Rain proves a pain for Compton
Somerset batsman Nick Compton’s bid to enter the record books was wrecked by the weather in the LV= County Championship Division One clash with Worcestershire at New Road.
Needing 59 to become the first player in 24 years to reach 1,000 runs by the end of May, he had made only nine from 22 balls when light rain set in with Somerset 27 for two in reply to Worcestershire’s 340.
Compton looked cool and composed when he went to the middle at 2:05pm, with David Lucas fired up after having Alex Barrow caught behind.
Worcestershire’s left-arm paceman welcomed Compton with a bouncer, but, in his following over, the most prolific batsman in the county game this season confidently drove a boundary past extra cover.
Somerset also lost Arul Suppiah, the opener tamely pulling Richard Jones to square-leg before the umpires took the players off the field at 2:36pm.
Cruelly for Compton, with his total on 950 runs from 13 innings, he could only watch from the balcony for three hours as the drizzle wiped out 53 overs on the last day of the month.
It was doubly frustrating after everything had gone according to plan in the morning.
The ever-willing Peter Trego led the way as Somerset captured the home side’s last seven wickets for the addition of 70, but not before Vikram Solanki completed his first hundred of the season.
Over the years, Trego has often reminded Worcestershire what they missed after he played in their successful team in the Second XI Trophy final against Essex in 2004.
Now, as he approaches his 31st birthday, he is a dependable, hard-working seam bowler who has propped up an injury-hit attack this summer with 31 championship wickets.
A sustained spell of 3-19 in 10 overs gave Trego a full return of 5-75 from 37 overs, although the day began with the paceman frustrated after umpire Trevor Jesty turned down an lbw appeal against Solanki.
Trego’s mood was not helped when Solanki pulled and drove him for boundaries as he moved to a century that included 13 fours and a six.
However, on reaching 302, Worcestershire suffered a major collapse.
Trego reacted quickly at second slip to take James Cameron’s edge off Alfonso Thomas and then fired in a yorker to bowl Solanki for 106.
Matt Pardoe, lbw playing across the line, and Lucas, comprehensively bowled, became further victims for Trego, with other wickets falling to left-arm spinner George Dockrell and the Overton twins, Craig and Jamie.