Final (N), Birmingham, Sep 15 2018, Vitality Blast
(18.3/20 ov)158/5
Worcs won by 5 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
player of the match
Ben Cox
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• David Hopps

Brilliant Ben Cox takes Worcestershire to T20 title as calm Moeen Ali leads from the front

Moeen Ali starred with bat and ball and another outstanding spell from Pat Brown had held back Sussex's innings

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Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Sussex157/6(20 overs)
Laurie Evans52 (44)
Luke Wright33 (25)
Moeen Ali3/30(4)
Ed Barnard1/28(3)
Worcestershire158/5(18.3 overs)
Ben Cox*46 (27)
Moeen Ali41 (27)
Will Beer2/32(4)

9.53pm So, that wraps things up from Edgbaston. What an achievement for Worcestershire. Thanks for joining us tonight. From myself and Gnasher, plus Matt Roller, Paul Edwards and the team at the ground, good night. And don't forget to read David Hopps' match report before you head off. It'll be emotional.

Moeen Ali lifts the trophy for Worcestershire! Fireworks go off, though no champagne on this podium ... What a few weeks it's been for Mo. An England recall, a series win... an impending book launch too ... aha, there's the champers. Moeen has left the trophy to his man of the match, and out come the bubbles. It's been a stunning evening, another brilliant day. Who needs to tinker with this competition eh? Actually, don't answer that.

9.47pm Worcestershire's players step up to receive their medals before Moeen Ali takes the stage. Quite the venue for him to lift the trophy, the club where it all began for him. "It's my home innit," he says. "I was delighted, I was calm inside, I just knew we were going to win today."

"The quarter-final at home was a tough one mentally, and we won the crucial moments today. You try to give everything and show why you play international cricket. Credit goes to Bumpy Rhodes who brought these guys up."

9.39pm Time for some presentations.

Luke Wright: "We knew we were under-par, they bowled outstandingly. Credit to Worcestershire, they outplayed us. Our spinners were brilliant all tournament, Danny Briggs goes under the radar. I'm hugely proud of the boys, but unfortunately there has to be a loser."

"Both clubs are trying to do it the right way, bring young English players through. Days like this have to be good for the future if they want to play for England."

The Player of the Match is Ben Cox for his superb 46, and he was MoM in the semi too: "It's taken us 15 years to get here," he says. "Credit goes to those bowlers, 158 won it in the first half. Mo said this morning, Lancashire were simply in our way this morning, we were geared to the final. To do it out there, on the big stage like this, I'm just chuffed. Two performances, two Man of the Matches, I can't take it in. Browny's been outstanding in the whole comp, one of the finest death bowlers in the country and at 19-20 he's our go-to bowler."

Can we expect more from Worcestershire? "We've been building this for years now, this isn't just luck."

9.33pm Sweet Caroline is back, as Worcestershire bounce around with the Sky Sports selfie stick. And now Moeen gathers them round for a captain's chat. Can't imagine what needed saying there, but he's been a mighty leader today, with bat and ball.

Arf: "What a fantastic match! Watching from Bangladesh, 2:30 am the night before a working day, absolutely worth every minute of it. Couldn't be happier (especially with BD winning earlier). It's a shame the Blast doesn't have the same level of hype as the IPL, or even the BBL or CPL. Congratulations Worcs! Congratulations Moeen, Patty Brown, Ben Cox and all the others. Well deserved victory!"

Ed Barnard: "We've worked so hard for this, had a tough year in red-ball, but not a lot of people expected us to win this. We've never been here so didn't know what to expect, but the whole crowd has been amazing. Ben Cox has been brilliant all season and shown us what he can do with the bat. Moeen is so brilliant, so calm, so much belief in it. He's amazing."

Ben Cox: "Some days are good days, some days are bad days ... we won that in the first half. We grew up together, most of us, and have played a long time together. We'll enjoy a beer tonight and soak it in. We're never going to forget it."

9.30pm Absolute scenes as Pat Brown, one of the chief architects of Worcestershire's glory, leaps clean into the crowd to party with his mates.

9.27pm Handshakes all round, but hats off to Ben Cox ... a nerveless performance, taking his side deep into the chase before sealing it in a flurry! The youngest team in the competition, the first-time visitors to Finals Day, and they've seen off the best attack in the competition to win it.

Acey: "Watching Bumble sing along with the crowd while Nas just stands there judging everyone is probably the greatest thing I've ever seen"

Archer to Cox, FOUR runs

bouncer, battered, Worcestershire have romped to glory! Through backward square leg, no intercepting that, and the dug-out pile out to the middle in scenes of ecstasy!

Archer to Cox, SIX runs

oh Jofra, one mistake has cost 12 runs! Plinked over the leg side, into the stands. Worcestershire are on the brink!

Archer to Cox, (no ball) 4 byes

completely messed up! A fizzing beamer, a dangerous height, and it skids under the keeper too. That is massive... and a free hit coming up!

Archer to Barnard, 1 run

battered into the off-side

Hey Jude is on the tannoy. The crowd are utterly loving this

end of over 1814 runs
Worcs: 141/5CRR: 7.83 • RRR: 8.50 • Need 17 from 12b
Ben Cox36 (24)
Ed Barnard0 (1)
Chris Jordan3-0-29-0
Jofra Archer3-0-23-1
Jordan to Cox, 2 runs

right in the slot, a flog into the covers, eludes the back-pedalling short extra cover, and more valuable runs!

Rakesh Sampat: "One tight over for the bowling team and one big over for the chasing team, 6 ball's; that will swing the game so finely balanced BUT it could very well also maintain the status quo over the next 18 balls to take this into the final 6 balls with 10-12 required for the tightest of finishes."

Jordan to Cox, SIX runs

hooned over long-on! Stood and delivered, a proper connection, as Jordan misses his mark by a whisker! This is getting tasty now

Jordan to Barnard, 1 bye

reverses his stance for a swing to nothing. Beaten outside off, but superb awareness to scamper the bye to the keeper

Jordan to Cox, 1 run

so nearly drags on! A wide long-hop, banged into the deck, Cox has to reach for it, and misses his own timbers by a whisker

Jordan to Cox, FOUR runs

swept, low full toss, nailed! Beats short third man. That's crucial, an early blow in the over

Sweet Caroline rings out. Edgbaston is buzzing

Jordan to Cox, no run

attempted reverse dab, gets a connection, but not enough to beat the keeper

end of over 1711 runs • 1 wicket
Worcs: 127/5CRR: 7.47 • RRR: 10.33 • Need 31 from 18b
Ben Cox23 (19)
Ed Barnard0 (0)
Jofra Archer3-0-23-1
Tymal Mills3-0-26-0
Archer to Cox, 1 run

yorker, that's a superb finish. Dug out with aplomb

A bit of a pie from Archer, but how often does the bad ball pay off in this game? After consecutive boundaries, the pendulum swings again

Archer to Whiteley, OUT

full toss and Jordan clings onto a brilliant sprawling catch at long-on! But is this a no-ball on height... nope, I think that's okay, and no issues with the take. It's out!

Ross Whiteley c Jordan b Archer 14 (20m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.35
Archer to Cox, 1 run

nudged out to point

Archer to Cox, FOUR runs

clobbered high and hard through Jordan at mid-off! Superb from Cox, anticipated the fuller length, onto the front foot early, drilling through the line and it's to Jordan's credit that it was even considered a half-chance

Martin: "Re Moeen Doing what you do is what good players do. Adapting is what great players do. " It's just the way he plays, innit...

Archer to Cox, FOUR runs

reverse sweep! That's brilliant. Picked the slower ball early, and dabs so fine behind square. A key boundary

Archer to Whiteley, 1 run

round the wicket, very full length, wafted to the leg side

Here's Archer. This could be a decisive over

end of over 167 runs
Worcs: 116/4CRR: 7.25 • RRR: 10.50 • Need 42 from 24b
Ross Whiteley13 (15)
Ben Cox13 (15)
Tymal Mills3-0-26-0
Chris Jordan2-0-16-0
Mills to Whiteley, 1 run

hoisted urgently out to deep midwicket. A one-bounce gather for the sweeper. And though this partnership is bedding in, these two need to make it count with some boundaries soon...

Rakesh Sampat: "These modern captains have all but forgotten the art of using a "Pinch Hitter". Even though T-20 is a fast paced game, there is still room for the Pinch Hitter who can be used strategically at crucial periods of the game. A small gamble, if successful would bring a big reward. If Parnell was promoted to No:3 without the pressure of a tight chase and had landed a few blows, the game could have swung heavily in favour of the Worc's. " Trends change all the time. I can't keep up. I guess everyone is a pinch-hitter these days...

Mills to Cox, 1 run

attempted ramp, doesn't connect well, but it's a useful deflection. Keeper does brilliantly to pounce with one hand to his left

Mills to Whiteley, 1 leg bye

another ambitious wipe down the leg side, flicks the hip and short third man is on hand to limit the damage

Mills to Whiteley, no run

slower ball outside off, just slides through from back of a length. Never quite there for the slap through point

Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossSussex, elected to bat first
SeriesVitality Blast
Player Of The Match
Ben Cox
Ben Cox
Series resultWorcestershire won the 2018 Vitality Blast
Match days15 September 2018 - night match (20-over match)
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Alex Wharf
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Martin Saggers
TV Umpire
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David Millns
Reserve Umpire
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Mike Burns