Somerset Captain frustrated after draw

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No play was possible on the final day of Somerset’s Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

With Warwickshire on four without loss in pursuit of their target of 322 at the end of the second day, Somerset were the better placed of the two sides to claim victory. Unfortunately the weather was the only winner as no play was possible on the final two days.

Following the match Somerset Captain Chris Rogers said: “It was very disappointing.  On a wicket that was getting harder to bat on, we felt 320 was definitely a winning total.

“There were a few concerns about the pitch. The groundsman didn’t quite get it the way he wanted to, though I think they had a similar-looking wicket for their first game that didn’t play anywhere near as badly.

“I have played on some excellent wickets here so this was different, but fortunately there were no real incidents.”

Despite the frustration of not being able to press home a victory, Rogers was pleased with his side’s performance. Having spent most of their first three drawn games on the back foot, this time they held the initiative.  “The innings from Tom Abell and Peter Trego were outstanding,” he said. “They really gave us momentum and, particularly when you are playing a good side, if a couple of guys step up and lead from the front, it carries through the rest of the team.

“I think we bowled really well, pitched the ball up and challenged the batsmen and got our rewards. Everyone who got the ball in their hand did a really good job.”

Somerset take 10 points from the match and Warwickshire 8 points.

Reflecting on the game Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Of course it was frustrating for us but sadly we can’t control the weather and we had got ourselves into a very good position before the rain came down.  It wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on and the batting of Tom Abell and Pete Trego along with James Hildreth, plus a couple of partnerships lower in the order in our first innings allowed us to put a really good score on the board.”

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“We followed that up with very disciplined bowling and to get a lead of 140 odd was an excellent effort.  We got ahead in the game which was the challenge to the players before the match.  If the rain hadn’t washed out the last two days then we would have hoped to have got a victory from this game.”

Matt added: “The boys are in good spirits and the way we played at Edgbaston will stand us in good stead ahead of Yorkshire.”