CRICKET: Lancashire remain winless as Somerset hold on for draw

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Lancashire were left frustrated as they drew their Specsavers County Championship match against Somerset on Monday at Emirates Old Trafford.

Somerset began the final day on 51-0 trailing by 12 and knew that they needed to bat for a long period to set a reasonable target.

The hosts got off to a good start on the final day as Renshaw fell to Matt Parkinson as the Australian chipped the spinner to Tom Bailey at mid-on.

Three overs later, George Bartlett, the centurion in the first innings, fell cheaply for 6 to leave the visitors on 67-2. Lancashire only needed eight more wickets at this point.

James Hildreth joined Steve Davies and the pair steadied things as Steve Davies passed 50. His knock included seven boundaries.

Shortly after passing 50, he added a boundary before falling to Matt Parkinson for 54 to leave his side on 113-3.

11 balls later, James Hildreth fell for 26 as Somerset found themselves 120-4 and the hosts found themselves back in the match.

Matt Parkinson celebrates Credit: Lancs CCC

Lewis Gregory and Tom Abell then needed a big partnership but could only manage 23 between them as Lancashire searched for their first victory of the season.

Abell and Overton were only able to add a couple more before Abell fell to Parkinson for 13.

Overton was defiant as Jack Leach joined him. The pair added 52 before tea and all of a sudden, the draw looked definite.

In the evening session, Jack Leach surpassed his highest first-class score before he was cleaned up by Parkinson for 66.

Parkinson claimed his second five wicket-haul in first-class cricket as he finished with figures of 5-101 in the innings and 8-181 in the match.

Matt Parkinson Credit: Lancs CCC

After the game the leg-spinner was pleased with his performance and said: “It was nice for me to be landing the ball well and when I got those two wickets together that was when we had our best chance of rolling them over. I was very pleased with how I went today.”

Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple also made comment on the performance: “The bowler’s effort levels in this match were tremendous. That’s what you ask for day in, day out

“Coming in this morning you could tell the lads were all geared up for winning the game, and they left nothing out on pitch.

“Last week’s effort against Surrey was very high quality, and we bowled well this game. There were small areas where we could have pressed a bit better but you can’t take anything away from the effort.”

Lancashire travel to Trent Bridge on Friday to play Division One leaders Nottinghamshire in the Specsavers County Championship.

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