Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick hailed "world-class" batsman Nick Compton after seeing him plunder a match-saving century at Durham.
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The discarded England international scored 100 not out at Chester-le-Street as the visitors batted through 73 overs on the final day to emerge with a draw.
Compton's achievement was all the more impressive as he did it after undergoing treatment for a neck injury which had threatened to limit his participation.
Trescothick said: "It was a brilliant knock. Getting a hundred here at the Riverside is always tough, but he has been struggling with a neck injury for the last few days.
"We have done everything we can. Our medical team has worked tirelessly to get him back in the position because we can see what he can do, we know what kind of players he is - a world-class player - when he gets into that environment.
"If we can just get him good enough and fit enough to get out on to the park, then we know can do well."
Compton and Craig Kieswetter (78) guided Somerset from a parlous 92 for four to 246 for four by the close as they staged an unbeaten partnership of 154 to deny the reigning champions victory.
Set an unlikely 337 to win in 82 overs by Durham skipper Paul Collingwood, they slipped to 41 for two after Chris Rushworth removed openers Trescothick and Chris Jones before lunch, and looked to be in trouble when Usman Arshad sent first Alviro Petersen and then James Hildreth back to the pavilion.
However, it was then that Compton and Kieswetter took control.
Collingwood said: "You can see what two international-class batsmen can do on a pitch where it's pretty flat, there's no turn and there's no swing.
"You can see how they apply themselves and it was tough to get them out.
"We are putting teams under pressure for long periods, but we are just not quite finishing them off."
Meanwhile, Collingwood hinted that he may not be ready to call it a day just yet after earlier suggesting this season could be his last as a player.
He said: "Anything is possible. If I have a great year and I really enjoy it and I'm not holding guys back in the team and we have still got enough money here at Durham and all that kind of stuff, then I'll continue, maybe."