Daniel Bell-Drummond smashes 82 and Fred Klaassen bags four wickets as Kent book their place in T20 Blast final against Somerset at Edgbaston
- Kent Spitfires beat Sussex by 21 runs to reach their third T20 Blast final
- Bell-Drummond struck the sixth biggest score in Twenty20 finals day history
- Somerset claimed a two-wicket victory over Hampshire with two balls to spare
Daniel Bell-Drummond struck the sixth biggest score in Twenty20 finals day history to help Kent to a showpiece match against Somerset at Edgbaston.
Bell-Drummond hit 82 via the contrasting combination of powerful striking and deft touches to propel himself into the competition’s top five runs scorers and haul his side to a total that proved 21 runs too many for a Sussex team missing their star man Rashid Khan.
After his departure, caught at deep midwicket off England star Chris Jordan, it was 45-year-old Darren Stevens who took up the mantle on his return to favour, having been overlooked for the quarter-final win last month.
Daniel Bell-Drummond top scored with 82, backed by an unbeaten 47 from Darren Steven
Stevens finished on 47 not out, from 28 balls, as Sussex were set a challenging 169 to win.
But regular wickets meant Luke Wright’s men were never in the chase: Fred Klaassen finishing with a career-best four for 17 and Matt Milnes chipping in with three for 22.
Earlier, Hampshire crashed to their fifth straight Edgbaston semi-final defeat since they last won the trophy in 2012 – in Cardiff.
They had switched to a fifth different finals day hotel for a change of luck and it appeared on the cards when Somerset required 45 from 16 deliveries, with just three wickets standing.
Fred Klaassen finishing with a career-best four for 17 as Kent beat Sussex by 21 runs
But Ben Green and Craig Overton swung sixes in quick succession off Brad Wheal and even the demise of the former in the penultimate over could not quell the momentum.
All had looked lost for Somerset at 79 for six but County Championship captain Tom Abell and Green, who led the Royal London Cup campaign, refused to buckle.
And number 10 Josh Davey completed the heist with two balls to spare when he followed is earlier four wickets with 15 from four deliveries – a crunched six over long on and another boundary off Wheal seeing things.
With 150 on the board, courtesy of a brilliant 71 by Joe Weatherley, Hampshire had a defendable score but defend it they did not