LEWIS Gregory hailed the spirit within the Somerset camp after his superb five-wicket haul inspired a 74-run victory in their County Championship opener against Kent in Taunton.

The all-rounder took 5-18 from 13 overs in Kent's second innings as the visitors were skittled for 131 in pursuit of 206 to win.

His scalps included a wicket with the first ball of the innings and he admitted afterwards it was up there with his best performances for the county.

"A few years ago the wicket taking potential was always there but there was a lot of loose stuff with that," he said.

"I think that was the best game I've had for Somerset in terms of control.

"Fortunately we kept finding the edge and the fielders were good enough to take them.

"To win from the position we were in shows the character in our dressing room.

"The wicket with the first ball continued the momentum we built with the bat and Brooksy [Jack Brooks] getting Renshaw early was a massive wicket - we've all seen what he can do.

Brooks also played a key role with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 35 from 31 balls as part of a 62-run final wicket stand with George Bartlett which helped swing the pendulum in Somerset's favour.

The Somerset debutant said: "I put a lot of value on my wicket.

"I hate batting 11 but I have a job to do down there and I'm going to come off now and again.

"A lot of credit goes to George. For a young lad to play like that on a juicy wicket where no-one else made 50 is pretty special.

"Good teams find a way to win," Brooks added.

"We were up against it for the majority of the game and it has been a bit of a kick up the backside in showing us we still have some way to go.

"We are good enough to challenge and we have to believe we are good enough."