Sorry Somerset slip into Division One relegation positions
Somerset’s chances of avoiding relegation from County Championship Division One took what could prove to be a terminal blow when bad light halted their efforts to bowl out Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Friday.
After being set 189 to win, Warwickshire made a flying start with a stand of 101 by Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood but Somerset hit back before the weather closed to leave the hosts on 123 for three and needing 66 from 18 overs.
The floodlights were already on when Steve Kirby interrupted Warwickshire’s charge by bowling Westwood (49) and Ateeq Javid in six balls.
Although Somerset were a bowler short because of an injury to Peter Trego, they made another breakthrough when Alfonso Thomas had Laurie Evans caught behind for a duck, leaving Chopra unbeaten on 55 when the game was abandoned as a draw.
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Somerset drop into the bottom two after Derbyshire’s win against Middlesex.
Earlier in the day, Warwickshire dismissed Somerset for 255 in their second innings, with New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel taking five for 67.
Somerset lost three top-order wickets in the first hour. Nick Compton added only two fours before he was given out for a high-quality 91.
Patel and Keith Barker made further inroads, successively rearranging leg stump and off stump, as James Hildreth and Craig Kieswetter shuffled off in the space of seven balls.
Nightwatchman George Dockrell stayed for almost 90 minutes but, when he gloved a catch, Somerset were only 103 ahead. It was another gritty innings by Alex Barrow that significantly delayed Warwickshire. With 82 runs in the match, he more than justified his recall after successive hundreds for the second XI and two fifties for his club, Bath.
Trego, despite damaging his right hand, and Piyush Chawla assisted Barrow in adding 78 runs before Patel and Barker ended the resistance.