Vitality Blast: Kent Spitfires beat Somerset in ultimate as Jordan Cox hits unbeaten half-century and units up gorgeous catch



Jordan Cox’s 58 not out from simply 28 balls enabled Kent Spitfires to put up 167-7 within the Vitality Blast ultimate in opposition to Somerset, with Joe Denly taking 3-31 and Qais Ahmad 2-19 to limit Somerset to 142-9 in reply at Edgbaston

Final Up to date: 18/09/21 10:02pm

Jordan Cox raises his bat following his quickfire half-century for Kent Spitfires at Edgbaston

Jordan Cox raises his bat following his quickfire half-century for Kent Spitfires at Edgbaston

Jordan Cox blazed an unbeaten half-century earlier than starring with a rare piece of fielding as Kent Spitfires overcame Somerset by 25 runs to safe their first Vitality Blast title since 2007.

Cox hammered 58 not out from 28 balls to rescue the Spitfires from a mid-innings droop at Edgbaston and guarantee they posted a aggressive whole of 167-7.

Somerset vs Kent scorecard

Spinner Roelof van der Merwe took 3-19 for Somerset – who’ve now misplaced 4 T20 finals in a row, however regarded on track to snap that sequence after progressing to 61-2 within the ninth over of their reply.

Nevertheless, they subsided to 142-9. aided by Cox’s dazzling leap on the boundary to stop a six for Somerset skipper Lewis Gregory and as an alternative arrange the catch for Spitfires team-mate Matt Milnes.

Put in to bat, Kent made a gradual slightly than explosive begin as Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond placed on 44 from 32 – however the momentum shifted as soon as Somerset turned to Van der Merwe.

The spinner struck twice in as many deliveries, persuading Bell-Drummond to comb him straight to midwicket earlier than Joe Denly gave him the cost instantly and skied it, with Tom Abell racing again from mid-off to finish a powerful catch over his shoulder.

Bowling in tandem with fellow left-armer Lewis Goldsworthy (1-27), Van der Merwe stemmed the movement of runs and, when Kent skipper Sam Billings drove him to cowl, the Spitfires had been instantly stuttering at 52-3.

Crawley (41 from 33) did his greatest to carry the innings collectively, however he ultimately pulled Goldsworthy into the fingers of deep midwicket and it was left to Jack Leaning (27 from 29) and Cox to steer the Kent fightback.

Roelof van der Merwe took three wickets to put Somerset in a strong position before the Spitfires rallied

Roelof van der Merwe took three wickets to place Somerset in a powerful place earlier than the Spitfires rallied

A below-par whole nonetheless regarded on the playing cards till Cox got here to life through the ultimate two overs, slamming Marchant de Lange for 2 sixes after which taking 14 off the final three balls of the innings from Josh Davey.

That knock lifted Kent’s spirits – which rose even greater after simply 11 balls of the Somerset reply as they diminished their opponents to 3-2.

Tom Banton departed for a golden duck, stumped as he misplaced his steadiness making an attempt to choose Denly after which Goldsworthy miscued Fred Klaassen to backward level, just for Will Smeed and Tom Abell (26 from 20) to pull the pendulum again in favour of the West Nation aspect.

The pair each struck Denly for sixes and constructed a partnership of 58 from 40, ultimately damaged when Qais Ahmad had Abell caught on the off aspect – and Smeed (43 from 32) adopted quickly after following a rare incident.

Cox took a legit boundary catch to dismiss the Somerset opener – however as a result of he had made contact with fellow fielder Bell-Drummond, who slid into the boundary cushion, the umpires awarded a six as an alternative.

Nevertheless, Cox was not fuming for lengthy – two balls later Smeed skied a Denly full toss and he eagerly wolfed up the catch once more. However the Kent participant’s most eye-catching piece of fielding was but to return.

Gregory’s leg-side pull off Darren Stevens regarded a sure six – but Cox leapt on the boundary and clawed the ball again for Milnes to finish the catch as Somerset’s collapse gathered tempo.

Denly completed with 3-31, with Ahmad taking 2-19 and, though Davey and De Lange rallied late on, they might do nothing to disclaim the Spitfires the trophy.

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