Rain frustrates at Taunton
Exciting finish wiped out by weather
Last Updated: August 24, 2012 6:27pm
The weather was the winner on the final day in Taunton as Somerset clash against Sussex ended in a frustrating draw.
Needing 133 with all wickets intact, Second-placed Sussex looked favourites for victory when play began an hour late.
But three strikes from Somerset's leading wicket-taker Peter Trego and two for Abdur Rehman put the hosts right back into the match before intermittent rain restricted play to just 24.3 overs.
With Sussex needing 49 runs and Somerset five wickets for victory, the prospect of a nail-biting finish fizzled out and umpires Rob Bailey and Nick Cook finally abandoned the game at 4.45pm.
Starting the day on 31-0, Sussex lost Ed Joyce (24), Chris Nash (26), Murray Goodwin (0) and Luke Wright (22) before Michael Yardy and Luke Wells saw Sussex to lunch on 96.
Abdur Rehman had Yardy caught at slip on his first delivery after the break but the rain eventually put paid to any chance of a result. Sussex took eight points from the match while Somerset claimed seven.
Monty Panesar proved the scourge of Somerset's batsman again as Sussex put themselves in a commanding position on day three at Taunton.
The England left-arm spinner followed up his first innings figures of 7- 60 by taking 6-77 as the hosts crashed to 195 all out leaving their opponents a modest victory target of 164.
Starting the day on 161-6 Sussex moved to 279, their last three wickets adding 101 as Ben Brown hit 52 and Amjad Khan made 57 not out. Abdur Rehman returned five for 70.
Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah put on an opening stand of 84 in reply but Trescothick fell on 38 advancing down the pitch to Panesar only to edge an arm-ball to slip.
Suppiah made his half-century off 69 balls, with nine fours, but on 59 he sent a back-foot shot off James Anyon straight to Michael Yardy at short cover and from there the hosts went into freefall.
The middle order could find no answer to Panesar and Chris Nash, with Chris Jones (14), Jos Buttler (11), Alex Barrow (10) and James Hildreth (18) unable to contribute significantly. By stumps Sussex had reached 31 without loss in their second innings
Marcus Trescothick completed his 50th first-class century and Monty Panesar claimed career-best figures as the County Championship fixture between Somerset and Sussex came to life.
Sussex reached stumps on 161-6 in reply to Somerset's 247 as 13 wickets fell on the second day at Taunton.
Trescothick, on 89 overnight, advanced to 123 before his dismissal was the start of a collapse that saw Somerset's last five wickets tumble for the addition of six runs.
Chris Nash ended the Somerset captain's 230-ball stay but thereafter it was the Panesar show as the England left-arm spinner finished with 7-60.
Sussex reduced their deficit to 86 at the close with four wickets still standing, opener Nash's 31 the top score.
Several other batsman made starts but Somerset chipped away with regular wickets, including two each for seam bowler Gemaal Hussain (2-27) and spinner Abdur Rehman (2-29).
Skipper Marcus Trescothick hit 89 not out as Somerset reached 175-3 before rain forced a premature end to day one of their County Championship match against Sussex.
Sussex struck early when Steve Magoffin (1-23) bowled Trescothick's opening partner Arul Suppiah for two in the sixth over at Taunton.
But Trescothick, on the comeback trail after ankle surgery, shared stands of 61 with Chris Jones and 56 with James Hildreth to justify his decision to bat first.
Sussex spinner Monty Panesar removed both Jones (26) and Hildreth (23) on the way to figures of 2-44 from 17 overs.
Trescothick, who faced 147 balls and dispatched 16 fours, was alongside Jos Buttler (17no) when a heavy downpour sent the players back to the pavilion at 3pm.
Puddles developed on the outfield and umpires Rob Bailey and Nick Cook abandoned any hope of a resumption after a 5.30pm inspection.