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August 28, 2003
On the first day of this match, the wicket had a green look to it that suggested it might have offered something to the bowlers. On the third day, Somerset racked up the highest score against Hampshire in the County Championship since 1909!
But, the Somerset supporters have endured as tough a season as their Hampshire counterparts and they were still unhappy despite watching Ian Blackwell smash a career best 189 (211 balls, 32 fours and two sixes) as their side declared on a mammoth 705-9.
For, once again on the picturesque Taunton ground, the most likely result tomorrow, barring a batting collapse that is by no means a far-removed hope when it comes to Hampshire, is a dull if high-scoring draw.
Resuming on 338-4, Tom Webley (59), Blackwell, Aaron Laraman (52) and Rob Turner (67 not out) all enjoyed themselves on the placid wicket as the Hampshire bowlers all toiled - and, for what must be a record, all five front line bowlers conceded a century of runs. Only Chris Tremlett with four wickets came away with any kind of satisfaction.
It was another desperately hard day in the field for Hampshire as Somerset continued unrepentantly to the tune of 367 runs in only 72 overs.
Bad light prevented an immediate response to the Hampshire second innings but it did brighten sufficiently for eight balls to be bowled from which James Adams hit a four.
Still 306 runs behind, it is going to take a good batting performance to save the game. And on this wicket, it should be achieved. It should!
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