LV County Championship - Division One
Worcestershire 571 (D K H Mitchell 298, D A Wheeldon 87, O B Cox 61) v Somerset 280 (M E Trescothick 72) & 523-8 (Z de Bruyn 106, C Kieswetter 90, B J Phillips 84, A V Suppiah 83, J L Langer 64, A C Thomas 54 no, G M Andrew 5-117)
Somerset (8pts) drew with Worcestershire (12pts)
Somerset batted throughout the final day against Hampshire at Taunton to secure their 12th draw from 16 LV County Championship matches this season.
Zander de Bruyn made 106 against his former county and, coupled with half-centuries from Craig Kieswetter, Ben Phillips and Alfonso Thomas, allowed Somerset - who had followed-on the previous day - to finish on 523-8 in their second innings.
Resuming on the final morning 88 behind overall at 203-4, De Bruyn and Kieswetter extended their fifth-wicket alliance to 167 to take the hosts back into credit.
Pears seamer Gareth Andrew, playing against his former employers, removed Kieswetter 10 short of a fifth championship century of the season - the start of a collapse that saw Somerset slip from 342-4 to 398-7.
De Bruyn brought up his first championship hundred in 2009 from 151 balls, including 12 fours a six, but fell to Jack Shantry (1-61) shortly afterwards as Worcestershire pressed for the their first win of a miserable campaign.
It was not to be, however, as Phillips and Thomas (54no) crafted a 125-run stand for the eighth wicket to take their side to safety.
Yeovil-born Andrew completed figures of 5-117 with the wicket of Phillips, caught by Vikram Solanki at first slip for 84, and a draw was agreed shortly afterwards with Somerset 232 ahead.
The result brings an end to Somerset's Division One campaign and they must now wait to find out if they have done enough to secure second place in the final table.
The Cidermen finish with 182 points but both Nottinghamshire (173) and Warwickshire (171) have one game remaining to overhaul that total.
It was also Justin Langer's final championship appearance after three years as captain, the Western Australian having earlier revealed he will not be returning to Taunton next season.
Already-relegated Worcestershire have just one chance left to break their season-long victory drought, against champions Durham at New Road (Sep 23-26).
Relegated Worcestershire continued to dominate Somerset on day three of their Division One match in Taunton - one that likely represents Justin Langer's last in first class cricket.
The former Australia opener, who has indicated that this will be his last season as a player, made 64 after Worcestershire enforced the follow on having earlier dismissing them for 280.
Langer's hopes of an 87th first-class century ended when he fell to a sharp catch at backward point by Moeen Ali off Gareth Andrew.
The departing Somerset captain gave a wave of the bat as he left the ground, although his side were by that stage 163-3 in their second innings and in deep trouble.
They had started the day 184-3 in their first innings but managed to lose 11 wickets on a blameless pitch.
Somerset were reduced to 203-4 by the close - 88 runs behind, with Arul Suppiah top-scoring with 83 and Marcus Trescothick dismissed for only his second duck of the season.
Matt Mason finished with 3-60 and Andrew 3-75 as Worcestershire found themselves in with a great chance of recording their first and only Championship victory of the summer.
Marcus Trescothick celebrated his elevation to the Somerset captaincy with an innings of 72 on day two of the LV County Championship Division One match against Worcestershire at Taunton.
Trescothick, confirmed as Justin Langer's successor for next season earlier in the day, took his season's tally to 1,817 as Somerset reached 184-3 in reply to Worcestershire's 571 by stumps.
He shared a 98-run, second-wicket stand with Langer - whose 46 could be his last four-day innings for the county - although both fell before the close with Somerset still 387 behind.
Earlier, Daryl Mitchell had added 66 to his overnight score before being dismissed for 298 as Worcestershire drove home their first-day advantage.
Mitchell was seventh out, bowled by medium pacer Peter Trego (3-89) tantalisingly short of a maiden triple century, as the already-relegated Pears eventually succumbed for 571.
The right-handed opener's epic 380-ball innings spanned more than eight hours and featured 54 fours and a six. He obliterated his previous best score of 140 in the process.
Daryl Mitchell put a big dent in Somerset's hopes of finishing as runners-up in the County Championship as the Worcestershire batsman blazed a maiden double century at Taunton.
Mitchell was given a life as he was dropped on 28 by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter, but took full advantage as he reached 232 not out by the close - an innings that included a six and 45 fours.
He was ably assisted by youngster David Wheeldon who chipped in with an unbeaten 87 and with whom he shared a record fifth wicket stand of 217 against Somerset.
Having opted to go with an all-seam attack - all-rounder Arul Suppiah providing their only spin option - the hosts toiled in the field for little reward as their relegated opponents reached 408-4 by the close.
Charl Willoughby and David Stiff did pick up a couple of wickets apiece for Somerset, but could do nothing to stop the increasingly rapid flow of runs from Mitchell and Wheeldon.
Indeed, Somerset had no answer to stem the flow of runs and looked anything but a top of the table side - if they do slip down it will be damage done on their home pitches which will have proved their undoing.