LV County Championship - Division One
Horsham - Day Four
Sussex 419 (M W Goodwin 137, M H Yardy 68, C J Adams 61) & 264-5 dec (M J Prior 73, M H Yardy 68) v Somerset 348 (M E Trescothick 92, Z de Bruyn 77, J C Hildreth 61) & 128-2 (J L Langer 50)
Sussex (12pts) drew with Somerset (10pts)
Somerset were comfortable enough as they batted out a draw with Sussex at Horsham by reaching 128-2 with a half-century from skipper Justin Langer.
Sussex declared overnight on 264-5 and set about trying to claim the ten Somerset wickets they needed for victory, and they did get rid of Marcus Trescothick early when he went for 13 with the score on 24.
Langer and Zander De Bruyn compiled 83 runs for the second wicket though, and by the time the Australian went for exactly 50 the draw was essentially sealed.
James Hildreth came in and made eight runs as De Bruyn finished with 48 not out from 98 deliveries when the draw was called.
A quick-fire 73 from Matt Prior helped Sussex amass a 335-run lead over Somerset at stumps on day three.
Resuming the day on 253-4, Somerset could only muster a further 95 runs - falling 61 runs short of the hosts imposing first innings total of 419.
Corey Collymore took two key wickets as Stefan Jones (25) was the only Somerset batsman to offer any stubborn resistance on a day completely dominated by the hosts.
Michael Yardy then piled further misery on the visitors as he struck a measured 68 at the top of the order before being run out.
Prior then took up the mantle in a 94-run partnership with captain Chris Adams as Sussex stepped up the run-rate before the close of play.
The former England gloveman eventually fell after edging to Chris Kieswetter off the bowling of Jones for a 76-ball 73, including 13 fours.
Adams remains unbeaten on 44, as he and Chris Hopkinson (8no) prepare to return to the middle on Saturday looking to add quick runs before an imminent declaration.
Marcus Trescothick missed out on a third championship century of the season as Somerset made steady inroads into Sussex's first innings total of 419.
The former England opener fell eight short of the milestone just before tea, edging Robin Martin-Jenkins to Matt Prior, who took a diving catch to his left.
Trescothick had put on second-wicket stand of 141 in 27 overs with Zander De Bruyn (77) - the latter bowled by an inswinger from left-armer Jason Lewry having hit 13 boundaries.
Somerset had lost skipper Justin Langer for 15 off the last ball before lunch when he played on to Martin-Jenkins, this after Sussex had moved their overnight score on from 382 for six before being bowled out after just over an hour's play.
Pace-bowler Steffan Jones sent back Carl Hopkinson (42) and Martin-Jenkins in quick succession and Peter Trego polished off the innings by removing Ollie Rayner and Lewry in the space of 11 balls.
Play was curtailed after tea with Trego having fallen to another fine catch from Prior off Luke Wright, but James Hildreth survived two chances to reach 26 not out before the rain came.
Sussex took full advantage of an excellent batting strip at Horsham to close the first day against Somerset on 382-6.
Murray Goodwin's 56th first-class hundred was the highlight of a day that also featured half-centuries from Michael Yardy and Chris Adams.
Somerset seamer Charl Willoughby (3-85) removed Chris Nash (6) and Luke Wright (22) to keep the hosts in check at 60-2 after they had opted to bat first.
But Yardy and Goodwin added 84 for the third wicket as life became increasingly difficult for bowlers once the shine had worn off the new ball.
Andrew Caddick removed Yardy for 68 but there was no stopping Goodwin, who went on to reach three figures from 182 balls.
The former Zimbabwe Test batsman shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 104 in 26 overs with Adams, whose contribution was a season's best 61.
And although he fell to Caddick (2-89) for 138 just prior to the close, Carl Hopkinson will resume on Thursday unbeaten on 41.