Sam Billings    Getty Image
Sam Billings Getty Image

Kent Spitfires beat Somerset for the 11th successive time as they emerged victors by five runs in a high-scoring thriller at Canterbury to book their quarter-final berth in this year’s Vitality T20 Blast.

With their place in the quarter-finals already booked, Somerset opted to field after winning the toss. Kent, in turn, posted their highest short-format score against Somerset and equalled their best ever T20 total, matching their record score of 231/7 against Surrey at The Oval in 2015. Kent skipper Sam Billings led the run spree with an unbeaten 57 from 35 balls.

Chasing a huge total of 232 at 11.55 an over, Somerset lost the wicket of Johannes Myburgh early on to T20 debutant Grant Stewart. They needed 82 runs from the last five overs but despite some late clubbing by Tom Abell they were found wanting in the final analysis.

However, it must be accepted that Somerset chased with heart throughout, and needed a six off the last ball to tie. Mitch Claydon sent down a near-perfect yorker to seal the triumph for Kent in the end.

Brief Scores:

Kent 231 for 5 (Billings 57*, Blake 42) beat Somerset 226 for 5 (Hildreth 45, Davies 45, Gregory 44*) by five runs