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Somerset succumb to Spitfires

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Darren Stevens

Darren Stevens impressed with bat and ball as Kent ended a disappointing t20 campaign on a high with victory over Somerset Sabres

South Division winners Somerset Sabres were shot out for the lowest t20 score in their history as Kent Spitfires finished their Friends Provident t20 campaign in style at Taunton.

Replying to Kent’s 141 all out, the home side could muster only 82 as Simon Cook and James Tredwell took three wickets apiece.

Joe Denly’s 65 for the Spitfires was the game’s only half-century, while Darren Stevens scored 39, before taking 2-23 from his four overs.

Alfonso Thomas enhanced his position as the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 3-23, but his efforts proved in vein.

Kent had already surrendered all hope of reaching the quarter-finals and, despite the shock result, Somerset stayed at the top of the table thanks to Essex losing to Middlesex.

Only Denly and Stevens could make any impression on the Somerset bowling after Kent won the toss.

Denly was seventh man out, having done his best to anchor the innings, with nine fours in facing 56 balls, while Stevens provided the brightest batting, hitting five fours and a six in his breezy 26-ball knock.

Somerset looked set to make light of their target when Marcus Trescothick took three fours off the opening over from Stevens but the last ball saw him carelessly flick a catch to deep midwicket.

That set the tone for his side’s worst batting display of a previously good campaign as Peter Trego also hit three fours in making 15 off 11 balls before being bowled by Stevens.

James Hildreth was run out in a mix-up with Craig Kieswetter, who adopted a watchful approach, but still could not play his way back into form.

The England wicketkeeper-batsman was stumped driving at Cook for 15, made off 29 deliveries, with uncharacteristic restraint.

Cook removed Jos Buttler and Keiron Pollard, who received a rousing ovation on what could prove his last Somerset appearance.

The West Indies player flies home for his domestic T20 tournament this week and will only return should the county reach finals day.