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LV=CC: Someset v Kent – day two report

Tuesday 20th July 2010

Somerset v Kent
LV= County Championship Division One
Day two – 21 July 2010
Taunton

Kent won the toss and elected to field

Somerset first innings: 205 all out, 49.4 overs
de Bruyn 44, Suppiah 34, Trescothick 27
Stevens 4-38, Khan 3-63, Cook 2-65

Kent first innings: 172 all out, 45 overs
Denly 34, Northeast 24, Coles 23
Kartik 5-50, Thomas 3-21, Willoughby 2-46

Somerset second innings: 128 for two, 31 overs
Trescothick 59*, Buttler 42, Suppiah 24
Bandara 1-16, Coles 1-46

Kent’s cricketers surrendered a strong position on day two of their LV=County Championship match with Somerset as a disappointing batting display saw the west country side bowl the visitors out for 172, before extending their lead to 161 at stumps -with eight wickets in hand.

The home side were left reeling after day one when four wickets from Darren Stevens reduced them to 122 for seven, but stubborn tail-end batting enabled them to reach 205 and a batting point. Indian spinner Murali Kartik then took centre stage as his five wickets meant Kent gave away a first innings lead. Somerest made hay with the bat in the evening session to leave Martin van Jaarsveld’s side with a mountain to climb.

Despite more morning rain, play started on time with South African duo Zander de Bruyn and Alfonso Thomas at the crease as Somerset teetered on 122 for seven and with batting conditions a touch easier than day one, they started positively. The duo added 36 for the eighth wicket before Amjad Khan took Thomas out for 17 with van Jaarsveld taking the catch at second-slip. De Bruyn continued his counter-attack in tandem with Kartik, striking nine boundaries in a total of 44 before Simon Cook induced a nick out of him and Geraint Jones held on behind the stumps. The final pairing of Kartik and Charl Willoughby took the home side through to a batting bonus point but James Tredwell struck in his first over to remove Kartik for 15 as Jones snaffled his fourth catch of the innings. Somerset had scrambled up to 205 all-out.

Kent“s reply was delayed by further rain, but once that cleared Sam Northeast, in the absence of captain Rob Key, opened up with Joe Denly, and he started well, striking four boundaries before falling to Willoughby for 24. From here on it went downhill for the visitors as the introduction of spinner Kartik caused havoc. His first victim was Jones for 16 as the gloveman offered a return catch and 76 for two soon became 81 for three when van Jaarseveld was trapped in front by Thomas for four. This prompted a batting collapse. Denly, looking solid on 34, was next to follow as Kartik caught him leg before and Alex Blake followed soon after as the Indian tweaker claimed his third wicket. Willoughby then returned to dismiss dangerman Darren Stevens for 22 as Kent slumped to 126 for six. Kartik continued to cut through the Kent line-up as Tredwell (14) and Matt Coles (23) threatened to offer resistance but ultimately fell victim as the overseas star finished with figures of 5-50. Thomas mopped up the tail to finish with 3-21 as Kent were dismissed for a disappointing 172 – 33 runs adrift of the home side and with no batting points.

A poor day for Kent was confounded in the final session as the home side cruised to 128 for two at close, Arul Suppiah was the first to depart as he edged to Jones off the bowling of Coles for 24, then late in the day Malinga Bandara (pictured) trapped Jos Buttler in front for 42. At stumps Marcus Trescothick looked threatening, unbeaten on 59, and Kent will aim to make some early inroads when play resumes on the third morning.

Picture: Sarah Ansell