Tom inspires Somerset to first innings lead


Tom Lammonby continued the impressive form that he demonstrated in pre-season to help guide Somerset to a first innings lead over Kent in this Vitality County Championship Division One match at the Spitfire Ground.

The left-hander demonstrated some superb timing and shot selection and he made an eye-catching 90 from 185 balls as the visitors finished the day on 374 for seven on the third day, a lead of 90 with three wickets remaining.

There were also half centuries for James Rew (57), Kasey Aldridge (50*) and the returning Matt Renshaw (66) as Somerset overhauled Kent’s 284, but the amount of play lost due to the poor weather means that the draw seems the most likely result.

The hosts secured an early breakthrough when Sean Dickson (17) edged George Garrett to Jack Leaning for 17, but that was the only bright moment for the hosts during an otherwise joyless morning session that ended with Somerset on 108 for one.

After the break Renshaw, now in his third spell with the West Country side reached his 50 from 99 balls whilst Lammonby played with restrained elegance and reached his half century from 106 deliveries.

Matt Parkinson eventually made the breakthrough with one that spun viscously back into Renshaw’s middle stump. The partnership had been worth 117.

That was the only wicket to fall in the session though as Somerset reached tea on 202 for two.

Lammonby eventually fell at 217 for three when he was grabbed by Ben Compton at square leg after Parkinson.

Tom Banton smacked Garrett for six but was caught behind off the next ball for 28 and Lewis Goldsworthy fell to the new ball, driving Nathan Gilchrist to Joey Evison at extra cover for 35.

Lewis Gregory made just one when he cut Wes Agar to Daniel Bell-Drummond and at that point Somerset were on 255 for six, however, Aldridge and Rew shared a stand of 101 to take Somerset into the lead.

Rew eventually fell for 57, skying Leaning almost vertically before he was caught by Harry Finch.

Aldridge then brought up his half-century when he took a single off the final ball of the day from Leaning.