Somerset emerged victorious against Essex by 14 runs in an exhilarating final match of the Vitality Blast 2023 at Edgbaston. The match showcased thrilling performances from both teams, but it was Somerset’s bowlers who ultimately sealed the win for the eventual champions.
Asked to bat first, Somerset started their innings with a moderate total of 145 runs for the loss of ten wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Sean Dickson was the standout performer for Somerset, scoring a brilliant half-century of 53 runs off just 35 deliveries, supported by seven boundaries. Tom Banton (20) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (19) also made valuable contributions to the team’s total. Among the Essex bowlers, Shane Snater was the pick of the bunch, claiming three wickets for a mere 13 runs in his quota of four overs. Paul Walter and Daniel Sams also contributed well with three and one wickets, respectively.
In reply, Essex struggled to find momentum and lost wickets at regular intervals. Despite some brief contributions from Adam Rossington (19) and Daniel Sams (45), they couldn’t build significant partnerships to anchor the innings. Matt Henry proved to be the hero for Somerset with a remarkable bowling spell, claiming four crucial wickets for just 24 runs in his 3.3 overs. Lewis Gregory (2 wickets) and Ish Sodhi (3 wickets) also played vital roles in restricting Essex’s run chase. Essex’s innings ultimately came to an end at 131 runs in 18.3 overs, losing the summit clash by 14 runs. Henry’s exceptional bowling performance earned him the well-deserved ‘Player of the Match’ award.
With this victory, Somerset clinched their second Vitality Blast 2023 title. Notably, the team previously were crowned champions 18 years ago in 2005.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Somerset Cricket 🏆 (@SomersetCCC) July 15, 2023
Matt Henry might be the best overseas signing we’ve ever made. Ish Sodhi might be the best emergency overseas signing anyone’s ever made
— Will 🚾 (@ohlookitswill_) July 15, 2023
— (@Suvhu0854) July 16, 2023
Matt Henry is genuinely one of the best bowlers I’ve ever seen at one level below international cricket. Crazy that he’s not a top international bowler.
— Niall 🇺🇦 (@Crusty_Crouton) July 15, 2023
Matt Henry (14* & 3/19) and Ish Sodhi (1/31) show Somerset low scoring game thrilling 24 runs victory with a winning wicket from Matt Henry in the T20 Blast semi-final against Surrey.
Best of luck Somerset in final. pic.twitter.com/nmqnyAQG11
— 🇳🇿 (@NZcricketfans) July 15, 2023
SOMERSET ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF VITALITY BLAST 2023 🏆
— Don Cricket 🏏 (@doncricket_) July 16, 2023
Essex needed 15 in 10 balls with a wicket remaining and Daniel Sams on strike:
Tom Kohler-Cadmore takes an absolute stunner to win the Vitality Blast for Somerset. pic.twitter.com/PnkvQUppnU
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 16, 2023
Somerset are the Vitality Blast Champions 2023 🙌❤️
Absolutely deserving, they have put some brilliant efforts! Lots of credits to Caotain Gregory, he played a crucial role thoroughout. Proud of you Gregs!
Happy for Somerset Boys 🥰
— The two Ws ❤️ (@cric_insane) July 15, 2023
Congratulations to Somerset ccc on winning the vitality t20 blast fully deserved as they’ve been the best team in the tournament this year 🎉👏🎉
— KingShanks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@ColossusVirgil4) July 15, 2023
— Alex Evans (@AlexEvans487) July 15, 2023
Lewis Gregory of Somerset lifts the Vitality Blast T20 with teammates after the Vitality Blast T20 Final between Essex Eagles and Somerset.
A well deserved champion, played like a champion.#T20Blast #T20FinalsDay #Edgbaston #INDvsWI #ENGvAUS #Ashes23 #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/KD8YIDIL2P
— Arslan Malik (@ArsalMalik32714) July 16, 2023
PLAYER OF THE #FINAL is Matt Henry for his brilliant bowling he 4 wickets for 24 runs in 3.3 overs
— Ehsan Umer (@EhsanUmer7) July 15, 2023
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