There were some excellent individual performances, including a first ever hat trick for Kent by all-rounder Darren Stevens, in the Second X1’s impressive 10-wicket championship victory in two days against Somerset Second XI at Taunton Vale.
Stevens took his three wickets in successive deliveries to destroy the Somerset middle order batting and finished with figures of 8-4-11-5, as the home side crashed to 86 all out replying to Kent’s first innings total of 315.
Facing a deficit of 229, Somerset followed on and were bowled out in their second innings for 277, leaving Kent needing just 49 runs for victory, and a comprehensive and deserved win.
Australian all-rounder Jarred Lysaught top-scored in the Kent first innings and was 84 not out at the close, after enjoying a hundred eighth-wicket partnership with Imran Qayyum, who contributed 42. Earlier, Daniel Bell-Drummond opened the innings scoring 53 with ten boundaries.
Somerset never recovered from losing skipper Marcus Trescothick for just one run when they batted, and their innings quickly disintegrated as Stevens spun his magic to wreck their batting line-up. The home side put up more resistance in their second innings, but more excellent bowling, this time from Bell-Drummond and fast bowler Ari Karvelas, put Kent on the victory trail.
The MCC Young Cricketer had impressive figures of 5 for 62 whilst Bell-Drummond took 4 for 36. He then opened Kent’s second innings with Sean Dickson as they strolled to the 49 run winning total in 9.1 overs.