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Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Gayle plunders 15th T20 hundred

TAUNTON, England (CMC):

West Indies' Chris Gayle smashed an astonishing unbeaten hundred, but Somerset still slipped to a three-wicket defeat to Kent in the English T20 Blast here Sunday.

The left-hander carved out 151 not out off 62 balls - his 15th T20 century - as Somerset finished on 224 for seven, in pursuit of 228 for


Gayle dominated the innings, striking 10 fours and 15 sixes, en route to the third-highest individual T20 score in England.

Somerset began the last over needing 17 runs, but Gayle never got on strike until the third ball of the over, and his 14 runs off the remaining four deliveries was not enough.

Earlier, Sam Northeast slammed 114 off 58 balls with 16 fours and two sixes, while opener Daniel Bell-Drummond struck 51 from 31 deliveries to propel Kent to 228 for seven off their 20 overs.

Sammy misses hat-trick


West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy nearly grabbed a hat-trick as he helped Nottinghamshire defeat Durham by 15 runs in the English T20 Blast here Sunday.

Chasing Notts' 175 for seven, Durham came up short at 160 for six off 20 overs, with Sammy taking two for 31 from his four overs of medium pace.

His two wickets came off the two final deliveries of the 11th over when he removed Calum MacLeon, who made 32, and former England captain Paul Collingwood, who made 30, to break a threatening 47-run, third-wicket stand.

John Hastings then successfully negotiated Sammy's first ball of the 13th over, to deny him the hat-trick.

"I don't think I've ever taken a hat-trick. I've had two in two balls on a few occasions, so a hat-trick would have been nice, but the main thing was that we won with a team effort," Sammy said afterwards.

Double for Bridgmohan


Shaun Bridgmohan rode his second brace in as many days to remain in the hunt at Churchill Downs, with just under a month left in the Spring season.

The 35-year-old followed up his double on Saturday's programme with another on Sunday, scoring in race six with the favourite, Marine Landing, going six furlongs before also finding success in race nine with odds-on

bet Chide.

Bridgmohan lies fourth on 17 wins, four adrift of third-place Robby Albarado, who has 21 wins, after also striking twice on Sunday's ten-race card.

The top two remained unchanged, with Corey Lanerie leading with 25 wins, and Julien Leparoux one behind.