Middlesex forced to settle for weather-hit draw against Somerset

County Championship Division One, Lord's

Somerset 173 & 227-7dec drew with Middlesex 364-3dec

Middlesex 10pts, Somerset 4pts

Match scorecard

Luckless Middlesex were denied by the weather at Lord's as they were forced to settle for a draw against Somerset.

After a start delayed for 75 minutes, Middlesex declared at their overnight total of 364-3, setting Somerset 191 to avoid an innings defeat.

Victory looked on at one stage when the visitors slumped to 113-5.

But Nick Compton batted through for 69, aided by Peter Trego (50) and unbroken eighth-wicket partner Alfonso Thomas (39no) as Somerset closed on 227-7.

In the end, Middlesex got through 68.5 overs, with only one more brief, four-over break for rain.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Middlesex acting skipper Chris Rogers:

"I don't know exactly how much time we lost to rain but it was a lot and it did hurt us. We probably only played half the game and we nearly won.

"I look back at the first game that we played against Somerset at Taunton and we got caught on the hop a little bit. I think we were a little bit apprehensive about the opposition in this competition and Vernon Philander was a huge factor.

"But we've completely outplayed them in this game and we completely outplayed Sussex too, so we're really happy where we're sitting. It's a fantastic effort from the boys. Hopefully we can carry it on to the Twenty20."