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Vitality Blast: Kent Spitfires beat Somerset in the final as Jordan Cox goes undefeated at half a century and prepares an impressive catch

Vitality Blast: Kent Spitfires beat Somerset in the final as Jordan Cox goes undefeated at half a century and prepares an impressive catch

Jordan Cox’s 58 who did not come off just 28 balls allowed Kent Spitfires to go 167-7 in the Vitality Blast final against Somerset, with Joe Denly taking 3-31 and Qais Ahmad 2-19 to restrict Somerset to 142-9 in answer in Edgbaston

By Ben Kosky

Final Update: 18/09/21 10:02pm

Jordan Cox shined an undefeated half-century before starring in an extraordinary fielding piece when Kent Spitfires outscored Somerset by 25 runs to secure his first Vitality Blast title since 2007.

Cox hit 58 not out of 28 balls to rescue the Spitfires from a slump at Edgbaston mid-inning and ensure they posted a competitive 167-7 total.

Spinner Roelof van der Merwe won 3-19 for Somerset, who have now lost four T20 finals in a row, but looked set to break that sequence after progressing to 61-2 in the ninth time of his reply.

However, they were down to 142-9. aided by Cox’s dazzling jump over the edge to avoid a six for Somerset captain Lewis Gregory, and instead set up the catch for his Spitfires teammate Matt Milnes.

Put in to bat, Kent made a steady rather than explosive start as Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond put on 44 from 32 – but the momentum shifted once Somerset turned to Van der Merwe.

The spinner struck twice in as many deliveries, persuading Bell-Drummond to sweep him straight to midwicket before Joe Denly gave him the charge immediately and skied it, with Tom Abell racing back from mid-off to complete a magnificent catch over his shoulder.

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

Crawley (41 from 33) did his best to hold the innings together, but he eventually pulled Goldsworthy into the hands of deep midwicket and it was left to Jack Leaning (27 from 29) and Cox to lead the Kent fightback.

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

At bat, Kent got off to a strong start rather than explosive when Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond completed 44 of 32, but the momentum changed once Somerset turned to Van der Merwe.

The roulette wheel struck twice in the same number of deliveries, persuading Bell-Drummond to take him straight to the middle of the field before Joe Denly immediately gave him the charge and dodged, with Tom Abell running from the middle of the field. field to complete a magnificent over-the-shoulder catch.

Van der Merwe stopped the flow of runs, and when Kent captain Sam Billings brought him into cover, the Spitfires suddenly stuttered at 52-3.

Crawley (41 of 33) did his best to keep the innings together, but ultimately put Goldsworthy in the hands of a deep midwicket and it was left to Jack Leaning (27 of 29) and Cox to lead Kent’s comeback.

A sub-par total still seemed to be on the cards until Cox came to life during the final two overs, hitting Marchant de Lange for two sixes and then knocking 14 of the last three balls out of Josh Davey’s innings.

That punch lifted Kent’s spirits, who soared even higher after just 11 balls from Somerset’s response as they cut their opponents to 3-2.

Tom Banton set off towards a golden duck, stumped as he lost his balance trying to lift Denly and then Goldsworthy tricked Fred Klaassen into aiming backwards, only for Will Smeed and Tom Abell (26 of 20) to drag the pendulum back in favor. from West. Countryside.

They both beat Denly by six and built a 58-of-40 partnership, which was eventually broken when Qais Ahmad caught Abell on the opposite side, and Smeed (43 of 32) followed shortly after an extraordinary incident.

Denly finished 3-31, with Ahmad winning 2-19 and although Davey and De Lange later recovered, they could do nothing to deny the Spitfires the trophy.

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