Dockrell lights up draw
Worcestershire and Somerset share the spoils
Last Updated: 02/06/12 7:21pm
Bad light ensured Worcestershire's County Championship match against Somerset ended in a draw at New Road.
Worcestershire closed 171 ahead on 129-7 in their second innings after Somerset left-armer spinner George Dockrell had briefly brough the game to life with a three-wicket burst.
Dockrell, whose haul of 3-56 makes him the top spinner this season in either tier of the County Championship with 29 wickets, helped reduce the Pears to 60-4, a lead of 102.
But a partnership of 47 between Moeen Ali (47no) and Matt Pardoe (28) either side of a 70-minute delay for bad light effectively killed off Somerset's hopes of forcing a result.
There was still time for further mishaps when Craig Kieswetter took 2-3 in his first bowling spell in county cricket.
The wicketkeeper ditched his pads and celebrated a wicket when his fifth ball squeezed through to bowl Pardoe. In his second over Ben Scott was run out and in the third Gareth Andrew was given out leg before.
Somerset had advanced from 277-7 to 298 all out at the start of the final day, Pears seamer Jack Shantry finishing with 5-58.
Somerset batsman Nick Compton was given more reason to curse the weather when he completed his delayed passage to 1,000 first-class runs with a century against Worcestershire on day three at New Road.
Denied by rain on Thursday when on the brink of joining an elite band of eight cricketers who made 1,000 by the end of May, he took the next best option by crossing the threshold on the first day of June.
Leapfrogging Kent's Rob Key, who got there on June 2 in 2004, he thus became the earliest to reach this milestone in 24 years since Worcestershire's Graeme Hick posted 1,000 on May 28, 1988.
Compton's achievement dominated all else in steadying Somerset after they had they had slipped to 86-4 on losing James Hildreth (52) and Craig Kieswetter in successive balls from Jack Shantry.
Worcestershire's total of 340 was a long way off at that point but a fifth-wicket partnership of 167 in 44 overs with Jos Buttler (85) lifted them to 277-7 - still 63 behind - when bad light ended play at 5.15pm.
Play was called off just two balls after Compton had gone for 108, bowled by Shantry (4-56).
Rain thwarted Somerset batsman Nick Compton's hopes of becoming the first player for 24 years to reach 1,000 first-class runs by the end of May.
Compton, needing 59 runs to reach the milestone, was unbeaten on nine when the weather intervened at 2.36pm on day two at New Road with the visitors on 27-2 in reply to Worcestershire's first-innings total of 340.
Cruelly for Compton, with his total on 950 runs from 13 innings, he could only watch from the balcony for three hours as the drizzle wiped out 53 overs on the last day of the month.
In the morning session, Vikram Solanki completed his first century of the season but Worcestershire slipped from an overnight 270-3 to 340 all out.
Solanki was bowled by Somerset seamer Peter Trego for 106, Trego going on to finish with 5-75 to take his season's tally to 31 wickets.
Worcestershire's top three all struck half-centuries in a total of 270-3 as Somerset's bowlers were made to toil on the opening day at New Road.
Openers Daryl Mitchell and Phil Hughes batted throughout the morning session after the Pears opted to bat first.
Hughes edged behind off Peter Trego for 53 to bring an end to an opening stand of exactly 100 in 41.2 overs.
Mitchell (80) added another 80 in the company of Vikram Solanki before the Worcestershire skipper went to Arul Suppiah's (1-17) part-time spin.
Seamer Trego (2-56) added his second wicket of the day, Moeen Ali lbw for 20, but Solanki (82no) and James Cameron (14no) saw the home side through to stumps without further loss.
Events on day one also reduced the chance of Somerset batsman Nick Compton becoming the first batsman for 24 years to reach 1,000 first-class runs by the end of May.
Compton, who needs 59 runs to reach the landmark will bat at number three when Somerset's first innings gets under way, arrived in Worcester with a maximum of two days in which to take his place in the record books.