Rain rules at New Road

Worcestershire struggle before weather intervenes

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Rain rules at New Road

Mitchell: Led the way for the Pears

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Friends Provident Trophy - South/West Division
New Road
Worcestershire 154-8 v Somerset
No result - one point each

Somerset were denied the chance to chase down Worcestershire's total of 154-8 as rain ruined the Friends Provident Trophy clash at New Road.

The Pears struggled for runs after being put into bat by visiting skipper Justin Langer, Daryl Mitchell top-scoring with an unbeaten 48.

His 70-ball innings, which included four fours and followed up his 63 against Gloucestershire last Sunday, helped the hosts recover from 55-5.

After a brief rain delay 3.5 overs into the match, Somerset's bowlers took control, Steffan Jones and fellow paceman Charl Willoughby both picking up two wickets apiece.

When Stephen Moore failed to get off the mark before he went lbw to Ben Phillips, Worcestershire had lost their top five cheaply.

Gareth Batty helped add 41 in 11 overs with Mitchell before becoming one of two victims in one over from part-time medium pacer James Hildreth.

Mitchell and Gareth Andrew, playing against his former county, shared a partnership worth 46 and it was not long after the end of their eighth-wicket alliance that the heavens opened, forcing the umpires to end the contest early.

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