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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Finals Day - Saturday 18th September

Kent's Jack Leaning and Jordan Cox celebrate after the match
Kent's Jack Leaning and Jordan Cox celebrate after the match
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Hampshire's Chris Wood is bowled
Hampshire's Chris Wood is bowled
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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Finals Day - Saturday 18th September

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Vitality Blast Saturday, September 18, 2021 – Final – Starts at 18:45

 Kent Spitfires  v Somerset

Kent Spitfires ended their 14-year wait for a piece of silverware as they beat Somerset by 25 runs to win the Vitality Blast 2021.

Homegrown 20-year-old Jordan Cox smashed 58 in 28 balls to fire the Spitfires over par with 167 for seven.

Cox’s outstanding fielding and spin twins Joe Denly and Qais Ahmed’s shared five for 50 stopped Somerset short and handed Kent their first Blast trophy since 2007.

The Spitfires looked in control throughout the Powerplay, having been stuck in, before Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly both fell to Roelof van der Merwe in consecutive deliveries.

Bell-Drummond’s pull to midwicket was a regulation catch but Tom Abell’s sprint back off the ring 20 yards towards the boundary before pulling out a full stretch over the shoulder dive was mind-blowing.

A slowing Edgbaston pitch made going tough for the batters as a large total looking almost out the question when Jack Leaning clubbed a slower ball to square leg to leave the Spitfires 111 for five with four overs to spare.

But Cox, who had fallen first ball in the semi-final, flared up in sensational style.

Having been 20 off his first 17 balls, before cutting Craig Overton to the boundary, he reached his half-century in 26 balls following a swivelled and then flicked sixes.

He rounded off the innings with pyrotechnics going six-four-four off Josh Davey to lift 56 in the last four overs, and Kent to just one fewer than their 168 vs Sussex earlier in the day.

The chase couldn’t have started much worse for Somerset as Tom Banton was stumped second ball and Lewis Goldsworthy skied to point – leaving them three for two.

Tom Abell and Will Smeed rebuilt with a risk-free 58-run stand and although the former was snared at backward point.

The latter continued but earned a life in bizarre circumstances; Cox completed a catch on the boundary but slide tackled by Bell-Drummond, who had slid into the boundary cushion. Third umpire Neil Bainton adjudged it not out and a six, although three balls later Cox caught Sneed for 43 without controversy.

Cox was back at it with an outrageous scurry around the raucous Eric Hollies Stand boundary, leap and palm off to Matt Milnes to affect the wicket of Lewis Gregory before van der Merwe pinged to cover – Somerset losing five wickets for 34 in the middle overs.

Somerset, for the 24th time in all competitions and fourth time in the Blast, were confirmed as runners-up when they failed to knock off an impossible 48 in the last over.


Squads

Kent - Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Alex Blake, Jordan Cox (wk), Joe Denly, Fred Klaassen, Nathan Gilchrist, Jack Leaning, Matt Milnes, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus ORiordan, Harry Podmore, Ollie Robinson, Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, James Logan, Oliver Robinson, Qais Ahmad, Zak Crawley, Sam Billings, Adam Milne, Heino Kuhn, Harry Finch, Dan Lincoln, Elliot Hooper, Matthew Quinn

Somerset - Lewis Gregory, Tom Abell (c), Kasey Aldridge, Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, Edward Byrom, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller, Lewis Goldsworthy, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, George Bartlett, Steven Davies

Lewis Gregory hopes Somerset can create a Vitality Blast dynasty despite their 25-run defeat to Kent Spitfires in the 2021 final.

Somerset have spent the last two campaigns giving first experiences to the likes of Will Smeed and Lewis Goldsworthy, with other homegrown talents Tom Banton and Tom Lammonby continuing their development.

Gregory said: “Last year we used this competition to have a look at a few guys and try and blood a few of the youngsters and given them a bit of experience. We’ve paid for that this year.

“The youngsters are putting in match-winning performances and to see the development and progression of them is really good to see.

“There are a few areas to iron out and get better at but over the next few years we have a real chance to be a dominant force in this format.”

Gregory was caught on the square-leg boundary after an outrageous piece of relay fielding from Jordan Cox and Matt Milnes.

The Somerset captain was naturally annoyed by the fielding, initially, but eventually applauded the athleticism on show.

“It peed me off to be honest!” Gregory said. “You see it day in and day out now with the calibre of fielders. The athleticism you see nowadays is special.

“As frustrating as it was for me it was an unbelievable piece of fielding. He has had a bit of a day out.

“It is disappointing to be on the wrong side of the result and unfortunately we didn’t bring our best stuff today. We were well short and were beaten by the better side.”

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Vitality Blast Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 1st Semi-Final

Hampshire v Somerset Starts at 11:00

Hampshire Hawks vs Somerset at Edgbaston

Hampshire Hawks 150 beat Somerset 153/8 by two wickets

Josh Davey produced heroics with the bat and ball to take Somerset to the Vitality Blast final – and continue Hampshire Hawks’ Edgbaston jinx.

Davey fired down four for 34, as Hampshire were restricted to 150 – with Joe Weatherley thrashing a career-best 71.

Somerset looked down and out at 34 for five but Tom Abell collected 50, Ben Green smashed 35 off 18 before Davey’s six and four in the final over got them over the line to face either Sussex or Kent.

Hampshire, who won the 2010 and 2012 editions of the Blast, have now lost all six semi-finals on this ground.

James Vince, having been stuck in, was dropped in the first over in Craig Overton’s follow-through but by the end of the third over both Hampshire’s openers had departed.

In his sophomore Blast appearance, Toby Albert scooped behind before Vince attempted a cut but feathered to keeper Tom Banton.

Tom Prest was bowled through the gate by Josh Davey to leave Hampshire 26 for three but just as Hampshire appeared to be collapsing into oblivion Weatherley erupted with two slog-swept sixes.

Somerset thought they had dismissed the right-handed batter when he skied but he quickly pointed out there were too many fielders outside the ring – to add insult to injury Liam Dawson dispatched the free hit for six.

Dawson was yorked by Ben Green before Lewis McManus feathered behind.

Weatherley continued his assault with boundaries straight down the ground and more maximums down the ground and over midwicket – bringing up his third T20 fifty in 38 balls.

James Fuller was run out and then Chris Wood clubbed two sixes off Marchant de Lange before he and Scott Currie were both bowled by Davey within three balls of each other.

Weatherley eventually departed for 71 when he holed out the penultimate delivery and Brad Wheal was run out off the final ball – Hampshire recovering to a creditable 150.

Like the Hawks, Somerset lost three wickets in the Powerplay. Tom Banton slogged to deep midwicket before Roelof van der Merwe and Will Smeed both slapped to mid-on.

A calamity run out, and good James Fuller work, accounted for Lewis Goldsworthy and then Mason Crane pinned Tom Lammonby lbw for a first ball duck – Somerset slumping to 34 for five.

Tom Abell and Lewis Gregory steadied things and took the score to 79 before the latter was castled by Dawson.

Abell continued and reached his fourth Blast half-century of the season in 34 deliveries but failed to add to the milestone when he clubbed to deep midwicket.

Green then turned the match on its head, taking Wheal and then Wood for three sixes but holed out with seven balls to go.

Somerset needed 10 from the final over, bowled by Wheal, and Davey eased the pressure by sticking the third ball over long-on before flicking off his toes for four to win it.

Squads:

Hampshire - James Vince (c), Kyle Abbott, Tom Alsop, James Fuller, Liam Dawson, Ian Holland, Chris Wood, Lewis McManus, D Arcy Short, Joe Weatherley, Bradley Wheal, Sam Northeast, Mason Crane, Scott Currie, Ryan Stevenson, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Prest, Toby Albert

Somerset - Lewis Gregory, Tom Abell (c), Kasey Aldridge, Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, Edward Byrom, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller, Lewis Goldsworthy, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, George Bartlett, Steven Davies

Joe Weatherley insists Hampshire Hawks don’t have an Edgbaston jinx despite losing a sixth Vitality Blast Finals Day semi-final at the ground.

The Hawks were downed by two wickets by Somerset having previously suffered defeats in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 in Birmingham.

When asked about a hoodoo Weatherley said: “It appears that way but I’m not sure that’s the case. We had a good practise session. The guys were relaxed.

“We did a lot right throughout the game, particularly with the ball we took wickets throughout. We were certainly confident when our spinners were bowling. Defending 46 off 3, we’d have backed ourselves nine times out of 10.”

Weatherley has had a breakthrough Blast for the Hawks; scoring a team-leading 410 runs, while scoring a breath-taking 71 in the semi-final - a personal career-best T20 score.

“I’ve enjoyed the tournament," Weatherley said. "It’s my first full competition. I’ve worked hard at my T20 game and I feel confident with it.

“I came in after we lost a couple of early wickets and learnt from the past of trying to put something back on the bowlers and forming those partnerships.”

Now the focus turns to Liverpool on Tuesday where Hampshire will be looking to secure their third LV= Insurance County Championship title and a first title since 1973 when they face Lancashire at Aigburth

“Next week is huge. We haven’t won the Championship for nearly 50 years. Given where we were in the Groups and the Quarter-Final, today was all about enjoying finals day.

“All the tension goes to Liverpool on Tuesday and it’s extremely exciting. We wanted to win the double but we’ve still got a trophy to win and we’re desperate to win that.”

Man of the match Josh Davey, who took four for 34 and hit the winning runs, said: “It was a great game but a lot of credit goes to Tom (Abell) and Lewis (Gregory). That partnership got us back into the game and kept us within touching distance with a chance.

“It’s never easy at the end if you keep wickets in hand. We were happy enough at the halfway point with that score and we were definitely confident we could chase it down

 

Vitality Blast Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 2nd Semi-Final

Kent Spitfires v Sussex Sharks Starts at 14:30

Sussex Sharks vs Kent Spitfires at Edgbaston

Kent Spitfires 168/8 beat Sussex Sharks 147 by 21 runs

 

Daniel Bell-Drummond’s finely crafted 82 spearheaded Kent Spitfires to a first Vitality Blast final since 2008 with a 21 run victory over Sussex Sharks.

Bell-Drummond struck his sixth half-century of the competition - two more than anyone else - and was accompanied by an unbeaten 47 from 45-year-old Darren Stevens which helped the Spitfires to set a challenging target of 169 for the Sharks.

A fantastic bowling performance, led by Fred Klaasen’s four-for, ensured that it would be Kent and not Sussex who would go on to face Somerset in the final.

Having chosen to bat, Kent lost Zak Crawley and Joe Denly to George Garton in the Powerplay, but quickly got out the blocks - including taking Tymal Mills for 18 off one over.

Bell-Drummond held the innings together with a superb knock which included seven fours and two sixes - one dispatching Mills over his head and the other smearing over midwicket - and brought up his half century in just 29 balls.

Across the 11th and 12th overs, Kent lost three wickets for one run in the space of five balls to slip from 93 for two to 94 for five. 

First, skipper Sam Billings also lost his leg stump to Ravi Bopara before Jack Leaning was clean bowled for a duck by Mills before Jordan Cox poked behind next ball.

Stevens left the hat-trick ball before accelerating the Spitfires with seven boundaries - although Bell-Drummond heaved to cow corner, Grant Stewart edged behind and Qais Ahmed was run out. Mills the pick of the bowlers with three for 33.

The Sharks never really looked threatening, losing wickets at regular intervals throughout their run chase.

Phil Salt edged behind off Fred Klaasen before Luke Wright dragged one on off the bowling of Matt Milnes. A stunning grab by Jack Leaning sprinting in from deep cover meant the end for Delray Rawlins and left Sussex with just 40 for three at the end of the Powerplay.

The Darren Stevens show continued as he got David Wiese to drag on with his first ball and just as Ravi Bopara was starting to look settled, he was bamboozled by a beauty of a delivery from Qais Ahmad to leave the Sharks reeling at 57 for five. 

George Garton threatened to winch open the game again with an explosive 23-ball 41 before he was caught at third man.

But Harrison Ward was caught, Tymal Mills castled by Matt Milnes, while Klaassen returned four for 17 when he rounded off the rout with the wickets of Chris Jordan and Archie Lenham.


Squads:


Sussex - Luke Wright (c), Will Beer, Ravi Bopara, George Garton, Henry Crocombe, Travis Head, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Delray Rawlins, Philip Salt, Aaron Thomason, David Wiese, Archie Lenham, Oliver Carter, Ollie Robinson, Mitchell Claydon, Harrison Ward

Kent - Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Alex Blake, Jordan Cox (wk), Joe Denly, Fred Klaassen, Nathan Gilchrist, Jack Leaning, Matt Milnes, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus ORiordan, Harry Podmore, Ollie Robinson, Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, James Logan, Oliver Robinson, Qais Ahmad, Zak Crawley, Sam Billings, Adam Milne, Heino Kuhn, Harry Finch, Dan Lincoln, Elliot Hooper, Matthew Quinn

 



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