Chris Rogers on Durham draw

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Our opening Specsavers County Championship Division One match of the season against Durham at Emirates Riverside was abandoned as a draw after play was not possible on the final two days due to poor weather.

Shortly after the abandonment new Somerset Captain Chris Rogers gave his thoughts on the game: “I thought that we were slightly off the pace and we came up against a pretty tough challenge in an away match at Durham as the first game of the season,” he said.  “We were probably disappointing with the new ball when we had the chance and that is crucial up at Durham.  Then we lost wickets in clusters and we were under pressure.

“There are a few things to work on, but there are a lot of really good signs and I thought that our attitude was excellent.  We kept fighting and fielded really well.  We bowled well at times and also showed that we bat deep, so there are a lot of good positives but equally there are some areas we do need to improve.”

Was Chris happy to settle for a draw given the state of the game at the end of day two?  “Knowing that we were behind we knew that we were going to have a really tough challenge against two of the best bowlers in the competition coming hard at us,” he said.  “However, it’s also a missed opportunity because we might have been given a total to chase down and the wicket was getting better.”

Chris added: “Overall we will be happy to take the points and move on without too much damage and knowing that we can improve.”

No play was possible yesterday due to rain and at 11:15 this morning the umpires made their inspection and decided that there is no prospect of any play today either.

After electing to bowl first Somerset limited the home side to 256 all out with Lewis Gregory taking four for 58.  In reply Somerset were dismissed for 179 of which Peter Trego scored 45.  Batting for the second time Durham reached 223 for four at the close of day two with Keaton Jennings making his second hundred of the match.

Unfortunately no further play was possible and Somerset take eight points from the match and Durham ten.