Somerset settle for draw

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Somerset were denied victory over Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship as rain and an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand between James Taylor and Chris Read ensured a draw at Trent Bridge.

While the hosts lost four wickets on their way to 169, two heavy showers saw the players off for two and a half hours, after which Taylor and Read thwarted Somerset; a draw was agreed shortly after 5pm.

James Taylor

James Taylor, pictured, and captain Chris Read produced a brilliant rearguard action to help Nottinghamshire claim a draw against Somerset

With Nottinghamshire picking up no bonus points from their poor display, they fell back to second in the Division One table - a point behind Warwickshire.

Nottinghamshire began the day on 47 without loss, needing a further 236 to avoid an innings defeat, and were given a boost before the start of play with the news that a hamstring strain would prevent Steve Kirby from bowling.

The onus was on all-rounder Peter Trego to lead the attack, and the 30-year-old responded with the early wicket of former Somerset opener Neil Edwards, caught behind by Craig Kieswetter for 26 after edging a ball that left him off the seam.

That ended an opening partnership of 58, with Alex Hales falling for 29 in the next over from Craig Meschede, trying to force a lifting delivery and only succeeding in edging to first slip.

England hopeful Samit Patel did not look comfortable in the conditions and only made 11 before he played across the line to Trego to be dismissed lbw.

A lengthy rain delay wiped out the afternoon session, but spinner George Dockrell still had time to bowl Michael Lumb through the gate for 23 before Taylor and Read closed out the match.

Former Leicestershire batsman Taylor made a battling 38 not out from 91 balls and first-innings centurion Read was unbeaten on 33.

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