Somerset’s Steve Davies and Jack Leach fend off Matt Parkinson for draw

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On a scorching day in Manchester, as the swifts arrived from the south, Somerset batted all day until the teams shook hands at ten to five. There was a fifty for Steve Davies and an unbeaten 66 for Jack Leach – his highest first‑class score – as Somerset overcame a post-lunch quiver to finish on 269 for eight declared.

There were five wickets for the 21‑year‑old leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, who had the ball spitting with spleen at times and who collected a career-best match tally of eight for 181 in strangely spin‑friendly conditions in late spring. James Anderson took one wicket in his first match back for Lancashire, though he was perhaps unlucky not to have more.

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Written by Tanya Aldred at Old Trafford
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