THE season ended at Somerset CCC with a wash-out that, sadly, summed up the theme on too many occasions through a soggy summer for cricket. 

The final day of Somerset’s LV= Insurance County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston was abandoned after overnight rain had made the outfield unsafe for play.  

Somerset skipper Tom Abell told the club website: “Obviously it is an anti-climax and not how any of us would want to finish the season, but there are areas over the far side of the square that are like a bog. 

“It is a lovely day and the temptation was to try and get some cricket this afternoon but I think we were all in agreement that it was unfit and probably unsafe.” 

The frustration was particularly pertinent for Somerset, who were in a decent position on 90 for two in their second innings, 32 runs ahead of Warwickshire after a top spell of bowling from Josh Davey (3-62) and New Zealand international Neil Wagner (3-67).

At the end of day three, Somerset Head Coach Jason Kerr said: “We were unlucky not to have them four or five down at the close yesterday and then the bowlers picked up where they left off this morning.

“They bowled really well and created opportunities and it got harder as the ball got older and softer, but I can’t fault them with the ball.” 

While Somerset’s season closed with a damp squib, the County Championship celebrations were in full flow for Surrey, who recorded their 21st title triumph, despite suffering only their second defeat of the season, losing by 52 runs at Hampshire. 

Middlesex were relegated after a dramatic final day saw them lose by two wickets at Nottinghamshire.

Kent were the main beneficiaries, surviving the drop after a draw with Lancashire.