Lancashire-Somerset: Rain wrecks contest at Aigburth
|County Championship Division One, Liverpool|
|Match Drawn. Lancashire 185 & 242, Somerset 149 & 93-3|
|Lancashire 6pts, Somerset 6pts|
Heavy lunchtime rain scuppered what had promised to be a fascinating final afternoon at Aigburth as Lancashire's County Championship Division One match against Somerset ended in a draw.
The thunderstorm saturated the outfield and despite waiting until teatime to make a final inspection, umpires Neil Hartley and Nigel Llong had no option.
After resuming on 22-1 chasing 279 to win, Somerset had reached 93-3.
The visitors added 71 for the loss of Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreth.
Trescothick, dropped by Paul Horton off Glen Chapple when he had made 12, also survived a huge appeal for a catch at the wicket off the Lancashire skipper.
But Chapple eventually trapped his opposite number lbw on 27 and Hildreth edged Kyle Hogg to slip, where Andrea Agathangelou marked his championship debut with a fine diving catch.
At that stage the game was tantalisingly poised but half an hour's torrential rain was enough to leave puddles on parts of the Liverpool outfield and end the entertainment.
Both teams take six points from the game, an outcome which does little to ease Lancashire's relegation worries or boost Somerset's chances of catching Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Sussex at the top of the Division One table.
The result leaves Lancashire nine points clear of the relegation zone but they have played two matches more than eighth-placed Worcestershire.
Chapple's team are currently joint sixth, level on points with Surrey, who have played one game more.
Somerset are fourth but will not have given up hope of winning the title for the first time in their history.