Somerset v Derbyshire: Final-day showdown for strugglers

Ben Slater
LV CC Division One, Taunton
Close, day three: Somerset 103 & 438, Derbyshire 298 & 127-4
Somerset 3pt, Derbyshire 5pts
Match scorecard

Ben Slater's half century has helped set up an intriguing final day between Division One strugglers Somerset and Derbyshire at Taunton.

After beginning day three with a lead of 36 runs on 231-4, Nick Compton (95) and Lewis Gregory (52) lifted Somerset to 438 all out.

Chasing 244 to win, Slater (59) gave Derbyshire a solid start.

But two late wickets for Piyush Chawla (2-46) saw the visitors close on 127-4, needing another 117 runs for victory.

Fellow spinner Jack Leach took 2-23 on a pitch offering considerable turn and lift.

West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul remains unbeaten on 20 and he could still prove crucial for Derbyshire.

Match scorecard