Vitality Blast Finals Day: James Vince, Lewis Gregory, Sam Billings, Luke Wright vie to lift T20 trophy

Watch Vitality Blast Finals Day live on Sky Sports, starting with the first semi-final between Hampshire and Somerset starting at 10.30am on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event; Kent plays Sussex in the second semi-final starting at 2.30 pm for a chance to reach the final, live on Sky Sports starting at 6.30 pm

James Vince’s Hampshire will meet Lewis Gregory’s Somerset in the opening semifinal on Saturday

Four captains. A goal.

Who will lift the Vitality Blast trophy on the day of the finals? Hampshire Hawks’ James Vince, Somerset’s Lewis Gregory, Kent Spitfires’ Sam Billings, and Sussex Sharks’ Luke Wright give us the lowdown on their sides …

The opening semifinal sees Hampshire Hawks’ Vince, a two-time Vitality Blast winner and the man who led Southern Brave to victory at the opening of The Hundred, faces off against Somersault, a team blessed with a variety of powerful hitters and skippered by Gregory, who will play as a batter only as long as he continues to recover from injury.

“Confidence is high; the spirit of the group plays a fundamental role [in successful T20 sides] In addition to having high quality players; One thing we certainly have in our dressing room is a great conviction that we can win from any position.

“Obviously it’s been a while since the quarterfinals and the group stages were a few weeks before that, so neither team has been playing T20 cricket recently. We haven’t been here for a few years so I’m really looking forward to playing. “. We have a mix of old and young and a lot of character.

“I feel in reasonable contact; it’s been a good summer so far from a good winter last year so I hope it continues and can have an impact. The Hundred was really good, we couldn’t have expected it to be better.

“This is one of the best places to play cricket in England, period. You just have to enjoy the day, which is one of the best days of the year for county cricket.”

“Three weeks ago we had a fantastic night against Lancashire at home in the quarters, in front of a full crowd, which was amazing and it’s been a pretty disappointing three weeks with the form of the Championship, but Finals Day gives the guys a little buzz and refreshment, everyone is very excited.

“We have done things very well with the bat and the ball at the right moments; we have been quite clinical at all times. [players like Tom Banton, Tom Abell, Tom Lammonby] they have a lot of exuberance and power; Many of them have grown up playing T20 cricket, playing all shots and are used to doing it in the park.

“For us, playing in Taunton, you have to execute to the death, otherwise you can disappear on a good surface and a small playing field and I think the addition of Marchant de Lange has been huge for us; he has closed innings and games.for us with the ball brilliantly.

“We have made a conscious decision this year to spend much more time on our death bowling as a group of players and I think we have seen the fruits of that, being quite clinical.”

Only Vince (371) has scored more runs than Joe Weatherley (339) pictured in this season’s Vitality Blast.

The pits of the second semifinal Kent Spitfires, who have not picked up a white ball trophy since 2007 when they won the Twenty20 Cup, against Sussex sharks – a county determined to gift outgoing stars Phil Salt and Chris Jordan a trophy send-off …

“The quarter-final stage has been an obstacle for us; we have been on the wrong side of some and the positive is to carry it forward; it is a very good experience to come out of those great games on the other side as a team.

“Finals Day has been tough to come by, but that’s just a taste of where we’ve evolved as a team – the group has taken a few years to move forward and get the experience it takes in those big games.

“This is close to the best Kent T20 team I’ve ever been a part of, off-road terms I think it is. It’s a shame we don’t have Adam Milne, who in my opinion is one of the best bowlers in the world. death around the world in recent years, but we have depth and guys who can step in.

“We have been threatening [to win a white-ball trophy] for quite a long time, so as a guy who has been with the club since he was eight years old, it would mean everything to win. “

“It saddens me to see Phil and Chris leave; they have been two great artists for us. We want to go out with them with a trophy; there is no question of their commitment to us this season. It is something that the club must take into account. How can we not be losing our best players all the time.

“Obviously we have a good chance to win, like all four teams; obviously we are at our strongest point this year, maybe, compared to next year. Does that mean we can’t come back here next year competing? Absolutely not”. Does it make it more complicated? Yes, but you just have to find a different way.

“It’s been a really tough season, which I suppose it will always be for that young team, but the club wants to be really young right now in four-day cricket – that’s a process that’s going to be difficult.” on the road sometimes. I feel sorry for some of those young guys. I couldn’t imagine not having top level players around me when I started my career. They’re having some really tough lessons, but there’s some real talent there, which is really exciting.

“Tymal [Mills] He came into the season with a very serious injury, but he did very well for us and stood out on The Hundred; The progression he has made with his bowling and his performances in the great moments has been very important to him. “

Vitality Blast Finals Day 2021 supports the players ‘charity: Professional Cricketers’ Trust. Saturday 18 September will be a fundraising and awareness day for the Trust on one of the most important days of the national calendar in Edgbaston. Visit bit.ly/DonateFinalsDay To discover more. To donate £ 10 to PCT text CONFIDENCE for 70085.

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