Vitality Blast: Kent Spitfires defeats Somerset in final as Jordan Cox reaches half-century of unbeaten ability and scores superb capture

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Vitality Blast: Kent Spitfires defeats Somerset in final as Jordan Cox reaches half-century of unbeaten ability and scores superb capture


Watch the best of the action from Vitality Blast Finals Day as Kent takes on Somerset.

Watch the best of the action from Vitality Blast Finals Day as Kent takes on Somerset.

Jordan Cox scored half a century of unbeaten ability before playing an extraordinary role as Kent Spitfires defeated Somerset by 25 points to claim his first Vitality Blast title since 2007.

Cox hammered 58 paces of 28 balls to save the Spitfires from a mid-inning crisis at Edgbaston and ensure they posted a competitive total of 167-7.

Somerset vs Kent scoreboard

Spinner Roelof van der Merwe took 3-19 for Somerset – who have now lost four T20 finals in a row, but looked on their way to breaking that streak after dropping to 61-2 in the ninth of their line.

However, they fell to 142-9. aided by Cox’s meteoric jump over the border to prevent a six for Somerset skipper Lewis Gregory and instead set up the catch for his Spitfires teammate Matt Milnes.

Batted, Kent got off to a steady rather than explosive start as Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond put in 44 of 32 – but the momentum changed once Somerset turned to Van der Merwe.

The spinner struck twice in as many deliveries, persuading Bell-Drummond to sweep him straight into the middle of the wicket before Joe Denly immediately handed him the charge and skied, with Tom Abell coming back from halfway to complete a magnificent catch. over his shoulder.

Tandem bowling with fellow left-hander Lewis Goldsworthy (1-27), Van der Merwe stemmed the flow of descents and, when Kent’s skipper Sam Billings led him to cover, the Spitfires suddenly stuttered at 52- 3.

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

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

A below-par total was still in play until Cox came to life in the final two overs, slamming Marchant de Lange for two sixes, then stripping 14 the last three balls of the inning to Josh Davey.

The blow boosted Kent’s morale – who soared even higher after just 11 balls of Somerset’s response as they reduced their opponents to 3-2.

Tom Banton went for a golden duck, puzzled as he lost his balance trying to pick Denly, then Goldsworthy misplaced Fred Klaassen at the back point, only for Will Smeed and Tom Abell (26 of 20) to do turning the pendulum back in favor of the West The countryside.

The pair both hit Denly for six and built a 58-of-40 partnership, ultimately broken when Qais Ahmad got Abell taken on the opposite side – and Smeed (43 of 32) followed shortly after an extraordinary incident.

Cox took a legitimate catch to rule out Somerset’s opener – but because he had made contact with fellow outfielder Bell-Drummond, who slipped into the limits cushion, the referees awarded a six instead .

However, Cox didn’t fumble for long – two balls later, Smeed skied a full throw from Denly and he again gobbled up the hold eagerly. But the Kent’s most eye-catching field game was yet to come.

Gregory’s side leg takedown Darren Stevens looked like a certain six – but Cox jumped over the limit and retrieved the ball for Milnes to complete the catch as Somerset collapsed. accelerated.

Denly finished with 3-31, Qais taking 2-19 and, although Davey and De Lange rallied late, there was nothing they could do to deny the Spitfires the trophy.

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