Middlesex’s pursuit of victory over Somerset is confounded by weather

• Middlesex 283 & 132-6 dec; Somerset 197 & 147-7. Match drawn
• James Franklin unable to force result despite inventive captaincy

Against the will of the weather a game of cricket broke out at Merchant Taylors’ School which, having lost nearly 500 of its first 768 Championship overs, must rank as the most luckless county venue. Last season’s match between Middlesex and Sussex was completely washed out but, thanks to a lively pitch and some inventive captaincy from Middlesex’s James Franklin, 236.5 proved enough overs to take this game to the wire.

After a washed-out Monday and overnight rain, followed by an early-morning downpour and lunchtime drizzle (that gobbled up 22 more overs), a result – with 22 wickets standing – should have been beyond even the most willing captains and generous batsmen.

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