Durham 237 and 489 for 6 drew with Somerset 610 for 6 dec

A superb century by Durham's Ben Stokes denied Somerset victory in their County Championship match at Chester-le-Street. The 19-year-old left-hander contributed 120 to a stand of 170 with Dale Benkenstein, who resisted for 207 minutes to make 66.

When Steve Kirby removed both Benkenstein and Ian Blackwell in mid-afternoon a Somerset win was still possible, but after two-and-a-half days in the field without a recognised spinner they were a spent force. Phil Mustard and Scott Borthwick shared an unbroken stand of 73 and with Durham on 489 for 6, 116 ahead after being asked to follow on, hands were shaken on a draw at the start of what would have been the final hour.

Only three wickets fell on the final day - and only 22 in total over the four days - on a placid pitch on which Somerset made 610 for 6 declared batting first. Durham needed a further 146 runs to avoid an innings defeat at the start of the day, but Stokes raced from 6 to 86 in the morning session.

When the new ball was taken in the day's second over he drove Gemaal Hussain's opening delivery to the cover boundary and a straight-driven four followed in the same over. When Somerset turned to the slow left-arm of Arul Suppiah he was driven for two huge sixes in the space of three balls.

Stokes hit 10 fours in his 59-ball half-century and a back-foot four through the covers off Suppiah took him to his century. Durham were 11 runs in front when he drove outside off stump at Charl Willoughby and got an inside edge into his stumps.

Benkenstein was on 52 at the time - his sixth half-century in nine innings - and on 58 he survived a confident appeal for caught behind off Kirby. He finally edged the same bowler to first slip, then Blackwell, again batting with a runner, survived a chance to Willoughby at mid-on off a miscued pull.

But later in the same Kirby over he sliced a drive to gully to depart for 18. Durham led by only 43 at the time, but with his senior bowlers on their knees, Marcus Trescothick had to turn to youngsters Lewis Gregory and Alex Barrow in the final session. They were unable to make a breakthrough as Mustard made his way comfortably to 43, with Borthwick on 28 at the close.