SOMERSET captain Tom Abell said it was "hugely disappointing" not to beat Surrey, as Friday's weather in Taunton saw to it that the Specsavers County Championship match ended in a draw.

Only six overs were played in the morning session, and play did not resume until 2.15pm due to a wet outfield.

Morne Morkel (27), Will Jacks (54) and Dean Elgar (17) fell – Jack Leach, Craig Overton and Tim Groenewald claiming their respective wickets – but with 34 overs lost to the weather and Surrey reaching 255-8 (a lead of 237 runs), the players shook hands on a draw at 4.40pm.

Somerset took 11 points from the game, while reigning champions Surrey claimed 12, but it could well have been more for the hosts after Lewis Gregory's brilliant century on Thursday.

Abell said afterwards: "It was a shame the way the final day unfolded, and it's hugely disappointing not to get the win.

"We were in a position to force a positive result, but it was not to be.

"We played some really good cricket over the first four days; our whole bowling unit created a lot of opportunities and Lewis Gregory's innings was phenomenal.

"Surrey set the bar last season, we wanted to show how good we could be, and I think we did that."

Director of cricket Andy Hurry added: "It's very frustrating.

"But we demonstrated over the four days how good our unit is, and we showed character and focus after a tough schedule [in the Royal London One-Day Cup].

"It's a very exciting time for Somerset County Cricket Club, and this game was a great advert for County Championship cricket."

Hurry said that they were waiting an update on the condition of seam bowler Jack Brooks, who has picked up a calf injury, ahead of next week's County Championship match at home to Warwickshire.

He added that recalling Jamie Overton from his loan at Northamptonshire was "an option to consider".

The Warwickshire match begins on Monday (May 20) at the Cooper Associates County Ground, with the One-Day Cup final at Lord's following on Saturday (May 25).