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Spitfires shoot down Somerset

Kent Spitfires opened their NatWest T20 Blast campaign with a 42-run victory over Somerset in reduced-over South Group shootout at Taunton.

Rain meant a 13-overs-a-side contest starting after 7pm, but the poor weather failed to dampen Kent's spirits as they sent the hosts crashing to a second defeat in the competition.

The win was orchestrated by Kent's top-order fireworks, with opener Daniel Bell-Drummond the star of the show as he smashed 59 off 30 balls, including eight fours and two sixes, to set up a score of 164 for five.

Bell-Drummond's fellow opener Rob Key also flailed the Somerset attack by posting a quickfire 46 off 22 deliveries.

Darren Stevens ensured the flow of runs continued, needing just 20 balls to smash a 47 that included two mighty maximums.

The next two wickets fell cheaply but the damage had already been done, with Somerset match the Spitfires’ shuddering power.

When captain Marcus Trescothick departed for three runs, the writing appeared to be on the wall.

Trescothick's fellow opener Craig Kieswetter struck 40 to give Somerset hope, but they were running out of overs to catch their opponents.

James Hildreth finished unbeaten on 58 from 29 balls but his fine effort failed to prevent Kent from romping home.