DURHAM were left frustrated after a century from discarded England batsman Nick Compton eased Somerset to a LV= County Championship draw at Chester-le-Street.
Compton and Craig Kieswetter, who had come together at 92 for four, put together an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 154 after the visitors had been set 337 to win off 82 overs.
His 208-ball hundred, which included 14 fours, saw Somerset home as captains Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick called it a day with the visitors needing 91 more to win with nine overs remaining.
Durham had earlier declared their second innings on 213 for nine, but despite two wickets apiece from Chris Rushworth and Usman Arshad, hopes of victory dissolved as Compton and Kieswetter took root.
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.”
Collingwood helped to ease the home side’s lead past the 300-mark with an unbeaten 52, scoring freely after resuming on 23 not out with no play possible on Tuesday.
His half-century, which came off 80 balls, included six fours as first Jamie Harrison and then Graham Onions fell to Lewis Gregory, who in the process took his tally for the match to a career best eight for 150.
It was Rushworth who did the early damage for Durham, accounting for opener Trescothick lbw for just five from the Lumley End before switching to the Finchale End to trap Chris Jones in similar fashion for 24 to leave the visitors on 45 for two at lunch.
However, Durham had to remain patient as the afternoon session unfolded and it was not until the final ball of the 13th over after lunch that Arshad had Alviro Petersen caught by Scott Borthwick at second slip for 23 to end a stand of 47 for the third wicket.
Arshad struck again in his next over when James Hildreth nicked one to keeper Phil Mustard having scored just a single, although new arrival Kieswetter had an escape on nine when he was dropped by Borthwick off the bowling of Onions. Somerset never looked back as he and Compton batted through 43 overs to clinch a draw, with the home side taking 11 points to Somerset’s eight.