Steffan Jones, the Somerset seam bowler, has joined Kent on a month-long loan deal.

Kent have suddenly found themselves short in the pace-bowling department after Stuart Clark had to abort his deal after being called-up by Australia, while Amjad Khan is still recovering from the knee injury he picked up in West Indies.

"Kent have some injury problems and approached us to see if we had anyone suitable to help," Brian Rose, the Somerset director of cricket, told the club's website. "We recommended Steffan and he was very eager to go. It is much better for him to be playing first-team cricket than to be confined to our second XI."

Somerset can recall Jones at any time if he is needed for first-team action.