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Classy Compton secures draw at Durham

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A century from opener Nick Compton frustrated Durham as Somerset eased their way to an LV= County Championship draw at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Compton and Craig Kieswetter, who came together at 92 for four, put on an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 154 after the visitors were set 337 to win off 82 overs.

His 208-ball hundred, which included 14 fours, saw Somerset home as captains Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick called it a day with the visitors needing 91 more to win with nine overs remaining.

Durham earlier declared their second innings on 213 for nine but, despite two wickets apiece from Chris Rushworth and Usman Arshad, hopes of victory dissolved as Compton and Kieswetter took root.

Collingwood helped to ease the home side's lead past the 300-mark with an unbeaten 52, scoring freely after resuming on 23 not out with no play possible yesterday.

His half-century, which came off 80 balls, included six fours as first Jamie Harrison and then Graham Onions fell to Lewis Gregory, who in the process took his tally for the match to a career-best 8-150.

It was Rushworth who did the early damage for Durham, accounting for opener Trescothick lbw for five from the Lumley End.

The seamer switched to the Finchale End to trap Chris Jones in similar fashion for 24 to leave the visitors on 45 for two at lunch.

However, Durham had to remain patient as the afternoon session unfolded and it was not until the final ball of the 13th over after lunch that Arshad had Alviro Petersen caught by Scott Borthwick at second slip for 23 to end a stand of 47 for the third wicket.

Arshad struck again in his next over when James Hildreth nicked one to keeper Phil Mustard having scored just a single. New arrival Kieswetter had an escape on nine when he was dropped by Borthwick off Onions.

Somerset never looked back as he and Compton batted through 43 overs to clinch a draw, with the home side taking 11 points to Somerset's eight.

Compton's achievement was all the more impressive as he did it after undergoing treatment for a neck injury which had threatened to limit his participation and saw him bat at number eight as Somerset were limited to 185 first time around

Speaking of his team-mate’s innings, Trescothick said: "It was a brilliant knock. Getting a hundred here is always tough, but he has been struggling with a neck injury for the last few days.

"We have done everything we can. Our medical team has worked tirelessly to get him back in the position because we can see what he can do, we know what kind of players he is - a world-class player - when he gets into that environment.

"If we can just get him good enough and fit enough to get out on to the park, then we know he can do well."

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