Somerset played Kent in the first game of the Royal London one day cup. Kent was without Joe Denly, IPL, Sam Billings, same reasons and to be completely honest I’m not sure what happened to Kuhn and Bell Drummond. Somerset with a fully fit team.
Somerset made a very bad and slow start with Azhar Ali falling for 3 of 13 balls. He chopped on to a ball to close to cut. Somerset 7-1 in the 3rd over. Trego joined Banton and the put on 78 in 75 balls. Banton especially looked comfortable. Trego fell for a scratchy 22 as he was bowled by Stevens driving a ball that wasn’t quite there. Somerset 85-2. In the next period, Somerset batted well putting on 82 in 54 balls. Banton the main scoring hitting lots of 4 and 6ixes. Banton brand up his 100 of 76 balls. He shortly fell for a fantastic inning of 107 of 79 balls but was caught skying one of Matt Milnes. Somerset 3-176 but then Hildreth fell shortly after trying to hit Stevens across the line for 6 but was caught out for 23. Then Abell and Gregory combined. In a vital stage in the game, they moved the score along to 249 in just over 60 balls. Then Abell fell disappointingly hitting when to cover and Blake taking a sharp catch. Then Gregory, after scoring a superb 50, did the same thing. Out for 51, Somerset 251-6. In came Craig Overton who dominated the last 67 balls hitting 66 of 36 powering Somerset to a controlling score of 358-9. He even hit two balls into the river now if you have ever watched cricket at Taunton you will know what an achievement this is.
Kent started off their innings in the worse possible way with Craig Overton taking his good form taking 3 of the 4 early wickets Josh Davey with the other one. Renshaw, Dickson, Robinson all falling to Overton. Crawley to Davey. Kent were all at sea at 26-4 with the run rate going above 8. They kind of recovered to 60-4. But then Groenewald got Blake lbw and Rouse caught behind skying a short ball to Banton kent then 64-6. The last 4 wickets folded for just 30 runs. Kent 94 all out losing by 264 runs. A resounding thrashing.