Tom Lammonby hundred helps Somerset end day one
After failing to reach three figures in all 12 previous games, the 23-year-old opener hit 109 off 151 balls, including 16 fours.
In his first Championship appearance of the season, Lewis Goldsworthy made 70 not out and contributed to a second-wicket stand of 132.
After bowling 11.2 overs for 30 runs, Michael Hogan, 42, limped off disconsolately with what looked like a hamstring or thigh injury.
With the pitch green and the floodlights on under overcast skies, Kent’s bowlers had ideal conditions when they took the field at 13:45 BST, with play initially being reduced to 63 overs.
As a result of leaving out their specialist spinners, the visitors’ seam attack failed to capitalize on any movement, allowing Lammonby and Abell to make a positive start.
Somerset have long struggled to score first-innings runs, but Lammonby and Abell together brought up a half-century stand in the 14th over, the former hitting a fluent fifty off 52 balls, with ten fours.
As their partnership reached 73, Abell edged a loose shot to Tawanda Muyeye at first slip after playing a loose shot to an Arafat delivery wide of off stump.
Having spent most of the season in the second XI, Goldsworthy batted higher in the order than usual and helped Lammonby build on their promising start.
In 31 overs at tea, the pair produced another half-century stand off 83 balls, both producing an array of attacking shots.