Kent in control at Taunton with help from Mitchell Claydon

• Day two: Somerset 171; Kent 84-2
• Journeyman Claydon snatches five for 46

As ever there has been much anticipation down in Taunton, mixed with exasperation that the start of Somerset’s season should be delayed by four sessions. A vibrant young side, augmented by a few thirty- and fortysomethings had the stoics, wrapped up in their overcoats in the Trescothick Stand, salivating. And then the cricket started.

Somerset were bowled out for 171 by Kent in 48 overs, losing their last six wickets for 41, an outcome that had some of the most tolerant fans in the country raising their eyebrows at the batting, and the naivety of their own burgeoning optimism. A few members may have gone on to the club’s Q&A with the coach and chief executive but they would have shunned the “where’s it all gone wrong?” question. It is still the first week in April.

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