Somerset remain winless after Durham draw

County Championship Division One, Taunton
Close, day four: Somerset 458 & 288-8, Durham 493
Somerset 9pts, Durham 9pts
Match scorecard

Somerset are still looking for their first win of the County Championship season after drawing with Durham.

The match had looked destined for a draw before the start of play on day four and that was how it proved to be.

England opener Nick Compton could only follow up his first innings 166 with 18, while Alex Barrow hit a career-best 83 not out as Somerset reached 288-8.

The Durham attack took regular wickets, with Graham Onions (2-33) returning the best figures, but a win was never on.

Somerset are one of three sides, along with Derbyshire and Surrey, in Division One still searching for their first victory of the campaign.


BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson:

"The 21-year-old Barrow came of age in his cricketing life today with a career best 83 not out which effectively saved the game for Somerset."

"In partnerships of 56 with Dean Elgar and 83 with Peter Trego he carried his side to safety after they had been in serious danger of another demoralising defeat at 79-4.

"Durham bowled well but not quite well enough on a wicket that stayed flat until the end."

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"Durham did everything they could to try and win this, but on a fairly sedate track it was always going to be a tall order on the final day. Had this been a five-day Test maybe that might have offered enough time.

"Just before lunch there was a glimmer of hope with Somerset on 79-4 having lost James Hildreth for one. They were only 44 ahead at that point. But the wickets which followed in the afternoon did not come quick enough and, thanks to Alex Barrow's career-best 83 not out, Somerset were comfortably in front by 231 runs when the players shook hands on a draw.

"The good thing is Durham have not lost ground on those above them."

Match scorecard