NICK Compton was denied the chance to reach 1,000 runs by the end of May when rain brought a premature halt to the second day of Somerset's County Championship match at Worcester yesterday (May 31).

Compton seemed to have every chance of reaching the milestone when the Cidermen began their first innings immediately after lunch.

Compton, batting at No3, was soon at the crease following the dismissal of Alex Barrow in the seventh over.

But with the 28-year-old on 9 not out - needing another 50 to reach 1,000 - the heavens intervened.

Had Compton achieved the feat he would have been in exalted company, joining WG Grace, Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Bill Edrich, Tom Hayward, Charlie Hallows, Glenn Turner and Graeme Hick as the only run machines to reach the total in the last 117 years.

Somerset are due to resume their innings this morning on 27-2 in reply to Worcester's 340 all out.