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Day 4 of 4
Somerset won by 20 runs.

Kent vs Somerset

Somerset win a thriller

Denly century ultimately in vain

Jones: 5-63

LV County Championship - Division One
Tunbridge Wells - Day four
Somerset 208 (R McLaren 5-31, R H Joseph 4-67) & 335 (M E Trescothick 139, I D Blackwell 61) v Kent 273 (M van Jaarsveld 95, P D Trego 4-52) & 250 (J L Denly 149, P S Jones 5-63, C M Willoughby 4-67)
Somerset (18pts) beat Kent (5pts) by 20 runs

Somerset secured their first victory back in the First Division on a nerve-shredding final day at Tunbridge Wells.

The visitors were boosted by an outstanding burst of four wickets in 10 balls from Steffan Jones, which helped dismiss Kent for 250.

Set 271 for their second four-day win of the campaign, Kent opener Joe Denly survived a nervy start to take his side to the brink of victory before becoming their last man out soon after lunch for a career-best 149.

Kent moved within 103 runs of their target with five wickets still intact before Jones started his rampage.

He began by removing his Kent namesake Geraint Jones for 26 to a sharp catch at second slip by Marcus Trescothick that ended a determined sixth-wicket stand worth 46.

Four balls later Jones ran one back through the gate of left-hander Ryan McLaren to peg back his off stump.

In his next over from the Pavilion End Jones, the former Northamptonshire seamer, bustled in to see Yasir Arafat caught in the cordon by Trescothick and then, two balls later, Robbie Joseph was snapped up at mid-wicket by Peter Trego for a duck.

England Lions right-hander Denly, 22, tried his utmost to steer his side across the finish line with his first century of the summer but only 11 balls after the lunch break he went leg before to a Willoughby in-swinger to spark Somerset celebrations. Willoughby finished with 4-67 and Jones 5-63.

Day three

A thrilling final day is in prospect at Tunbridge Wells after Marcus Trescothick's 30th first-class century allowed Somerset to set Kent a victory target of 271.

Kent will resume their pursuit at 134-5, requiring a further 137, with their hopes resting mainly on the shoulders of Joe Denly, who finished unbeaten on 64 in the company of Geraint Jones (11no).

Charl Willoughby (3-33) removed the dangerous trio of Robert Key (26), Martin van Jaarsveld (4) and Justin Kemp (9) to leave the hosts in trouble.

Earlier in the day, Trescothick advanced from an overnight position of 71 to 139, including a crucial stand of 107 in 26 overs with Ian Blackwell (61) for the sixth wicket.

That allowed Somerset to extend their second innings to 335. Trescothick was eventually seventh out - lbw to Ryan McLaren (3-59) - having struck 19 fours and a six during his 249-ball, five-and-a-half hour innings.

Day two

Somerset reached 157-2 in their second innings to open a lead of 92 runs by the close of the second day against Kent.

Marcus Trescothick finished unbeaten on 71 to bat the visitors back into the match after they had conceded a first-innings deficit of 65.

Trescothick shared a second-wicket partnership of 131 with skipper Justin Langer, who was stumped for 42 off James Tredwell's (1-25) off-spin late on.

Kent had used the first 50.1 overs of the day to extend their first innings from 85-3 to 273 all out.

Martin van Jaarsveld led the way with 95, but gained little support from his lower order colleagues, and was eventually denied a century by Peter Trego (4-52).

Day one

Kent seamers Ryan McLaren and Robbie Joseph shared nine wickets to help bowl out Somerset for 208 on the first day at Tunbridge Wells.

Visting skipper Justin Langer opted to bat first and all looked in order on a grassless pitch as opening pair Marcus Trescothick (23) and Neil Edwards (15) saw the shine off the new ball during the first half-hour.

But the first change introduction of McLaren (5-31) and Joseph (4-67) prompted a clatter of wickets that saw the Somerset top order quickly subside to 82-6.

A partial recovery was instigated by number seven Peter Trego, who smashed nine fours during a 57-ball cameo worth 49 that at least allowed the Cidermen to avoid total collapse.

Robert Key's 48 then guided Kent to 85-3 in reply, although he fell lbw to Trego (2-13) late in the day.

Match Details

21st May 2008
Tunbridge Wells
R J Bailey and B Leadbeater


Batsman R
Denly lbw b Willoughby 149
Key c Trescothick b Willoughby 26
Tredwell lbw b Phillips 3
Van Jaarsveld c Hildreth b Willoughby 4
Stevens c Edwards b Jones 17
Kemp c Edwards b Willoughby 9
Jones c Trescothick b Jones 26
McLaren b Jones 1
Arafat c Trescothick b Jones 1
Joseph c Trego b Jones 0
Saggers not out 9
Extras 1w, 4lb 5
Total 73.5 Overs 250
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Willoughby 23.5 8 67 4
Trego 7.3 1 25 0
Jones 17.3 2 63 5
Phillips 16 3 66 1
Blackwell 9 3 25 0
Full Bowling Card