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Langer ton inspires Somerset draw

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Taunton
Somerset v Durham
28 April - 1 May

Match Drawn. Durham 543, Somerset 69 and 485-5(Durham 12 pts, Somerset 2 pts)


Justin Langer
Justin Langer's match-saving innings was his 85th ton in first-class cricket

Somerset skipper Justin Langer led the way as one of three centurions as the hosts completed a memorable draw with Durham at Taunton.

Bowled out for just 69 on Wednesday in response to Durham's massive 543, Somerset looked like suffering a heavy home defeat.

But Langer (122no), Craig Kieswetter (106) and Marcus Trescothick (105) inspired the resistance.

Durham's first innings six-wicket hero Graham Onions took just one scalp.

Onions, who had routed Somerset in the first innings to take 6-31, finished with 1-110 from 29 overs, while England discard Steve Harmison enjoyed no success, with 0-100 from 27.

The final day began with Somerset on 178-1, with Trescothick and James Hildreth well set on 90 and 52 respectively.

Trescothick moved quickly to his hundred, off 159 balls, with 17 fours and a six.

But a healthy 200-1 then became a more worrying 242-4 when the former England opener fenced at Onions and was caught at first slip, Hildreth edged Callum Thorp onto his stumps and Zander de Bruyn was caught behind.

JUSTIN LANGER
Born Perth, 21/11/1970
Played the last of his 105 Tests for Australia after completing the series whitewash against England in January 2007
Was one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year in 2001

On 255-4 at lunch and still 221 adrift, Durham looked favourites. But it is notoriously difficult to bowl sides out on day four at Taunton.

Langer was already well set on 24 and, along with Kieswetter, by the time an early tea came because of bad light, Somerset had progressed to 405-4.

There was a further delay for rain before Kieswetter returned to complete an elegant century off 108 balls, with 14 fours and 2 sixes - the young keeper's third ton of the season, two of them in the Championship.

He eventually fell to a catch behind off Somerset old boy Ian Blackwell. But Langer proved typically rock-like in leading his side to safety.

His 85th first-class century occupied 177 balls, with 13 fours and a six and, by the end, he had batted for four hours and 41 minutes.



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