Middlesex Keep Compton in Check

  • Last Updated: June 5 2012, 19:58 BST

Rain prevented Middlesex from fully profiting on a rare Nick Compton failure in their LV= County Championship match against Somerset at Lord's.

Ben Stokes: Hit 66 for Durham

Little has gone wrong for the prolific Compton this season other than missing out on reaching 1,000 first-class runs before May by a single day last week.

Even then the 28-year-old was able to temper any disappointment with his third Championship century of the season against Worcestershire.

But he was brought back to earth at headquarters today when he failed to play a shot and was bowled by Tim Murtagh for just one.

That left Somerset in a hole at two for one, after opener Alex Barrow failed to score, but Middlesex's early gains were nullified by a battling 58 from James Hildreth.

Hildreth took 132 balls to reach the score, before he was caught behind to give Gareth Berg his 100th first-class wicket, and end an 80-run stand with Craig Kieswetter (48 not out) before the rain came after 48.5 overs with Somerset on 130 for four.

Bottom-placed Durham's quest for a first win of the season got off to a solid start as they reached 228 for five against second-placed Warwickshire.

Ben Stokes top-scored with 66, before he was bowled by Chris Wright, while Paul Collingwood (48 not out) looked like reaching back-to-back half-centuries.

The 36-year-old former England right-hander has struggled for form this season but, after reaching his first 50 against Lancashire last week, dug in with five boundaries to be two runs shy of the mark.

In Division Two, Tony Palladino's maiden first-class hat-trick ensured runaway leaders Derbyshire assumed control against lowly Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The 28-year-old immediately removed the top order to have the Foxes seven for three before Tim Groenewald cashed in taking five for 29 as the home side managed 177.

Derbyshire were five for none in reply before rain sent the players off for the day.