The highlight of the domestic season is now upon us with Kent, Somerset, Northants and Sussex all eyeing Twenty20 glory at Edgbaston in todays Twenty20 Cup Finals day.
With the action promising to be quicker than a gunfighter at the O.K. corral fans can look forward to a fantastic day of entertainment. With Bucking Broncos, the Mascot Derby, DJs, dancers and much, much more this promises to be a wild west day to remember.
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The first team to ride into town is the Sussex Sharks who will journey from the south coast to face the Steelbacks of Northamptonshire in the first semi-final shoot-out. With four of the Steelbacks bowlers (I. Harvey, N. Boje, AJ Hall & JJ van der Wath) each taking 12 wickets this season and young gun David Willey bagging 10 wickets (each costing 9.70rpw) at an economy rate of 4.85rpo Sussex’s batsmen, led by Dyane Smith and Chris Nash, will have to be quick off the draw to see off Northants wild bunch bowling attack.
The Sharks also have an excellent record with the ball and will be relying on the sharp shooting of leading wicket taker James Kirtley (13 wkts) and death bowler Yasir Arafat (11 wkts). Both will be ably supported by Sussex’s skipper Michael Yardy who has taken 12 wickets at an economy rate of 5.46 and Rory Hamilton-Brown who finished with figures of 4-15 in the Sharks quarter-final win over the Warwickshire Bears.
With the saloon doors still swinging from the first semi-final encounter the Somerset Sabres and Kent Spitfires will stroll into town looking to claim the last place in this years dusk final.
The Spitfires, led by Rob Key, will be looking to carry on the form that saw them emphatically defeat the Durham Dynamos in the quarter-finals. Top run scorer Martin van Jaarsveld will be looking to add to his 316 runs scored so far in this year’s competition whilst Kent will be relying on Darren Stevens, with an impressive strike rate of 142.34 this season, to add rapid fire runs.
Kent’s bowlers will have to be at their most accurate as they come up against a posse of Somerset batsmen will have plundered runs throughout this year’s competition. Leading the way is top gun Zander de Bruyn with 336 runs. But, with a strike rate in excess of 150 and a top score of 69 not out the big-shooting Somerset talisman Marcus Trescothick promises to be the man to watch.