On Saturday the twenty20 finals day were held. In the first semi-final Lancashire batted first against Gloucestershire and made 148 in their 20. In this form of cricket that is hardly ever good enough and Gloucestershire ambled home in just under 17 overs with Craig Spearman earning himself the man of the match award for smashing 86 in 55 balls. This innings included 5 sixes and 8 fours.
The second semi-final contest was slightly closer as Kent made hard work chasing down 141 set by Sussex. Murray Goodwin made the top score of 38 off 35 helping Sussex post 140. Ryan Mclaren managed to pick up 1-10 in 2 overs. On the batting side both Martin van Jaarsveld and Mclaren failed with each scoring 2 runs. However Kent were through to the final and there was still time for a South African to shine.
Kent decided to field first and chase down the Gloucestershire total, which would have been massive until the dreaded nelson came up. At 111-4 it seemed like the was little hope for Kent, but the curse struck and with it Ryan Mclaren removed the danger man Hamish Marshall for 65 off 49 balls. Not satisfied with sending the danger man to have a shower, he clean bowled their keeper the next ball, then trapped Fisher in front for the cherry on top and a HAT TRICK. This helped break the momentum Gloucestershire had and restricted them to 146.
Kent didn’t want the crowd to be bored by the game and managed to just scrape home with 3 balls left, after some controversy about the captain, Key’s dismissal. For obvious reasons Ryan Mclaren was made man of the match.
In every game, the side batting second won, and all the totals were under 150. It seems a game where it is much easier to chase than to set!!!