The short boundary at The Spitfire Ground can be mighty dangerous for bowlers if you get it wrong. That's exactly what happened to Birmingham Bears against Daniel Bell-Drummond. The Kent Spitfires opener targeted it on three occasions with the slog sweep, and nailed it every time. He made 53, before...
...some remarkable awareness from Jake Lintott! Bell-Drummond was backing up when Sam Billings struck a ball straight back at the non-striker's end stumps. Lintott recovered the ball and leapt to remove the remaining stumps. Exceptional work from the left-arm wrist-spinner.
It looked a tough pitch to score on in Canterbury, and so it was important someone get in and get themselves going. Step up Kent captain Sam Billings, who found himself with 16 from 14 but accelerated and finished with 56 from 37. It was by no means the most fluent of knocks but Billings read the situation and took charge to get his team up to a very competitive total.
Kent's 162 was more than enough to earn them a place at Finals Day. Runs on the board worked in their favour - despite Birmingham winning the toss - and with the wickets of Adam Hose and Chris Benjamin in the Powerplay, the visitors couldn't get going. Jake Lintott eventually did, scoring 41 - more than he'd scored in all T20 matches previously - but it was too little, too late for the Bears.
To Finals Day!
So we have our semi-finalists, and for the first time in the history of the Blast, we have an all-South Group Finals Day!