Warwickshire v Somerset, LV= County Championship
With just sixteen runs added in the morning session, Keith Barker produced a good delivery to remove Nick Compton courtesy of a Tim Ambrose catch and when Hildreth and Kieswetter followed to deliveries from Patel and then Barker that shattered their stumps, three wickets had fallen in twenty three balls.
Recordo Gordon collected his first and well deserved LVCC wicket when Dockrell gloved s short delivery to Ambrose.
Peter Trego then received a nasty bang on his hand and went soon after lunch to Patel for sixteen.
Varun Chopra took the new ball and then saw it crash round the ground as Barrow and Chawla added fifty five runs in ten overs before Patel returned and had Barrow caught at slip by Evans for thirty nine.
Patel then trapped Chawla lbw and Barker tidied up the innings when Thomas looped a catch to Patel with Somerset holding a one hundred and eighty eight run lead.
With forty nine overs available to make the runs and under the floodlights, Chopra and Westwood completed a century partnership before Kirby bowled Westwood for forty nine and then destroyed Javid’s stumps in the same over.
With the light deteriorating and rain threatening, Evans mistimed an attempted pull and Kieswetter took the catch off Thomas, but after Ambrose and Chopra, having completed his half century, had got the Bears to within sixty six runs of victory the light rain began to fall and the umpires brought the players off the field.
The rain soon stopped but the umpires ruled that despite the lights that continuing to play was dangerous and the match was drawn.
Laurie Evans and Ateeq Javid took their fourth wicket partnership on to 269 on the third morning before Trego trapped Evans lbw for 138 and with Warwickshire still fourteen runs away from matching Somerset’s total, Ambrose 12, followed in similar fashion to Thomas.
Rikki Clarke 1, was run out when Javid’s drive was deflected back into the stumps at the non strikers end and Clarke was out of his ground and then with a lead of just fourteen Javid’s innings came to a close for 133 when he edged Dockrell to Kieswetter.
Barker and Milnes followed to Dockrell who completed a five wicket haul, that became six when Patel was stumped to bring the innings to a close on 407 an overall lead of sixty seven, with Darren Maddy unbeaten on forty.
The last seven wickets fell for exactly 100 and when Compton and Trescothick began their careful response, they wiped out the deficit before Patel had Trescothick caught at slip by Clarke for twenty seven.
Compton completed his half century and with the close dawning, Jones 16 was run out by Clarke with just one over remaining in the day.
At stumps, Somerset were `133-2 with an overall lead of sixty six with Compton unbeaten on eighty three.
A day to remember for Ateeq Javid with his maiden first-class century and for Laurie Evans making his second century of the season saw Warwickshire close the second day just fifty seven runs behind Somerset with seven first innings wickets in hand.
This was in total contrast to the first session of the second day, when Warwickshire lost Ian Westwood to a good low catch by Kieswetter off Peter Trego and then George Dockrell chipped in with the wickets of night watchman Recordo Gordon for thirteen and Varun Chopra for seven.
At thirty eight for three, Evans and Javid came together in the twenty fifth over and by the close had shared in a superb unbroken fourth wicket partnership of two hundred and forty five runs to give the Bears hope of being able to force a victory over the final two days.
With Boyd Rankin and Chris Woakes absent on International duty, Warwickshire gave Recordo Gordon his LV=County Championship debut while also including Tom Milnes in the side to play Somerset.
They were further inconvenienced, when Jim Troughton declared himself unfit to play with a recurrence of his back problem, just before the start, requiring Darren Maddy to hastily race to the ground from Shrewsbury where he was coaching to take his place.
Keith Barker made an early strike when Nick Compton shouldered arms to a straight delivery and was lbw for six and soon afterwards, Jones 5, steered Tom Milnes shorter delivery into the hands of Jeetan Patel in the gulley. When Marcus Trescothick then edged Patel in his opening over, to a diving Rikki Clarke at slip, Somerset had lost three wickets for just sixty five runs in the twentieth over.
Kieswetter and Hildreth took Somerset through to lunch without further damage, but not before Hildreth had a lucky escape when returning a catch to Tom Milnes, but off a no-ball. At lunch Somerset were 107-3 and immediately after, Varun Chopra put down a regulation catch at slip off Clarke’s bowing to give Kieswetter a life on twenty two.
The sole success of the middle session came when Hildreth 33 edged Milnes to slip while Kieswetter took advantage of the Bears’ poor catching to survive a second chance, when substitute fielder Porterfield, on for Keith Barker who had limped off with a sore ankle, missed him and then two balls later Barrow was dropped by Milnes, with both chances depriving Recordo Gordon of a maiden Championship wicket.
Kieswetter completed his century, a third in Championship cricket against Warwickshire, while completing 5,000 first class runs along the way, before Somerset went to tea on 231-4 with Kieswetter 104* and Barrow 17*
After the break, the fifth wicket pair extended their partnership to one hundred and nineteen before Barrow was bowled for forty three by Patel and in the same over Trego ‘s loose drive was taken by Barker at mid on with Somerset 273-6.
After taking the second new ball Keith Barker finally broke through Kieswetter's defences, when he edged to Ambrose for one hundred and forty eight.
After Kieswetter’s departure the tail collapsed quickly to the new ball attack of Clarke and Barker who wrapped up the Somerset innings just before the close for 340 from 92.1 overs. Barker and Patel each took three wickets while Patel and Milnes took two apiece.
There was time for just one over from Dockrell as the light faded and Recordo Gordon took all six balls to play out a maiden.
A day of what might have been for Warwickshire had they held the catches offered.
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