Final (N), Birmingham, Sep 18 2021, Vitality Blast
(20 ov, target 168)142/9
Kent won by 25 runs
Player Of The Match
58* (28)
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Jordan Cox seizes the night as Kent end their long wait for T20 glory

Vital half-century is followed by a tour de force in the field as Somerset are outmuscled

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Comms: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Kent167/7(20 overs)
Somerset142/9(20 overs)
Will Smeed43 (32)
Tom Abell26 (20)
Joe Denly3/31(4)
Qais Ahmad2/19(4)
end of over 2017 runs
SOM: 142/9CRR: 7.10 
Marchant de Lange8 (6)
Josh Davey16 (9)
Grant Stewart 3-0-28-1
Matt Milnes 3-0-17-1

10.04pm And with that, Billings trots over to hoist the trophy and begin the celebrations! Jordan Cox, with a trophy in one hand, a stump in the other, and a winner's medal round his neck, leads the celebrations. I think Kent will enjoy this one! Hope you have too... from Miller, Saurabh, PDP and Matt, and Paul Muchmore with his graphical wizardry, good night!

Ollie: "Finals day is the best day of domestic cricket out of any competition in the world..."

Time for some presentations

Samit Patel is named at Blast Player of the Year, which is another vindication for the old boys.

But the Player of the Match, unsurprisingly, is Jordan Cox. "Unbelievable, never thought I'd get the chance to do this, but today's the day. I was focussed on not getting another first-baller. Unfortunately it doesn't go down as my catch, but good to get the win. Great to be around the big dogs, an example to be around."

Lewis Gregory: "We didn't quite get it right with the ball, disappointing. A pretty youthful team, and a good experience to be involved in. The back has not been amazing, frustrating not to be fully fit, just a little bit of old age creeping in. The fans have been fantastic all year, it means the world to everyone."

Sam Billings: "A phenomenal team effort, even a whole different squad with a Covid squad, a credit to everyone, it's been a long time coming and it's for the fans as much as us. Consistency doesn't guarantee anything but winning breeds confidence. It's pulled off tonight. It's what we are about, giving young guys an environment to flourish. A credit to those guys, they work so hard at their game. And Darren Stevens, he's ridiculous, 45 years old, how's he not fed up with cricket! I won't be getting out of the kit for the whole night, get the families in and enjoy the night. It's for the whole squad."

9.49pm The "Stevo is God" flag flutters in the stands. Here's Joe Denly, another 2007 survivor. "It's been a long time coming, not quite got over the line, and to win it is incredible. I haven't completed four overs in a long time, Bilbo saw some turn and kept me on... Qais has been fantastic for us in the middle overs, a real threat." Rob Key slips in the fact that Denly ended up naked on a piano in the 2007 celebrations, "me and the coach, Matty Walker..." as you do!

Darren Stevens: "The boys have been outstanding the whole tournament, to turn it on for the last two games, I'm lost for words. These young lads keep me going, keep spurring me on, I love the game and I ain't gonna stop yet. Cox, he's a special talent, for a 21-year-old, so calm when I was batting with him, he's got a bright future ahead of him. The fans have been outstanding, it's been buzzing and it's not stopped." And off he goes to launch the celebrations.

9.40pm The fireworks go off, and Kent take the glory! Jordan Cox was simply outstanding, with the bat and in the field. And Darren Stevens, at the age of 45, has another trophy to confirm that he is actually the undead. Handshakes all round, and glee unconfined for Kent... not least Sam Billings, who flies out to the IPL tomorrow with vindication for his captaincy at the club.

For Somerset, it's a tough pill to swallow. The great nearly team of the era, they are second once again, like they were in the Bob Willis Trophy last season. They showed their spirit in the semi-final, but their form has nosedived at the business end of this season, and they never got close.

Gavin Clinch : "Kent thoroughly deserve to win the Vitality Blast. Brilliant. "

Sheldon Smith: "I was hoping for a closer game. But I am happy for Kent"

Shadow Play: "Start the tractor...good night Somerset. "

Stewart to de Lange, SIX runs

short, whacked into the stands, but who cares! High over midwicket, but Kent are already rushing towards the huddle in the middle! They have bossed the final as they bossed the semi, and they are T20 champions for the first time since 2007!

Stewart to Davey, 1 run

wide full toss, biffed to backward point... one ball to go!

This is all very muted...

Stewart to Davey, SIX runs

through the line, and dumped over the ropes at long-on! That'll cheer them up ...

Stewart to de Lange, 1 run

full length, back of the hand, outside off, cuffed to the on-side

Stewart to Davey, 1 run

thumped into the leg side, just the single. The champagne is on ice...

Stewart to Davey, 2 runs

back of a length, flogged to deep cover, a good diving stop to give some extra padding against dramatic no-ball shennanigans...

end of over 195 runs
SOM: 125/9CRR: 6.57 RRR: 43.00 • Need 43 from 6b
Marchant de Lange1 (4)
Josh Davey6 (5)
Matt Milnes 3-0-17-1
Grant Stewart 2-0-11-1

Shadow Play: " know nothing. Bowling is an art, Stevens, Anderson and others bowl with a lot of craft. It takes time to be that good. "

Milnes to de Lange, no run

nutmegged down the leg side, as de Lange makes room on the yorker and can't connect

Milnes to Davey, 1 run

shorter and sharper, a roundhouse pull, not timed as mid-on gathers

Peter: "A good week or so for Kent sport. " Have Gillingham won something?

Milnes to de Lange, 1 run

short, and top-edged into no-man's land! Two metres short of long-on

Milnes to de Lange, no run

a big swing and a miss. Nothing there

The puff has gone from this game, but that 15 minutes was worth the admission price!

Milnes to Davey, 1 run

wide on the crease, fired into the legs, gathered at deep square

Milnes to Davey, 2 runs

slower ball, low full toss, flashed to deep cover. The rate is above four a ball now...

Milnes is back for his third and final over

end of over 186 runs • 1 wicket
SOM: 120/9CRR: 6.66 RRR: 24.00 • Need 48 from 12b
Marchant de Lange0 (1)
Josh Davey2 (2)
Grant Stewart 2-0-11-1
Matt Milnes 2-0-12-1

Fergus McKiddie: "There's also the point that Darren Stevens is a pie chucker of the type that county cricket needs to get rid of if England are ever to recover as a Test team. Village trundlers should not be being given pitches to allow them to succeed!" Boo, someone burn the heretic!

Stewart to de Lange, no run

under-edged down into the crease, and hops over the stumps! Nearly...

Stewart to Davey, 1 run

back of the hand, good length, snicks the edge and Billings reacts smartly to scoop up the bouncing ball and cut off the boundary

Lakshmi: "Disappointing finals performance from Somerset..!! 15-minutes of rubbish cricket costed them the trophy..!!"

Stewart to Green, OUT

another one bites the dust! Wide of off, back of a length, another uncomplicated biff out to nowhere, and point backpedals to bring the trophy ever closer

Ben Green c Bell-Drummond b Stewart 9 (16m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75
Stewart to Davey, 1 run

back of a length, tapped out to point

Abdul M Ebrahim: "The difference is that Stevens never played for England and Anderson did play for England. Domestic cricket doesn't require the energy but the International cricket does. " You'd be surprised. More chance to be rested from the endless county grind when you are an international...

Stewart to Green, 1 run

bashed out to the deep, the boundaries have dried up now

Stewart to Green, 2 runs

lumped from a good length, a sliding stop at long-on to cut off the boundary

Stewart to Green, 1 wide

swinging away outside off. That'll help...

end of over 174 runs • 1 wicket
SOM: 114/8CRR: 6.70 RRR: 18.00 • Need 54 from 18b
Ben Green6 (9)
Josh Davey0 (0)
Matt Milnes 2-0-12-1
Darren Stevens 4-0-30-1

Sweet Caroline is firing up... is she the fat lady? I suspect she might be?

Milnes to Green, 1 run

back of a length again, using the pitch well here, and dragged down into the crease

Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossSomerset, elected to field first
SeriesVitality Blast
Player Of The Match
Jordan Cox
Jordan Cox
Series resultKent won the 2021 Vitality Blast
Match days18 September 2021 - night (20-over match)
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Martin Saggers
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Mike Burns
TV Umpire
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Neil Bainton
Reserve Umpire
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Graham Lloyd
Match Referee
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Wayne Noon
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