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Taunton trip could be too tough for Kent

Somerset can secure fifth T20 Blast home win on the spin

Somerset's James Hildreth clips into the leg side during the reverse fixture at Kent
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Somerset v Kent
Sky Sports Cricket, 4pm Saturday

Kent hosted Hampshire in the T20 Blast on Friday night before making a long trek to Taunton where Somerset should be backed to claim the South Group points.

Somerset’s home form in the Blast has been excellent, keeping them in the hunt for a place in the quarter-finals, and in their last four matches on their own patch they have beaten ante-post favourites Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Middlesex.

Kent won the reverse fixture impressively, chasing down a target of 181 in just 16.3 overs, but that was one of only two victories in their last seven outings.

When their batting clicks it can be brilliant – they nailed a target of 206 against Surrey for the loss of only two wickets early in the campaign – but middle-order collapses have cost them too frequently this summer.

Somerset are full of confidence at home as they demonstrated against Surrey last time out, recovering from 46-5 to 158-6 in a four-wicket victory.

Surrey’s classy bowlers don’t often let teams off the hook but James Hildreth’s cool unbeaten 45 and the lower-order hitting of Roelof van der Merwe and Craig Overton saw Somerset home with ten balls to spare.

After a rare Friday night off, Jim Allenby’s men will be raring to go as they pursue a fifth straight home win and Kent may struggle to end the hosts’ run.

Leicestershire are 7-4 for a home victory over Yorkshire in the North Group.

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Somerset are full of confidence at home as they demonstrated against Surrey last time out, recovering from 46-5 to 158-6 in a four-wicket victory
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