SOMERSET suffered their second defeat of the Vitality Blast, losing at home against Kent Spitfires on Friday, June 10.

After winning the toss, Somerset chose to field first, Kent Spitfires sent out Tawanda Muyeye and Joe Denly to open the batting and the pair weathered the storm of Tom Lammonby and Josh Davey who bowled the first two overs.

Peter Siddle and Craig Overton entered the attack next, and the latter got off to a flyer; he took the wickets of Muyeye (10) and Grant Stewart (0) in consecutive balls.

Jordan Cox joined Denly at the crease at this point and his partnership would steady the ship for Kent. They brought up their 50 partnership off 30 balls in the ninth over.

They continued scoring runs quite freely until Denly was caught on the boundary by Lammonby from another Overton delivery.

Cox went on to score 93 in rapid time, hitting 3 fours and 6 sixes in total before he was run out by Josh Davey in the 20th over.

Kent finished on 202 for 7 after their innings showing that despite a slow start, it is quite easily possible to score 200 plus on this pitch at Taunton.

In reply, Somerset sent out Will Smeed and Tom Banton to open the batting and things got off to a poor start. Smeed clean bowled by George Linde for 2 runs in just the second over.

Roussow joined Banton at the crease and he hit a six off his first and third balls faced. It looked as though Somerset were gaining some momentum as Banton moved to 10 however he was caught by Sam Billings as Fred Klaassen picked up his first wicket.

In the fourth over Jack Leaning bowled Rilee Roussow (13) and put Somerset in a very unlikely position to win the match. Sitting at 3/29 things looked bleak.

It got worse soon after when Lammonby was given lbw in the 7th over and Somerset were 4 for 46.

Lewis Gregory followed, and it looked as though he and Abell were working well together however in the 10th over Gregory was caught by Billings off a Stewart delivery for 16 runs.

Abell was caught on the boundary soon after and it looked very bleak. Roelof came in and had just over 7 overs to save Somerset once again.

He did hit a six but was out for 8 runs as he was caught by Billings off a Matt Milnes delivery. Somerset were 7/109.

Ben Green and Craig Overton gave the fans some hope as they built a strong partnership late. With two overs to go, Somerset were 7/147 requiring 56 runs off 12 deliveries.

Despite that Overton was dismissed for 13 as he was caught by Billings, after the pair had exchanged niceties several times in the match. 

In the end it was a steep hill for Somerset to climb and Kent took the win.