One-Day Cup: Kent edge past Somerset by two runs
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Taunton|
|Kent 383-7 (50 overs) beat Somerset 371-8 (48 overs) by two runs (D/L)|
Somerset fell agonisingly short of a remarkable victory over Kent in a high-scoring One-Day Cup match at Taunton.
Chasing a revised 374 from 48 overs, Tim Groenewald and Alfonso Thomas put on 103 for the ninth wicket to take Somerset to the brink of victory.
However, needing 15 off Mitchell Claydon's last over, they only managed 12 and lost the match by two runs.
Earlier, Sam Northeast (132) and Sam Billings (135no) helped Kent post 383-7, a 50-over record for the county.
Northeast and Daniel Bell-Drummond (61) put on 117 for the first wicket, before Billings hit 17 fours and five sixes from the final 17 overs to set Somerset an imposing target.
Kent fell one run short of equalling their highest ever score in one-day cricket - their best was in 1994 when they made 384-6 against Berkshire in a 60-over competition.
Doug Bollinger dismissed Marcus Trescothick with the fourth ball of Somerset's reply, but Nick Compton (56) and Alex Barrow (54) kept the home side in the game.
Thomas (49 not out) and Groenewald (52 not out) came together at the end of the 39th over, hitting 14 fours and two sixes between them to keep the pressure on Kent, but they were unable to prevent Somerset slipping to their first defeat in three group games.
Kent wicketkeeper/batsman Sam Billings:
"That was one of the best games of cricket that I have ever played in.
"It was unbelievable stuff. I probably wouldn't be saying that if Somerset had taken four off the last ball, but it just kept on ebbing and flowing right until the end.
"I had one of those days where you think you can hit every ball for six and thankfully for me it came off.
"I have come into a good bit of form and I just kept on going with it and it was a lot of fun."