County Championship: Somerset-Worcs washed out on last day

Taunton in the rain
Only 179.4 overs of cricket were possible throughout the four scheduled days at Taunton
LV= County Championship Division One, Taunton
Somerset 565-5 dec: Hildreth 220 not out, Trego 130 not out, Trescothick 85; Shantry 2-84
Worcestershire 172-4: Whiteley 78 not out, Cox 52 not out; Gregory 2-61
No play on final day - match drawn
Somerset 11 pts, Worcestershire 6 pts
Match scorecardexternal-link

The badly rain-affected County Championship match between Somerset and Worcestershire came to a predictable watery end at lunchtime on the final day at Taunton.

After three rain-hit days, a total wash out on day four led to the game finishing in a draw.

Worcestershire drop into the bottom two in the Division One table as they only took one bonus point from the game.

Relegation rivals Sussex, who drew with Yorkshire, move above them.

The final countdown at the wrong end of the table
1-4 September: Durham v Hampshire, Worcestershire v Sussex, Yorkshire v Somerset
9-12 September: Somerset v Hampshire
14-17 September: Durham v Worcestershire, Hampshire v Yorkshire, Sussex v Somerset
22-25 September: Notts v Hampshire, Somerset v Warwickshire, Worcestershire v Middlesex, Yorkshire v Sussex

Eighth-placed Worcestershire now trail seventh-placed Sussex by four points going into next week's potentially crucial meeting between the two sides at New Road.

Sixth-placed Somerset are a further nine points better off than Sussex and have a game in hand on both their main relegation rivals.

Division One leaders Yorkshire could yet have a major say in the final outcome, as the reigning county champions still have to play Somerset, bottom club Hampshire and Sussex.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"The highlight for me was the wonderful partnership between Ben Cox and Ross Whiteley.

"They both played very well, batting at a very awkward time, especially on Saturday when the Somerset bowlers had their tails up.

"It was very positive and very forthright and, if you look at the progress of both players this season, we can take a lot from it."