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    Lammonby's 90 runs put Somerset ahead of Kent
Lammonby's 90 runs put Somerset ahead of Kent
Lammonby was one of four half-centurions in Somerset's first innings. Source: Getty Images

Lammonby's 90 runs put Somerset ahead of Kent

Kent and Somerset appear to be heading for a draw in the Vitality County Championship at Canterbury. The visitors reached 374 for 7 at stumps on day three, with Tom Lammonby scoring 90 and Matt Renshaw 66.

Despite an early evening wobble, the visitors overtook Kent's first innings score of 284. Kent debutants Matt Parkinson and George Garrett took 2 for 116 and 2 for 61 respectively. However, a stand of 101 between Kasey Aldridge and James Rew gave Somerset a potentially useful lead of 90.

Aldridge remained unbeaten on 50, while Rew scored 57 before being dismissed in surreal circumstances due to a delay caused by a rogue mobility scooter.

The match was likely to end in a draw after 119 overs were lost to the elements on the first two days. If Kent wanted to push for a win, they needed to take advantage of the new ball.

Sean Dickson was on four when he edged Wes Agar between second and third slip, but both Daniel Bell-Drummond and Jack Leaning went for the catch and neither could hold on.

Dickson failed to capitalise, edging Garrett to Leaning for 17, but that was the only positive moment for the hosts during an otherwise uneventful morning session that ended with Somerset on 108 for 1.

Lammonby played with controlled elegance, although he reached his fifty with a fortuitously edged four off Garrett.

Renshaw was dropped on 58 off Parkinson when Joe Denly failed to catch a diving chance at mid-on. Parkinson broke through in his next over with a ball that spun viciously from outside off and hit Renshaw's middle stump.

If that was the only wicket of the afternoon session, Parkinson's unbroken 25-over spell offered home fans hope that this season might offer more than the toil of the previous campaign.

He occasionally bowled a bad ball but always looked likely to make something happen. In the second over after tea, he deceived Lammonby into a shot that was caught by Ben Compton at square leg.

A brief collapse occurred when Tom Banton hit Garrett for six but was caught behind off the next ball for 28. Lewis Goldsworthy also fell to the new ball, driving Nathan Gilchrist to Joey Evison at extra cover for 35.

Lewis Gregory was dismissed for just one run when he cut Wes Agar to Daniel Bell-Drummond. At that point, Somerset's score was 255 for 6. Aldridge and Rew took advantage of some average fielding to push Somerset into the lead, resulting in their first score of over 300 in the first innings of a summer since 2014.

The late evening's torpor was epitomised when a man on a mobility scooter meandered in front of the sight screens. Rew was dismissed on the very next ball, as he skied it almost vertically before being caught by Harry Finch.

Aldridge reached his half-century by taking a single off the final ball of the day from Leaning.

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