Kent vs Sussex, 2nd Semi-Final at Birmingham, T20 Blast, Sep 18 2021 - Match Result

RESULT
2nd Semi-Final, Birmingham, September 18, 2021, Vitality Blast
168/8
(19.1/20 ov, T:169) 147

Kent won by 21 runs

Player Of The Match
82 (51) & 2 catches
daniel-bell-drummond
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Scorecard summary
Kent 168/8(20 overs)
Sussex 147/10(19.1 overs)
4/17 (3.1)
22 (20)
3/22 (3)

5:26 pm So Kent will meet Somerset in the final in another hour or so. Sussex really missed Rashid Khan today. It is what it is. Meanwhile, the Darren Stevens Ultras will be glued to their phones to see if the ageless wonder can claim the title by the end of the night.

Sussex captain Luke Wright: "Obviously disappointed. DBD, it was actually quite tough at the top and he did quite well to get that big score and Stevo finishing it off, he's still going. It was probably always going to be just above par but losing early wickets made it very difficult."

Kent captain Sam Billings: "Stevo and DBD played phenomenally well to get up to a really good total and we closed it out really well. Generally the theme of T20 finals day is bat first but then at night it should slide on a bit better. We're just living in Darren's world aren't we?! He said at the quarterfinal when we dropped him, 'Just get me to finals day and I'll do it for you.' He's just a special cricketer. [DBD] was a high class knock and just showed us his experience today."

Player of the Match Daniel Bell-Drummond: "It's great to play here on finals day and get some runs as well so I really enjoyed it. I'm used to the big crowds coming off The Hundred but I know Kent hasn't been here for awhile. It's great to be back here for Kent's sake and hopefully we can go one more. The bowlers have been exceptional all tournament so I'm glad they carried on today and we have so much variety so I hope they can continue for the next game."

That's it for now. On behalf of Saurabh Somani, I'm Peter Della Penna. I'll be back later for the final with Andrew Miller. Coverage for that match will be getting underway shortly. Take care!

19.1
W
Klaassen to Lenham, OUT

it's all over! Kent are going to their first final since 2008! Slower ball short on the legs, Lenham flicks a pull high down the throat of deep fine leg. Qais jogs forward and takes this sliding on his knees 10 yards in from the rope. Klaassen holds arms aloft finishing with a four-for. Sussex's season is done.

Archie Lenham c Qais Ahmad b Klaassen 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 2m) SR: 50
end of over 198 runs • 1 wicket
SUSS: 147/9CRR: 7.73 RRR: 22.00 • Need 22 from 6b
Archie Lenham1 (1b)
Will Beer11 (9b 1x4)
Matt Milnes 3-0-22-3
Fred Klaassen 3-0-17-3

22 needed off the final over from Sussex.

18.6
1
Milnes to Lenham, 1 run

yorker at full pace this time, dug out to long-on for a single.

The teenager Archie Lenham arrives last man in.

18.5
W
Milnes to Mills, OUT

beautiful slower yorker! Takes the pace of this with a 69 mph delivery landing very very full on off stump. Mills is through his drive too early and off stump is knocked back.

Tymal Mills b Milnes 6 (4b 1x4 0x6 5m) SR: 150
18.4
1
Milnes to Beer, 1 run

slower bouncer on fifth stump, pulled gently to deep square leg.

18.3
1
Milnes to Mills, 1 run

back of a length follows Mills backing away from leg stump, flicked into midwicket and chased down by Milnes.

18.2
4
Milnes to Mills, FOUR runs

short on fifth stump, backs away from leg to cut this just wide of backward point for a much needed boundary.

18.1
1
Milnes to Beer, 1 run

good length ball on the stumps, tapped gently wide of the bowler chasing into midwicket.

Milnes for his third over.

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
SUSS: 139/8CRR: 7.72 RRR: 15.00 • Need 30 from 12b
Will Beer9 (7b 1x4)
Tymal Mills1 (1b)
Fred Klaassen 3-0-17-3
Grant Stewart 2-0-15-0

30 off 12 balls. Very doable with two recognized batsmen at the crease but not so much from a pair of tailenders.

17.6
1
Klaassen to Beer, 1 run

back of a length on fifth stump, taps this gently into midwicket.

17.5
1
Klaassen to Mills, 1 run

good length ball on fifth stump at 83 mph, slices this just short of Stewart at short third man, who can't convert this into a catch but does well to turn four into one.

17.4
1
Klaassen to Beer, 1 run

full and very wide, slaps this into extra cover on the ring.

17.3
W
Klaassen to Jordan, OUT

half-volley on fifth stump at 77 kph, Jordan miscues a slog trying to clear long-off. Simple catch floats to Bell-Drummond eight yards in from the rope, taken at waist height.

Chris Jordan c Bell-Drummond b Klaassen 13 (10b 0x4 1x6 19m) SR: 130
17.2
1
Klaassen to Beer, 1 run

good length ball outside off, punched gently into the off side to get Jordan on strike.

17.1
4
Klaassen to Beer, FOUR runs

short ball sits up on sixth stump, slapped firmly through mid-on and beats a man sliding to try to slap it back in.

Klaassen comes back around the wicket with his left-arm medium.

end of over 1710 runs
SUSS: 131/7CRR: 7.70 RRR: 12.66 • Need 38 from 18b
Chris Jordan13 (9b 1x6)
Will Beer2 (3b)
Grant Stewart 2-0-15-0
Matt Milnes 2-0-14-2
16.6
Stewart to Jordan, no run

good length ball a touch fuller than the previous one and tighter to off stump, Jordan misses a prod at this trying to steer a single through backward point.

16.5
6
Stewart to Jordan, SIX runs

length ball sits up on fifth stump at 73 kph, Jordan slaughters this high and deep 15 rows back into the stands over midwicket.

16.4
1
Stewart to Beer, 1 run

back of a length on off stump, flicked wide of mid-on.

16.3
Stewart to Beer, no run

short on sixth stump, toe slaps a pull to mid-on fielded on the ring as Jordan is sent back.

16.2
1
Stewart to Jordan, 1 run

short on fourth stump, pulls this off a bottom edge through midwicket.

16.1
2
Stewart to Jordan, 2 runs

back of a length on fifth stump, punches this off the back foot behind square for a pair.

end of over 169 runs • 1 wicket
SUSS: 121/7CRR: 7.56 RRR: 12.00 • Need 48 from 24b
Chris Jordan4 (5b)
Will Beer1 (1b)
Matt Milnes 2-0-14-2
Qais Ahmad 4-0-32-1
15.6
1
Milnes to Jordan, 1 run

back of a length on sixth stump, shuffles across to flick into square leg.

Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossKent, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Series resultKent advanced
Match days18 September 2021 - day (20-over match)
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Vitality Blast

North Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
NOTTS1492211.503
YORKS1375150.305
LANCS1475160.205
BEARS1476150.006
WORCS146614-0.629
LEICS146812-0.019
DURH145811-0.228
DERBS12479-0.326
NHNTS13489-0.871
South Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KENT1494190.657
SOM1484180.371
SUSS1463170.479
HANTS1465150.388
SUR1465150.332
GLOUC1466140.201
ESSEX145811-0.468
MIDDX14499-0.389
GLAM14398-1.371