Warwickshire v Somerset: Bears denied by bad light
|LV CC Division One, Edgbaston|
|Somerset 340 & 255 drew with Warwickshire 407 & 123-3|
|Warwickshire 9pts, Somerset 7pts,|
Warwickshire had to settle for a draw against Somerset after poor weather forced the players off with the Bears 66 runs short of their target.
Chasing 187 to win in 49 overs, Ian Westwood (49) and Varun Chopra (55 not out) shared 101 for the first wicket.
But rain and bad light at Edgbaston brought about a premature end to the match with 18 overs still to play.
Earlier, Jeetan Patel took 5-67 as Somerset slipped to 255 all out, Nick Compton top-scoring with 91.
The visitors had been in a relatively comfortable position at the start of the day, resuming on 133-2 with the in-form Compton and nightwatchman George Dockrell at the crease.
But after the former was dismissed by Keith Barker (3-71), Somerset lost regular wickets and, even with Alex Barrow's patient 39, they looked to be heading for a fifth defeat of the County Championship season.
Westwood and Chopra got the Warwickshire chase off to a flier and, although three wickets for nine runs slowed their progress, they were strong favourites for victory before the weather intervened.