Thankfully there was no rain delay and play got underway at 11 AM. Somerset made a very good start with Sean Dickson being caught at first slip of Josh Davey for a well made 43. Shortly after Renshaw fall caught at mid-on chipping a leg-side ball straight to Abell. Somerset had made a good start reducing kent to 97-4. Kuhn and Bell Drummond looked scratchy but put on 47. But then after a very tense period of play Craig Overton got his man with a great inswinger taking Heino’s middle stump right out of the ground. Shortly after Blake was bowled chopping on from Gregory. Then bell Drummond was caught at second slip for a gritty 33. Lunch 171-7.
Somerset made a positive start with Stevens caught at slip by Trescothick. A familiar combination. After a few big hits from the lower order, Kent was all out for 209. A lead of 38. Somerset started their innings but made the worse possible start and was 32-4. Trescothick, Azhar, Hildreth and Byrom all persuaded to great seeing and seam bowling from Stevens, Podmore, Stevens again and Matt Milnes. Then Abell and Davies took the score to 90-5 there second 50 partnership of the game. Then after tea Abell and Davies fell in quick succession. Abell falling caught behind to a short and wide one from Claydon for 30. Then Davies bowled trying to drive a ball that wasn’t there for 39 off the same bowler. Somerset’s slump continued with Gregory being bowled by Claydon again. Somerset 111-7. 37 ahead and all but out of it. But they didn’t give up and Bartlett and Craig Overton batted brilliantly together putting on 60. 171-7 at the end of the day. 133 ahead with 3 wickets left.
The game is in the balance. With Kent batting, last scoreboard pressure may come into play.