Second XI Championship: Kent come out on top on day two


Kent eased to victory on day two of this three-day Second XI Championship match at Taunton Vale.

Somerset resumed on 61 for seven but the three remaining wickets fell early on as the hosts were all out for 86. Darren Stevens was the pick of the Kent bowlers and finished with figures of five for 11 from eight overs.

Batting for the second time, the home batsmen found runs somewhat easier to come by. Marcus Trescothick and Eddie Byrom shared an opening stand of 55 before the more experienced man was bowled by Callum Haggett for 18.

By the time the lunch interval arrived Somerset had reached 76 for one.

After the break Byrom went on to make his half century from 82 balls, but fell for 53 with Somerset on 112.

Ben Green had moved to 38 when he became Daniel Bell-Drummond’s second victim at 141 for three.

Just before tea, Tim Rouse became the second home batsman to pass 50, from 80 balls, as Somerset reached the break on 213 for six, still 16 runs behind.

Rouse eventually went on to make 65 and Charley Reed made a solid 31 as Somerset were all out for 277.

Needing 49 for victory, Kent openers Bell-Drummond and Sean Dickson reached the target from 9.1 overs as the visitors won by 10 wickets.


Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis named the following squad for the game: Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, Ben Wells, Tim Rouse, Ben Green, Tom Lammonby, Josh Davey, Nathan Gilchrist, Charley Reed (Academy), Charlie Sharland (EPP), Max Toohey (PSPP and Richard Huish College) and Sonny Baker (Devon and PSPP).

Entrance and car parking at Taunton Vale is free and plenty of free seating available.


A hat-trick from Darren Stevens helped to ensure that Kent had the better of day one of this three-day Second XI Championship match at Taunton Vale.

Having won the toss and elected to bowl first, Somerset struck first in the 11th over as Sean Dickson was caught behind off Josh Davey.

On a green pitch, it was the visitors who made promising progress and had reached 152 for two before Stevens was also taken behind from the bowling of Davey.

Somerset fought hard in the afternoon session and continued to chip away at an experienced Kent line-up. Davey looked dangerous throughout and was rewarded with four wickets. After Calum Haggett was dismissed by Tom Lammonby, Kent were reduced to 186 for seven.

This sparked a comeback from the visiting lower order, and in particular an unbroken partnership of 96 between Imran Qayyum and Jared Lysaught from 131 balls. Kent reached the tea interval at 282 for seven.

The visitors were eventually dismissed for 315, Lysaught remaining unbeaten on 84. Davey was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, finishing with six for 52.

The Somerset reply got off to the worst possible start as openers Trescothick and Byrom were both back in the pavilion with just four runs on the board.

The score had reached 29 when Tim Rouse was bowled by Justin Watson for 18.

In the 19th over of the Somerset innings the hosts had reached 47 when Stevens removed Lammonby, Ben Wells and Davey in consecutive balls.

By the close of play Somerset were 61 for seven, Ben Green was unbeaten on 28.

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