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Hildreth: We need to maintain standards

By Rob Barnett at Trent Bridge

Somerset are staying focussed on doing their bit to avoid relegation, according to centurion James Hildreth, despite Derbyshire looking likely to be the second side to go down in the LV= County Championship.

Hildreth's 102 not out from 107 balls put the Trent Bridge visitors on course for the points haul they need to retain their Division One status along with opponents Nottinghamshire.

Hildreth and Nick Compton, unbeaten on 62 from as many deliveries, contributed 172 to a score of 183 for two on a truncated second day. That came in reply to 406 all out from Notts, who gained a fifth batting point after Somerset today picked up a third bowling point.

Notts and Somerset went into the game needing 10 and nine points respectively to be sure of safety, but Derbyshire dropping a bowling point and then slumping to 44 for five at home to Warwickshire looks like rendering the hauls gained in Nottingham irrelevant.

Even so, Hildreth is determined that Somerset should hold up their part of the bargain.

"We're just looking for survival really and that was our focus, so we need to keep our good standards for the rest of this game and hopefully that will be the case, we'll survive and that will be the goal achieved," he said.

"We need to get our bonus points and we'll obviously be looking to get as many as we can. Who knows? We'll have to see what's going on elsewhere and just make sure we're going to survive.

"You can't help but have a look when it's interval times. You do have a look and obviously at the moment us and Notts are in a pretty good position so hopefully we can keep that tomorrow."

Hildreth and Compton rescued Somerset from 11 for two this afternoon once the morning session was cancelled out by mist and rain. Bad light cut their effort short soon after 5pm with 44.1 overs lost.

Compton, who missed out on England's Ashes squad despite touring with them last winter, is on course for 1,000 championship runs for a third straight year while Hildreth has had a solid campaign.

"In the context of our season it's a big partnership between myself and Nick," Hildreth added. "He's been a run machine recently.

"We're pretty proud of how we went about it. We know at Trent Bridge the new ball does things early on. If you can get through that period it starts to flatten out when the ball gets a bit older.

"It was tricky because the ball was quite new and they were getting a little bit of swing. But also with the light out there, (even) with the floodlights on it was a little hazy."

The same pair put on an unbroken 216 in last year's corresponding fixture, hitting hundreds in the process.

"I do enjoy batting with him (Compton) because he's quite a focused individual and quite intense at the crease, and that works for him," Hildreth explained.

"It's good to chat to him because he grounds me, but also it keeps the run-rate ticking over with me at the other end. So I think we compliment each other all right."

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