Disappointment for Somerset at Kent

Somerset were unable to make it two wins out of two in the Vitality Blast following a 41-run defeat at Kent Spitfires.

Imran Qayyum did the majority of the damage with a career-best bowling haul of five for 21.

In pursuit of Kent’s workmanlike 165 for nine at an asking rate of 8.3, Somerset were dismissed for 124 with nine balls to spare.

The visitors lost Babar Azam in the third over, bowled through the gate by Hardus Viljoen.

Tom Banton picked up where he left off at Glamorgan on Thursday and his powerful hitting ensured that Somerset had the best of the powerplay.

However, he holed out to long-on in Qayyum’s first over for 28 to put Somerset on 54 for two. Peter Trego was then caught on the sweep and James Hildreth was bowled to leave the visitors on 62 for four.

Tom Lammonby risked a second run to deep mid-wicket to be run out by Qayyum, who then had Roelof van der Merwe caught at cover.

Qayyum ensured career-best T20 figures by having Tom Abell smartly stumped down the leg side by Ollie Robinson.

Earlier, Somerset leg-spinner Max Waller struck with the fourth delivery of the night, pinning Zak Crawley leg before working across the line of a googly.


In the second over, Daniel Bell-Drummond pushed with leaden-feet at a Jerome Taylor delivery to edge low to slip.

Robinson and Nabi, two of Kent’s five T20 club debutants, took Spitfires to 54 for two in the batting powerplay and a 50-stand in 5.4 overs. Nabi perished for 34 by chipping to long off where van der Merwe took the catch.

The hosts mustered 91 for three at the mid-point as Robinson reached 50 from 39 balls.

Taylor collected a second scalp when Alex Blake drove on the up straight to extra cover, then Somerset debutant Lammonby struck by having Sean Dickson caught behind by Banton.

Robinson’s innings of 53 ended after 49 balls when he advanced to a turning delivery from van der Merwe to gift Banton a stumping and Somerset a third wicket in as many overs. The Netherlands International finished with figures of three for 19.

Jordan Cox holed out to Jamie Overton off van der Merwe, and Adam Milne was bowled round his legs in the same over as Kent failed to up the tempo.

Qayyum and Viljoen took the home total above 160 before the latter was run out by Taylor attempting to run a last-ball bye.

After the match Somerset Captain, Tom Abell said: “At half time we were pretty happy, and I think we would have taken that total at the start. Roelof was outstanding in their innings.

“Batting wise, I thought we got off to a decent start in the powerplay but then lost six for 20 and you’re not going to win many games batting like that through the middle.

“I think Imran mixed his pace up pretty well against us, but equally we’ll look at ourselves as batters and say that we didn’t execute our plans well enough. Everyone will back their skills and game plans, but ultimately it comes down to execution and we got it wrong tonight.”

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