THE weather looks to have ruined the chances of there being any chance of a result from Somerset’s final home game against Kent at Taunton, but it looks like they might have at last found a solution to their opening batting problem.

On Tuesday, after being asked to bat first on a rather green looking wicket, the Cidermen’s opening partnership of Tom Lammonby and Tom Abell put on 73, which is the highest of the season.

For the majority of the 2023 campaign, Lammonby has shared the opening duties with Sean Dickson, but his wife has just given birth so he was stood down and Abell stepped up to take his place.

While Kent didn’t have the strongest of attacks in the championship for the first time this season the openers gave the Cidermen a decent start, before Abell was out for 20 which came off 46 deliveries.

Lammonby was then joined by Lewis Goldsworthy, who seems to have been waiting in the wings for too long this season and the pair of them added 132 for the second wicket before the former was out for 109.

The left hander’s century was his first of the season and the sixth of his career and came from 151 balls and included 16 fours.

With the score on 205 for two Somerset had got themselves into a good position and by the time the rain put paid to any further play Goldsworthy had moved onto 70 off 115 balls while Andy Umeed, another who has been knocking on the door, ended not out four.

With Tom Banton restored to the line up yet to bat it will be interesting to see who the selectors choose to leave out if Dickson is available for the final match of the season which is against Warwickshire at Edgbaston starting on Tuesday, September 26, at 10.30am.