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A season's best 98 from Vince Wells, Leicestershire captain could not prevent a draw against Somerset in the County Championship Division One match at Taunton. 140 overs were lost to weather on the first two days, thereby ensuring that the game would end in a draw - the seventh on this ground in as many games this season.
Resuming on the final day at 233 for 4, Leicestershire ended their innings at 470 all out in 122.2 overs. The fifth wicket stand between Wells and Aftab Habib (72) produced 141 when Habib was out to Jason Kerr. Then Wells got out to Kerr, two runs short of his century.
Two balls later Philip DeFreitas (0) got an inside edge to Kerr and was out caught behind. Jon Dakin (16) and Neil Burns (57) batted till lunch. Finally Anil Kumble (35) and Burns put on a ninth wicket partnership of 84 which enabled Leicestershire to obtain maximum batting points before they departed in quick succession. Kerr was Somerset's successful bowler taking 4 for 97 in 23 overs.
With 59 runs behind and 43 overs to see out, Somerset lost Mark Lathwell (7) and Turner (3) and were 21 for 2. Then Jamie Cox (40 not out) and Peter Bowler (27 not out) took the score to 90 for 2 in 27 overs when the game was called off.
The 12 points gained by Somerset virtually assured them of First Division status next season, while Leicestershire's 11 elevates them to third position - seven points in front of Yorkshire who have a game in hand.
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Wells' season best score cannot prevent draw against Somerset
A season's best 98 from Vince Wells, Leicestershire captain could not prevent a draw against Somerset in the County Championship Division One match at Taunton
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Somerset's final home game of the season drifted to an inevitable draw, as both they and Leicestershire counted the cost of 140 overs lost on the first two days
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