The T20 Blast witnessed another exhilarating chase as Somerset emerged victorious in a high-scoring encounter against Sussex, winning by five wickets in a nail-biting last-over finish at County Ground, Hove.
Chasing a challenging target of 184 runs, Somerset got off to a solid start, propelled by an explosive cameo from Tom Banton. His quickfire innings set the tone for Somerset’s pursuit, while Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s effortless half-century ensured the team maintained their momentum. Tom Abell also contributed significantly to keep the tourists on track for victory. Although Somerset lost a few wickets towards the end, the outcome of the match was never in doubt. Lewis Gregory and Ben Green displayed composure under pressure, ensuring there were no last-minute twists in the game.
Earlier in the match, Ravi Bopara stole the spotlight with a scintillating knock of 88 runs off just 49 balls, featuring an impressive display of power hitting, including seven sixes. However, Bopara received limited support from his teammates, with Ali Orr’s brief cameo being the only other notable contribution. As a result, Sussex ended their innings with a total that fell short by at least 10-15 runs.
Sussex’s final score reached 183/8 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to Bopara’s heroic innings. Henry was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming three wickets for 50 runs. In response, Somerset showcased their batting prowess, reaching the target with just three balls to spare, finishing at 184/5 in 19.3 overs. Kohler-Cadmore’s impressive knock of 72 and Abell’s valuable contribution of 42 played crucial roles in Somerset’s successful chase. Mills stood out for Sussex, taking three wickets for 28 runs.