Somerset v Worcestershire, Taunton, 2nd day September 12, 2012

Compton gives England reminder

Somerset 451 for 7 (Trescothick 146, Compton 114*) lead Worcestershire 212 (Rehman 9-65) by 239 runs

Nick Compton boosted his chances of England selection with a timely century as Somerset tightened their grip on Worcestershire at Taunton.

The leading run-maker in first class cricket this summer was returning to action after a back problem but it did not show as he hit an unbeaten 114 in a Somerset total which also featured 146 from Marcus Trescothick. That gave the hosts a lead of 239 with two days to go and took Compton's first-class tally for the season to 1,453 runs at an average of 96.86.

Somerset began the day on 142 without loss in reply to 212 and soon lost Arul Suppiah, caught and bowled by Moeen Ali for 75 off a checked drive, having added only two to his overnight score. Trescothick had resumed on 66 and after surviving some scares against Alan Richardson, who bowled beautifully without luck before lunch, moved to his century off 187 balls with 13 fours.

Lunch was taken at 227 for 1 and the pitch inspector who had stayed on after Abdur Rehman's nine-wicket first-day haul, was able to abandon any thought that the wicket was unduly spinner-friendly.

Trescothick and Compton had taken the total to 307 when Trescothick edged to second slip to at last give 37-year-old Richardson some reward for his efforts. Trescothick's innings had spanned 260 balls and, while not one of his most fluent, was hugely important for his team as they chase runners-up spot in the Championship for only the third time in their history, having never won it.

Richardson continued to bowl with great heart and gained thoroughly deserved lbw verdicts against James Hildreth (19) and Chris Jones (one) on his way to figures of 3 for 65 from 35 overs as Somerset moved to 343 for 4.

Compton had moments of fortune, but again displayed his powers of concentration in moving to his 16th first-class hundred off 248 deliveries, with nine fours and a straight six off Moeen.

With Somerset already 131 ahead when he walked to the crease, Peter Trego was able to enjoy himself with a rapid 45 off as many balls, with five fours and two sixes before being bowled by a slower ball from Chris Russell.

Craig Overton and Steve Snell fell cheaply to Moeen, but there was no disturbing Compton, who has now scored 239 more first-class runs than his nearest challenger in the averages, Hildreth with 1,214, despite playing in three less matches than his Somerset team-mate.

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  • Nicholas on September 13, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    (From a Lancashire fan) Nick Compton ... 1500 runs at 99.6 Those figures just do not lie. The next highest 1st class average is 60 (Kieswetter) then 52 (Hildreth) ... yes I have noticed they're all Somerset! NC's figures can only be described as 'Bradmanesque'. If he isn't chosen for England, then the selectors would be better off running a whelk stall. Sheer weight of runs trumps all other arguments. When you are meausurably, 60% better than every other candidate...then there is only one answer!

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Pity Trescothick declared as Compton (hilton college south africa) only neede another 6 runs not out to have a season average of 100.00. Did you check that Marcus??

  • Satish on September 13, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Compton making things tougher and tougher for the selectors to reject him. It happened with Bopara and now happening with James Taylor - the chance after they drained out their best form. Hope it wouldn't be the case with Compton. Even if it comes in India - Ask your captain he will say how good a tough tour can make a player.

  • John on September 12, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Decent day for Somerset. Great inns from Tres and Nick and a nice little cameo from Trego to push the game forward. Big kudos to Nick on his 1st game back. I just hope that our biggest enemy (the weather) doesn't interveen in our push for 2nd place.

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