The 2021 Vitality Blast T20 Final will be contested between Somerset and Kent Spitfires on Saturday evening at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Somerset overcame Hampshire Hawks in Saturday’s first semi-final, winning by 2 wickets. Kent Spitfires proved too good for Sussex Sharks in the second semi-final. Read on as we preview this match. The final begins at 18:45 local time.
Somerset looked down and out against Hampshire Hawks in the semi-final before Ben Green, Craig Overton and Josh Davey got them over the line with the bat. They will feel they can win from any position. Kent Spitfires won the South Group and will be full of confidence against another of the teams they finished above in the group stage. They were very impressive against Sussex Sharks.
Match: Somerset vs Kent
Date: 18 September 2021
Time: 11:30 PM IST
Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground – Edgbaston, England
Where to watch live – Star Sports
The wicket is expected to have good bounce and carry, presenting an even contest between bat and ball. Fast bowlers are likely to get some assistance with the new ball. A minimum score of 170 is a must. This is not an easy pitch to bat on with 18 wickets falling in the opening semi-final. We expect a par score to be around 165-170.
Cloudy conditions with the temperature falling from 19 degrees to 17 degrees during the final. Conditions will mostly be sunny during the primary half of the sport. there’s no chance of rain also
Matches- 14, Kent – 9, Somerset – 5
Matches- 6, Kent – 4, Somerset – 2
Tom Banton— Somerset
Tom Banton the keeper-batsman will get an opportunity on the big stage to prove his doubters wrong. Do not rule out a big score from Banton In the Patriots’ penultimate association game, he scored a 52-ball 102 against the Somerset. From there on, he followed up the thump with a 39-ball 77 against Kent in the semis.
Matt Milnes- Kent
Matt Milnes is the only player to have taken a 4-wicket and 5-wicket haul in the 2021 competition. He is our recommendation for Kent’s top wicket-taker against Somerset.
Zak Crawley, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly (C), Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox, Alex Blake, Matt Milnes, Fred Klaassen, Oliver Robinson (Wk), Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart.
Philip Salt (wk), Luke Wright (c), Ravi Bopara, Delray Rawlins, Harrison Ward, Oliver Carter, Mitchell Claydon, Ollie Robinson, Will Beer, Tymal Mills, Archie Lenham.
This is Kent’s first appearance in the T20 Blast Final since 2008 when they lost to Middlesex whilst trying to retain the trophy from 2007. Strong batting with reliable bowlers has got them to this stage and they will fancy their chances of claiming the title. Kent Spitfires won the South Group and will be full of confidence against another of the teams they finished above in the group stage. They were very impressive against Sussex Sharks. Pacers Matt Milnes (18 wickets) and Fred Klassen (14 wickets) lead the bowling charts for Kent. Kent will miss the services of Sam Billings who is participating in the IPL. Denly will captain the side in his absence.
This match-up is a repeat of the 2009 Twenty20 Cup Final which saw Sussex beat Somerset by 63 runs at Edgbaston. The final was the first of three successive defeats in the final for Somerset between 2009 – 2011. Somerset’s only final win was in 2005 against Lancashire. Somerset looked down and out against Hampshire Hawks in the semi-final before Ben Green, Craig Overton and Josh Davey got them over the line with the bat. They will feel they can win from any position.
Kent has pretty good chance to win this match