Compton guides Somerset to safety
Nick Compton’s second century of the season secured a draw for Somerset in their LV= County Championship meeting with defending champions Nottinghamshire.
The 28-year-old batted for more than six hours to compile an obdurate 115 from 268 balls with 14 fours before he was brilliantly caught at short extra-cover.
Chris Jones offered strong support to make 55 in only the second championship innings of his career, while Samit Patel mopped up the Somerset tail with his left-arm spin to finish with 4-70.
Somerset were eventually bowled out for 426 and Notts batted for an hour before stumps were drawn, reaching 41 for two.
With Somerset 91 ahead overnight on a good pitch, the onus was on the visitors to dictate the course of the match and it was clear from an early stage that they were unwilling to force the pace ahead of a declaration.
Jones was more adventurous than his partner Compton, hitting several pleasant boundaries through the off side before Patel found some bounce and turn to gain an edge to Adam Voges at slip.
Notts tried to bounce out new batsman James Hildreth with a succession of short balls, most of which were comfortably pulled to the square-leg boundary as he raced to 39.
Hildreth’s entertaining cameo was brought to an end by Luke Fletcher, as an attempted drive flew to Voges at gully.
Lunch was taken with Somerset 201 ahead and, although they lost their final six wickets in the space of 30 overs, they did push that lead on to 320.
Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego were both lbw to off-cutters from Andre Adams before Compton reached his hundred, off 242 balls, with a single to midwicket.
After Murali Kartik had driven Patel to mid-off, Compton was finally dismissed when his drive off Steven Mullaney was plucked out of the air by a diving Riki Wessels.
Steve Kirby was lbw in Patel’s next over and Charl Willoughby holed out at mid-on as the Somerset tailenders chose to swing freely with the game going nowhere, Adam Dibble finishing on 39 not out having hit five fours and two sixes.
Notts had 34 overs to chase a nominal 321 for victory and duly batted out the draw, although they lost Wessels, caught behind off Kirby, and Alex Hales - who was awarded his county cap today - to a return catch off Arul Suppiah in the 15 overs that were bowled.
Nottinghamshire finished with 11 points and Somerset picked up nine.