Kent gave themselves a probability of marking their Division One return with a triumph on a day at Taunton.

These were restricted to your lead, after resuming on 84-2, mustering just 209 out.

Le Gregory (3-26) and Craig Overton (3-46) bowled beautifully, but the Kent attack was just as powerful.

James Hildreth and marcus Trescothick went and Mitch Claydon took 3-30 until Somerset recovered to 171-7 at stumps.

Two of the veterans of the county match were pitted against eachother since 42-year-old Darren Stevens bowled to Trescothick, 43, plus it was the Kent all rounder who came out on top, trapping the former England batsman lbw.

Hildreth followed, caught supporting in Stevens’ second over, and at 32-4, it appeared as if Somerset were in danger of falling before Steve Davies (3 9 ) and Tom Abell included 5 8.

Both dropped to Claydon, who bowled Gregory but Craig Overton and George Bartlett revived the hopes of Somerset having an unbroken stand of 60.

Bartlett steered the day’s ball to the border to reach 35 not out, with Overton on 27.

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