By News Team
Last Updated: 15th September 2021
After a whole host of frantic T20 action, we’re finally down to the last four in the Blast as we get set for the thrills and spills of Finals Day from Edgbaston.
Saturday’s action will see Hampshire and Somerset as well as Kent and Sussex compete in the semi-finals ahead of the grand final, and we’ve previewed the action below.
Hampshire Hawks v Somerset
Saturday’s bumper day of action from Edgbaston gets going with the first semi-final as Hampshire Hawks and Somerset face off for a place in the final. It’s not the first time that these two have met, with the duo having clashed twice earlier in the season in the Southern Division group stage, with Somerset winning the first one by seven wickets and Hampshire the second by 75 runs. That initial victory for Somerset helped them go on to finish second in their group, ahead of Hampshire who finished in fourth. It’s perhaps of little surprise then to see Somerset as the favourites heading into this last-four clash. They are priced at 8/11 for the victory, with Hampshire 11/10 for the win.
Key to Somerset’s progress through the tournament has been Will Smeed, who is the side’s leading run scorer in the T20 Blast this term with 327 runs. James Vince has top-scored for Hampshire with 371 this term, yet it’s Somerset who are the favourites to be the team with the top batsman in the fixture at 4/5, while Hampshire are Evens. Following Somerset’s seven wicket victory over Lancashire Lightning in the quarter-finals, they are the joint 5/2 favourites to go all the way this weekend and lift a second T20 Blast trophy. Hampshire are the least fancied of the four sides at 3/1.
Kent Spitfires v Sussex Sharks
There’s a very distinctive southern flavour to Saturday’s action, with the second semi-final of the day also involving two sides from the tournament’s Southern Division group stage in Kent Spitfires and Sussex Sharks. While Somerset finished second in the group, it was Kent Spitfires that finished on top, with Sussex in third. Despite finishing the lower of the two sides, it was actually Sussex that won out by four wickets when these two met previously. As a result, it’s Sussex who head into this one as the 8/11 favourites, with Kent at 11/10 for the victory.
Key to Sussex’s win that day was Luke Wright’s 39 runs from 29 balls, with Wright having been his side’s top run scorer in the competition this season with 360. Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond has bettered that total with 392 runs so far this term, but it’s Sussex who can be backed as the 4/5 favourites to finish up with the highest scoring batsman in their semi-final. Kent are Evens in the same market. With Sussex fancied to overcome Kent in this clash, they are priced as the joint 5/2 favourites to go all the way alongside Somerset. Kent, meanwhile, are 11/4 to win a second title.