Tame draw at Taunton
Patel celebrates England call-up with third century of the summer
Last Updated: 20/08/11 5:59pm
Samit Patel: good day all round
Somerset's rain-affected championship match against Nottinghamshire at Taunton fizzled out into the expected draw.
Rain at the start of the final day caused the loss of 41 overs, but when play did eventually get underway at 2.15pm, Samit Patel celebrated his England one-day selection with his third century of the summer, while his overnight partner Riki Wessels scored a season-best 82.
Together they added 178 to help Notts to 402-9 and maximum batting points in reply to Somerset's first innings total of 177.
Somerset left-arm spinner George Dockrell claimed two wickets in two balls on his championship debut, while Charl Willoughby ended with 4-76, but at the end the home team had to be satisfied with six points from the match, compared to Notts' 11.
Andre Adams took 6-33 and Samit Patel hit 70 not out as Nottinghamshire dominated day three of their rain-affected match against Somerset.
Only eight overs had been possible at Taunton on the opening two days because of rain but the visitors made up for the lost time under blue skies on Friday.
Somerset slipped from 20-2 to 177 all out as former New Zealand seamer Adams made regular breakthroughs.
He disturbed the wickets on five occasions to account for Nick Compton (18), James Hildreth (35), Jos Buttler (43), Alfonso Thomas (10) and Charl Willoughby (0) - and added the scalp of George Dockrell (14) lbw for good measure.
Nottinghamshire reached 183-3 in reply by stumps, a lead of six, as Patel compiled his sixth half-century of the season.
Alex Hales (28) and Karl Turner (36) put on 51 for the first wicket and Darren Bravo chipped in with 27 before Patel took over.
The England one-day all-rounder found the boundary 11 times in his 107-ball contribution and will resume on the final day alongside Riki Wessels (13no).
Rain prevented any play on the second day between Somerset and Nottinghamshire at Taunton, meaning just eight overs have been possible at the halfway stage of the match.
Somerset were due to resume at 20-2 in their first innings but never got the chance as a heavy morning downpour was followed by regular showers to ensure the players remained indoors.
Umpires Martin Bodenham and Richard Illingworth made the decision to abandon for the day following a 4pm pitch inspection.
Somerset came into the game on the back of three successive LV County Championship wins, which had catapulted them into the Division One title race.
But with only two days to go their best hope of continuing that sequence would now appear to lie in a contrived finish.
Somerset were reduced to 20-2 in the eight overs possible on a wet day one against Nottinghamshire at Taunton.
The visitors opted to bowl in overcast conditions and Luke Fletcher won lbw verdicts against both Somerset openers, Marcus Trescothick (4) and Arul Suppiah (2), in his second over.
Nick Compton (8no) and James Hildreth (5no) steadied the ship before rain forced the players from the field after half-an-hour.
And steady rain - persistent but never heavy - ensured they did not return, umpires Martin Bodenham and Richard Illingworth eventually calling off play for the day at 5.20pm.