Hildy's Half Century not enough as Kent come out on top
A rapid half century from James Hildreth was not enough to prevent Kent Spitfires beating Somerset by eight wickets in the Vitality Blast at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
After being put in Somerset posted 159 for six from their allotted overs, Hildreth top-scoring with 57 off 45 balls whilst Carlos Brathwaite claimed four for 21.
In reply, Kent reached their target with 21 balls to spare. Heino Kuhn, with 67 not out out off 42 balls, and Daniel Bell-Drummond (58) led the way as their side made it maximum points from two South Group games.
Johann Myburgh, Steve Davies and Peter Trego fell early as Joe Denly and Brathwaite made early inroads.
The best batting of the innings came when Hildreth and Tom Abell put together a half-century stand for the fourth wicket in 5.2 overs, both timing the ball sweetly.
Four-day captain Abell hit three fours and two sixes in making 36 from 24 balls, but when he became Brathwaite’s third victim, Kent’s bowlers re-established a grip.
Hildreth and Corey Anderson (30 not out) were never able to lift the scoring rate sufficiently. Hildreth went to fifty off 37 deliveries, but Adam Milne conceded only 23 from his four overs.
Despite the loss of Denly in the fourth over, Bell-Drummond and Kuhn added 101 for the second wicket.
Bell-Drummond reached his fifty off 35 balls, whilst Kuhn went to his half-century in the 14th over off 32 balls. Bell-Drummond fell to a catch at deep cover off Overton, but Sam Billings hit the winning six.
After the match Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “”I think that we have to give a lot of credit to Kent for the way that they bowled and fielded. That put us under pressure. There are a lot of lessons that we can take away from that.
“It’s been very disappointing for us, but lets put it into perspective – we’ve played two games, in one we convincingly beat Gloucestershire and now we have had a very disappointing and below par performance against Kent. We’ve got a bit of time to reflect on that and there are areas in all three aspects of the game that we can improve.
“We will take our lessons from here and move on to a big game at Gloucestershire on Friday in Bristol. I think what is most important for us now is how we bounce back. I think we’ve got to put in a good display in Bristol and that’s what’s really important for us now. We have a few days to work hard on that.”
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