SOMERSET CCC lose by 25 runs to Kent Spitfires in the 2021 Vitality Blast Final.

It was a disappointing end to a long T20 season for Somerset and for the fourth time in their history the boys from Taunton were confirmed as runners up in the Blast.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl first, a plan to force Kent Spitfires straight back into bat with little rest from their match.

Seemingly it worked, with Somerset limiting them in the early overs and then Roelof van der Merwe took two wickets in his first over leaving Kent 2/57 off seven overs.

But homegrown Kent player Jordan Cox lit up the final, scoring 58 in just 28 balls to help fire his side to 167-7.

Opener Zak Crawley also performed well with the bat, scoring 41 off 35, he helped steady the innings in the powerplay.

The chase couldn’t have started much worse for Somerset as Tom Banton was stumped second ball and Lewis Goldsworthy was removed shortly after, leaving them three for two.

Tom Abell and Will Smeed did steady the ship with a 58 run partnership but they did not take many risks, which they were made to pay for when Abell was caught at backward point.

Smeed continued but earned a life in bizarre circumstances; Cox completed a catch on the boundary but slide tackled by Bell-Drummond, who had slid into the boundary cushion. Third umpire Neil Bainton adjudged it not out and a six, although three balls later Cox caught Sneed for 43 without controversy.

Cox was back at it with an outrageous scurry around the loud Eric Hollies Stand boundary, he lept high and passed the ball on to teammate Matt Milnes to help take the wicket of Lewis Gregory.

Shortly after Roelof van der Merwe pinged to cover and was out, in a spell where Somerset lost five wickets for 34.

Somerset showed some real spirit in the semi final, which was the game of the day in fairness, however they could not seal the deal and once again are runners up.