Cricket: Somerset captain Abell still hopeful

PUBLISHED: 08:01 08 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:01 08 April 2019

Tom Abell in batting action for Somerset

Tom Abell in batting action for Somerset

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Somerset captain Tom Abell believes all results are still possible in their County Championship Division One opener with Kent at Taunton.

After seeing the first day of the 2019 campaign washed out, Abell fell one run short of a half-century as Somerset were dismissed for 171.

Lewis Gregory (3-26) and Craig Overton (3-46) shared the bowling honours as Kent were dismissed for 209 on Sunday, but the home side slumped to 32-4 and 111-7, before George Bartlett (35 not out) and Overton (27 not out) put on an unbroken 60 runs to take their lead into three figures.

Abell admits his side have not been at their best, but is hoping they can make Kent’s run chase as difficult as possible on Monday.

He said: “We bowled really well today (Sunday), but unfortunately we have not been anything like our best with the bat in this game and that has given us a lot of work to do.

“George Bartlett and Craig Overton have kept us in the game with their stand at the end of the day and we need to build on that.

“Last season we managed to dig ourselves out of some tough positions and I am looking for the same here.

“The pitch will continue to do a bit for the bowlers and all results are still possible.”

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