T20 Blast: Kent stars as Jordan Cox to finish the title
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Sun Sep 19 2021
T20 Blast:Kent star Jordan to finish title, Kent clinch his second T20 Blast title for the first time in 14 years with a superior all-round show in the final against Somerset, beating them by 25 runs on Saturday .
Jordan Cox was the star with the bat, playing an unbeaten 58 not out at the end of his stuttering innings to propel them to the defense of 167, but pulled off a few acrobatic catches in the field to make it a night to remember.
With Jordan asked to bat first, Kent did not have the best start when Roulof van der Merwe took three wickets early as they slipped to 44 without loss of 52 for 3 in 13 balls. Zack Crowley started the recovery with 41 off 33, but it was Cox who stole the limelight.
After Zack Crowley departed, he shared a 36-run partnership with Jack Leaning to revive the innings before taking full curb. Cox hit three sixes and as many fours in his 28-ball 58, 38 in his knock, which came in the last three alone, as Kent made 118 for 5 after 17 overs and more confidently approached 167/7. Went.
Somerset themselves lost two wickets in the powerplay, with Joe Denly removing Tom Banton for a first-ball duck of his first three wickets in the night. Will Smeed and Tom Abell made improvements through a 58-run stand for the third wicket, which Cox’s acrobatics agreed to put their chase back on track before putting the momentum forward for good in Kent’s favor.
The first was a controversial decision that hit Smeed for a six. Jordan pulled off a stunner at deep square leg when Smeed was dismissed for 37, attempting to slog-sweep Denly. However, teammate Daniel Bell-Drummond collided with his body the next second in the accompaniment of the ropes.
After deliberations between the three arbiters and the match referee, six awards were given to Smeed.Cox and Denly, however, allied again after three balls as Smeed bowled a low full toss, with the former completing a clean catch.
Cox then pulled another amazing grab over the midwicket fence, before passing to Matt Milnes as Lewis Gregory was also trying to sweep Darren Stevens.
A wicket that triggered an artificial collapse. The next four all fell for single-digit scores, making the recovery almost predictable. Tell hit a six each, delaying the essential as Somerset eventually fell 25 short.
Brief team scores :- Kent 167/7 in 20 overs (Jordan Cox 58*, Zak Crowley 41; Roelof van der Merwe 3-19) beat Somerset 142/9 in 20 overs (Will Smeed 43; Joe Denly 3) -31, Qais Ahmed 2 -19) by 25 runs.