Published: 21:45, 15 June 2021
| Updated: 21:45, 15 June 2021
Kent Spitfires' 100 per cent start to this season's T20 Blast ended at the hands of Somerset on Tuesday night in Taunton.
The hosts earned their first win at the third attempt with a comfortable 47-run success.
With Zak Crawley and Sam Billings back from England duty, Kent left out Alex Blake and - surprisingly - Ollie Robinson from the team that beat Gloucestershire on Sunday.
Skipper Daniel Bell-Drummond's decision to field first appeared a good one with the hosts reduced to 52-3 just after the end of their powerplay.
But Somerset recovered to make 204-7 thanks to a whirlwind fourth-wicket partnership of 90 off just 46 balls between Tom Abell and 20-year-old Lewis Goldsworthy.
Tom Banton’s disappointing start to the Blast continued for Somerset, the opener caught at deep square off Grant Stewart for nine with the score on 33 in the fourth over.
Will Smeed followed in the next over to Matt Milnes and when James Hildreth was caught at long-off for 27 to give Joe Denly his only wicket (1-12 in two overs), Somerset looked to be heading for their third below-par total in three Blast games.
Abell had other ideas, reverse sweeping Qais Ahmad (0-40 in three overs) for successive fours in the ninth over before unleashing sixes off Ahmad and Darren Stevens as the scoring rate accelerated.
With Goldsworthy lending excellent support, Abell moved to his second Blast fifty of the season off 26 balls, with five fours and two sixes. He claimed another maximum off Stewart over deep square before falling in the same over,.
Goldsworthy hit Freddie Klaassen for a straight six before Stewart - Kent's best bowler with figures of 3-33 - had him caught at deep cover.
Kent’s reply got off to a bad start when the fourth ball saw Bell-Drummond caught at backward point off Craig Overton for one.
Denly (2) fell to Josh Davey with the score on 14, but Crawley collected two sixes off Overton in the fifth over and the powerplay finished with the Spitfires 56-2.
Goldsworthy’s left-arm spin was greeted with a four and a six by Crawley as he and Billings brought up a fifty stand in 27 balls. But the latter fell to a catch at wide long-on in the same over.
Leg-spinner Max Waller bowled Crawley in his first over for 48 from 23 balls, and followed up by having Jack Leaning stumped as Kent reached halfway at 89-5.
Darren Stevens, Stewart and Ahmad all fell cheaply and Jordan Cox’s 33 was a fine effort as he ran out of partners.
Two late run outs put Kent out of their misery and they were dismissed for 148 with two overs remaining.
Spitfires are back in action on Wednesday night when they visit Glamorgan.
Stewart said: "I suppose it is in the nature of T20 that no team are at their best every game.
"While we considered 180 a par score here, we fancied our batting line-up at the halfway stage, even chasing over 200.
"I was pleased to take some wickets and Zak Crawley was awesome with the bat, but overall it was a disappointing evening for us.
"We just have to regroup and come back stronger tomorrow against Glamorgan."