Somerset settle for stalemate

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Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick preferred to bat through the final day rather than set up a chase for Kent, thus making a draw a certainty

Somerset’s bid to land their first LV= County Championship title suffered a potential setback when they chose to bat throughout the final day at Canterbury.

Against part-time bowling and an attacking field, Somerset refused to negotiate or set the hosts a target and churned on to reach a second innings total of 387 for seven to ensure a stalemate when Marcus Trescothick and Rob Key shook hands on a draw, collecting 10 points each.

Trescothick, the former England left-hander, ended unbeaten on 188 after seven and a half hours at the crease, his best championship score since 2007.

Somerset started the day on 138 for three, an overall lead of 146, but any hopes of a run chase or a positive result were effectively over by lunch.

Kent struck in the third over of the day when James Tredwell plucked out the off stump of James Hildreth for 32 as he attempted to sweep.

Trescothick scored his second hundred of the summer with only nine fours and from 251 balls as he and Craig Kieswetter posted 100 for the fifth wicket.

Kieswetter then chipped back a chest-high catch to Tredwell to give the off-spinner final figures of 5-95, yet it proved the last meaningful action of the game.

Home skipper Key made his views clear on the situation when he brought himself on to bowl to take the wickets of Peter Trego for 37 and Ben Phillips as Kent ended the game with Joe Denly keeping wicket and Geraint Jones bowling.

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