Somerset v Kent, NatWest T20 Blast, South Division, Taunton May 23, 2014

Bell-Drummond leads Kent pyrotechnics

Press Association

Kent 164 for 5 (Bell-Drummond 59, Stevens 47, Key 46) beat Somerset 122 for 5 (Hildreth 58*, Bollinger 3-36) by 42 runs

Kent opened their NatWest T20 Blast campaign with a 42-run victory over Somerset in a rain-affected South Group match at the County Ground.

The game was reduced to 13 overs a side and delayed until 7pm, but the poor weather failed to dampen Kent's spirits as they sent the hosts crashing to a second defeat in the competition.

The win was orchestrated by Kent's top order, with opener Daniel Bell-Drummond the star of the show as he smashed a T20 career-best 59 off 30 balls, including eight fours and two sixes, to set up a score of 164 for 5.

Bell-Drummond's fellow opener Rob Key also flailed the Somerset attack by posting a quickfire 46 off 22 deliveries in an opening stand of 85. Darren Stevens ensured the flow of runs continued, needing just 20 balls to smash a 47 that was headlined by two sixes.

The next two wickets fell cheaply but the damage had already been done, with Somerset lacking the firepower to mount a serious challenge to the target set.

When captain Marcus Trescothick fell cheaply for 3, the writing appeared to be on the wall. Trescothick's fellow opener Craig Kieswetter struck 40 to give Somerset hope, but they were running out of overs to catch their opponents.

James Hildreth finished unbeaten on 58 from 29 balls in a score consisting of seven fours and one six, but his fine effort failed to prevent Kent from romping home.

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  • John on May 24, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Congrats Kent

    This (as a Somerset fan) was painful to watch the commentary of on here.

    A royal thrashing which could have been even worse if Nannes didn't play.

    Would like to see comms from anyone who went to the game.

    From commentary it looked like Kies struggled to get alot of the bowling away. Did it look like he was playing for himself - rather than risking his wicket/losing by a heavier score by trying to up the tempo to a degree where Somerset may have had some chance of winning? Maybe this was right without a Buttler in the side - writing the game off after damage done in the Kent inns and try to get some practice in? Is Meschede injured? Might it have been worth Trego bowling an over or 2 - being that EVERYONE bat Nannes and Alf at the end were going for runs? Also I wonder if batting 1st may be a better way to go? Even setting a chase where Kent needed around 9.5 with would surely have been better. Chasing at 9.5 may be as hard as setting a 13rpo chase.

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