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Trego ton helps Somerset overcome Kent

Peter Trego smote 135 against Kent as Somerset made it three wins from as many Royal London One-Day Cup South Group games with a four-wicket win at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

The 35-year-old all-rounder hit six sixes and six fours in his 119-ball innings, receiving good support from Dean Elgar (55) and James Hildreth (64) as the hosts reached an imposing target of 353 with 15 balls to spare. For Kent James Tredwell returned three for 65.

Earlier, a scintillating 46-ball hundred from Alex Blake and 113 from Daniel Bell-Drummond had led Kent to 352 for six. Blake smashed seven sixes and 10 fours in his 116, while Sam Northeast made 51 and Craig Overton claimed three for 66.

However Somerset paced their innings better from the outset and were able to secure victory without the sort of savage onslaught Blake produced in the latter stages of the Kent innings.

After winning the toss, the visitors lost Joe Denly to the third ball of the match from Josh Davey. Bell-Drummond and Northeast then put together a century stand before Northeast drove Roelof van der Merwe straight to Max Waller at cover.

After 30 overs Kent were 136 for two which soon became 146 for three when Darren Stevens hung his bat out to a wide ball from Overton and presented a simple slip catch.

In came Blake to alter the momentum with some glorious shots. The 28-year-old left-hander showed no mercy, particularly when offered width, and produced some wonderfully clean hitting all around the wicket. Bell-Drummond’s hundred was more circumspect, occupying 113 balls, but allied to Blake’s big-hitting looked to have put Kent in a strong position.

That looked even more the case when Somerset openers Steve Davies and Jim Allenby fell with only 19 runs on the board. However Trego and Elgar eased any nerves in the home dressing room, taking few risks in a stand of 108 in 18.1 overs before Elgar skied a catch to deep mid-wicket. The South African had looked in no trouble and that also applied to Hildreth as he and the now swashbuckling Trego put Somerset on top by adding 131 for the fourth wicket.

Hildreth’s 39-ball half-century was pleasing on the eye, but when he perished to a reverse sweep and Trego’s majestic knock ended with 59 still needed, Kent looked to be in with a chance.

Adam Hose then snuffed out any danger with an impressive 39 and a crowd of nearly 3,000 enjoyed a tremendous day of high-scoring cricket.

After the match Peter Trego said: “It was a great run chase for us today. At the half way stage to face 350 even on a good wicket at Taunton is a daunting challenge. I think that everyone who came in played their part, in particular Hildy who took the pressure off me. Dean was great and then Hosey’s little cameo at the end was tremendous.

“To win with a few overs to spare is credit to a great all round performance from Somerset. To see 700 runs scored in a day it’s pretty clear that it was a good wicket and a great spectacle for the crowd who turned out and they were magnificent and kept me going.

“Alex Blake played a tremendous innings for Kent and from ball one everything hit the middle of the bat and he never gave a chance, so fair play to him. There aren’t too many times when you hit a 46 ball 100 and end up on the losing end!

“We have now won three out of three, however we’re mindful that we’ve still got a lot more to do in this competition.”

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