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Tom and Lewis inspire Somerset to victory over Kent

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Tom Abell and Lewis Goldsworthy will take the plaudits after Somerset claimed their first win of this years Vitality Blast.

The pair impressed with the bat as the home side overcame Kent Spitfires by 47 runs with 13 balls to spare at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset were put in to bat and having slipped to 53 for three, Abell led the recovery with 68 off 33 balls whilst 20-year-old Goldsworthy made a career-best 48.

Despite an impressive 48 off 23 deliveries from Zak Crawley, Kent never looked likely to reach their target and were bowled out for 157 in the 18th over, Marchant de Lange finishing with three for 18.

After being invited to bat first, the home side lost Tom Banton for nine with the score on 33 in the fourth over.

Will Smeed followed in the next over and when James Hildreth was caught at long-off for 27 to give Joe Denly his only wicket, Somerset looked to be in trouble.

However, Abell had other ideas, reverse sweeping Qais Ahmad for successive fours in the ninth over before unleashing sixes off Ahmad and Darren Stevens as the scoring rate accelerated.

With Goldsworthy lending excellent support, Abell moved to his second Blast fifty of the season off 26 balls, with five fours and two sixes.

He claimed another maximum off Stewart over deep square before falling in the same over, having added 90 with Goldsworthy off 45 balls.

Goldsworthy hit Fredrick Klasson for a straight six before Stewart had him caught at deep cover. He had faced 29 balls and hit six fours.

Kent’s reply got off to a bad start when the fourth ball saw Daniel Bell-Drummond caught at backward point off Craig Overton.

Joe Denly fell to Josh Davey with the score on 14, but Zak Crawley collected two sixes off Overton in the fifth over and the powerplay finished with the Spitfires 56 for two.

Goldsworthy’s left-arm spin was greeted with a four and a six by Crawley as he and Sam Billings brought up a fifty stand in 27 balls. However, the latter fell to a catch at wide long-on in the same over.

Leg-spinner Max Waller bowled Crawley in his first over and followed up by having Jack Leaning stumped as Kent reached halfway at 89 for five.

With Goldsworthy showing great maturity to recover from conceding ten off his first two overs, Somerset controlled the middle of the innings. The youngster had figures of one for 30 at the end of his four-over stint.

Darren Stevens, Stewart and Ahmad all fell cheaply and Jordan Cox’s battling 33 was nowhere near sufficient to prevent a convincing Somerset win.

After Somerset’s victory, Lewis Goldsworthy said: “Tom Abell was at a different level in our partnership. I just tried to get up the other end as often as possible and admire his shots before attempting to push on when he was out.

“It was a bit worrying to go for ten off my first two balls, but I managed to pull things around. I got a wicket with a not very good delivery and was pleased with my figures in the end.

“It was really enjoyable and it was nice to be out there for a bit of time and play some shots. It’s always nice to free the arms a little bit. We were happy with the score we got and Craig got us off to a great start with the ball. Early wickets are always key in T20 and I think it was a really good all round performance.”

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