County Championship: Lewis Gregory 11-53 match haul helps Somerset thrash Kent

Lewis Gregory
Somerset's Lewis Gregory is the joint leading wicket-taker in the Championship with 35 in five matches
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Spitfire Ground, Canterbury (day four):
Kent 139: Gregory 6-32 & 59: Gregory 5-21, C Overton 3-7
Somerset 169: Banton 63 & 30-0
Somerset (19 pts) beat Kent (3 pts) by 10 wickets

Lewis Gregory finished with a match haul of 11-53 at Canterbury as County Championship leaders Somerset hammered Kent by 10 wickets to record their fifth win in six Division One games.

In a match badly hit by poor weather, Somerset got the job done inside just four sessions to stretch their lead over Hampshire at the top to 26 points.

With Kent resuming on 24-2, Gregory took 5-21 to help dismiss them for 59.

Somerset openers Tom Abell and Azhar Ali then got to 30-0 in just 6.4 overs.

The visitors feared the rain would ruin any potential hopes of victory but they successfully dodged the showers. Having not taken the field until 13:45 before the final eight Kent wickets for just 35 runs inside 46 minutes.

Gregory was well backed by the rest of Somerset's four-man pace attack as they bowled out Kent for this season's lowest score in the County Championship, in a game in which England spinner Jack Leach did not bowl a single ball.

Kent start another home fixture on Monday when they host Division One's bottom club Nottinghamshire at Tunbridge Wells.

Treble-seeking Somerset, the One-Day Cup winners, now have 10 days off before facing Essex at Chelmsford.

Gregory was making his first appearance for Somerset since injuring his intercostal muscle in the win over Hampshire at Lord's.

He missed last week's trip to Guildford to play Surrey, but roared back here to take his haul of Kent wickets this season to 19 - over half his overall total - having enjoyed match figures of 8-44 when Somerset beat Kent at Taunton in April.

Kent vice captain Joe Denly:

"I'm obviously disappointed and the lads in general are slightly embarrassed by that performance. That display was certainly not acceptable. We've shared some hard words.

"Last year we were in a really good place, but this season has been a bit of a struggle so we need to be honest with ourselves.

"There's still a heck of a lot of cricket to be played but, if we think we can survive in Division One with performances like that, then we're probably kidding ourselves.

"To be realistic and honest with each other is the best way to go. I hope the boys respond in a positive way next week at Tunbridge Wells which is already looking to be a massive game."

Somerset skipper Tom Abell:

"We still felt there was plenty of time left in the game despite losing so much to rain and once again our bowling attack proved just how good they are.

"The boys really took onus this morning and bowled fantastically well. To dismiss them for 59 was testament to that group.

"Lewis will take the plaudits for getting 11 in the match, and rightly so, he was magnificent. But they all work so well together, I'm so lucky as a captain to have those four guys running in for me.

"It was difficult to bat out there. We'd have liked a slightly bigger lead than 30. But, within that total, Tom Banton was phenomenal once again, to get 60 under those circumstances."

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