings with Warwickshire - surpassing 172 by Peter Roebuck and Nigel Popplewell in 1984.
However, there were signs that the partnership may be coming to end when Tony Frost dropped a slip chance from Trescothick on 87, and Langer went almost immediately afterwards, caught behind when attempting to drive a ball from Chris Woakes.
The opening day of Warwickshire's Division One encounter with Somerset has been washed out without a ball being bowled at Edgbaston.
There was never any chance of a start on Wednesday after further soakings for the ground since Australia's batsmen saved the rain-affected third Ashes Test on Monday.
The groundstaff managed to mop up surface water around the covers but umpires Mark Benson and Neil Mallender took the decision to abandon for the day at noon.
The washout delayed delayed a Warwickshire debut in the LV County Championship for the son of former England and Worcestershire swing bowler Phil Newport.
Left handed batsman Nathan Newport is pencilled in for a first appearance following Jonathan Trott's call-up to join county colleague Ian Bell in the England squad for the Headingley Test.
Newport, born in May 1989, shortly before his father took 11 wickets in a two-day defeat for Allan Border's Australians at New Road, was in Worcestershire's academy until 2006.
Although named in the team to take on Somerset, he will be nominated as the player to stand down should Trott be released by England on Friday morning.