Solanki makes Somerset lose ground

Lv County Championship

Vikram Solanki

Vikram Solanki's glorious form in 2009 continued with a battling 93 to try and stave off defeat for his embattled side

Vikram Solanki fell seven runs short of a century but his knock was good enough to help Worcestershire secure a draw at New Road and scupper Somerset’s designs on the LV= County Championship title.

With centurions Marcus Trescothick and Justin Langer leading the visitors to a total of 428 in their first innings, Worcestershire’s tail failed to stick around long enough this morning to avoid the follow-on.

Needing 279 to make Somerset bat again, the hosts were all out for 225 as Andy Caddick (3-53) and Arul Suppiah (2-28) mopped up the tail.

Daryl Mitchell fell for just four as Worcestershire’s second innings got off to a miserable start.

Stephen Moore went for 17 after lunch but Solanki (93) and Ben Smith (80 not out) put on 136 for the third wicket as the hosts finished on 225 for four when the captains agreed on a draw.

It set the tone for a day of draws as all five championship matches ended without a positive result.

Warwickshire's Division One match with Hampshire at the Rose Bowl petered out into a draw this afternoon after Michael Carberry’s mammoth double hundred.

Carberry hit a double century as Hampshire reached 505 before they were dismissed this afternoon, although by then the chance of forcing a result had long gone.

Resuming on 183 this morning, Carberry moved on to a career-best 204 before his 357-ball, 29-boundary knock was brought to an end by Rikki Clarke.

Ian Bell, a frontliner to seal a recall to the England Test squad following the withdrawal of the injured Kevin Pietersen, was out for a six-ball duck as Warwickshire reached 23 for two in their second innings before the captains shook hands with no result possible.

Yorkshire salvaged a stalemate with Nottinghamshire at Scarborough after being forced to follow-on.

After falling just 15 runs short of avoiding the follow-on yesterday in response to Nottinghamshire’s 395, the hosts benefited from a knock of 99 from Andrew Gale and after reaching 232 for five, the captains decided to settle for a draw.

Nick Compton

Nick Compton helped Middlesex play out a draw after they were unable to skittle Derbyshire at the County Ground

The loss of opener Jacques Rudolph for 12 yesterday was a blow to the hosts’ hopes of holding out for a draw, and the loss of Anthony McGrath for nine this morning left them floundering on 31 for two. However, Gale and Joe Sayers (36) steadied the ship.

In Division Two, Derbyshire and Middlesex drew at Derby as the hosts kept their promotion bid on course by at least avoiding defeat.

The hosts declared their innings on 258 for seven after lunch to hand the visitors two sessions to reach their target.

Middlesex reached 121 for one but after completing 24 overs and with Nick Compton unbeaten on 62, the sides opted to share the spoils.

At Grace Road, Leicestershire claimed a draw against Essex despite being forced to follow-on after being skittled for 238 this afternoon.

They had made their way to 123 for three in the second innings of a rain-interrupted match when a draw was declared, with Matthew Boyce unbeaten on 45.