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Marcus must be beginning to think what does he need to do to beat us.  Even a big century from him this time was not enough.  Durham once again pulled off another great escape, with his team no doubt feeling slightly robbed yet again.  This happened at the same venue last year, that time denying Somerset the Championship title.

Nick Compton must feel a little like that too.  He scored his personal best of 254 not out in this match.

Nick’s last personal best was in 2006, when he played against us for Middlesex at Lord’s.  Again a match that ended in a draw.

And so the great escape again, again with no rain!  And on Friday the 13th too!

Rack up as many big centuries as you like against us….but you need to take 20 wickets to win!

…Not us, not this time.

It is the last match round of this years County Championship.  By this time last year we had won, unbeaten all year with two matches in hand. But this year is more like 2008, down to the wire.  Nottingham the leaders, slipped up and left us as Champions on the last day of that season.

The Championship really is the finest cricket on offer, especially in it’s first Division – there have been some stunning matches this season, many with exciting tight finishes.  If there have been draws it has often been because of weather affecting the match, batting out for a draw has been very rare this year.  Not being able to use the heavy roller and a points system favouring wins have forced competitive play.  This has been a hard fought competition without dead matches.

This year Nottingham, Somerset and Yorkshire are all in contention to win, the weather is out there too.  Notts have a slender lead, their fate is in their hands, but any slip up and less than full bonus points…..  Even the media are interested – Sky will actually broadcast live Championship action, they have chosen the Notts match.  Notts have buckled before, they did in 2008.   BBC radio are doing coverage of all four division 1 matches, the website is providing live text cometary too – all go!

Yorkshire play Kent – who will look for a good win to save them from relegation, meaning that the Hampshire Warwickshire clash cannot afford to be complacent.

We have our part to play – Somerset will need a win and all the bonus points they can take from us.  But we have players conscious of contract negotiations, we are at home and there is some rain forecast…

It is going to be an exciting end to a fantastic season.