Updated: 27/08/2012 14:28 | By pa.press.net

Weather wins as victory bids are halted



Rain made sure there were no victors in Division One

Rain made sure there were no victors in Division One

The weather was the winner in Friday's LV= County Championship action involving teams in the title chase.

Leaders Warwickshire were rescued by the weather against Middlesex while the match between Somerset and Sussex ended in a frustrating draw, with both teams looking to push for victory.

Second-placed Sussex looked favourites when play began an hour late at Taunton, needing 133 with all wickets intact, but three strikes from Somerset's leading wicket-taker Peter Trego and two for Abdur Rehman brought the hosts right back into contention.

Sadly the intermittent rain restricted play to only 24.3 overs and the prospect of a nail-biting finish fizzled out with both sides in a good position, Sussex needing 49 runs and Somerset five wickets, when umpires Rob Bailey and Nick Cook finally abandoned the game at 4.45pm.

At Edgbaston, Warwickshire were set a distant target of 367 after prising out Middlesex for 412 but lost half their side for 86.

They struggled through to 152 for seven with an hour lost to drizzle and the last 40 minutes chalked off because of bad light.

The way the game slipped away from them after an opening partnership of 175 on the second day was in many ways a throwback to a performance that undermined their bid for the Division One crown last August, when they crashed to a 209-run defeat by Hampshire after holding a first-innings lead of 109 and ultimately finished 11 points behind champions Lancashire.

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