Kent skipper hails Cox "magic"

19 September 2021 22:23:22 GMTPlus11
Sam Billings has hailed Jordan Cox's exploits on Saturday

Kent captain Sam Billings has paid tribute to the "magic" of youngster Jordan Cox after the Spitfires lifted the T20 Blast trophy at Edgbaston on Saturday.

The 20-year-old produced a brilliant all-round performance to help Kent beat Somerset in the Blast final and Billings will be hoping for more silverware as a member of the England squad for next month's Twenty20 World Cup.

To do it on a big stage like that is truly special.

Sam Billings

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Kent, the 2007 T20 champions, beat Sussex by 21 runs in the semi-final thanks to 82 from opener Daniel Bell-Drummond and 47 not out from veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens.

Cox stars at Edgbaston

Cox bagged a first-ball duck in that game but made up for it in the final as his unbeaten 58 off 28 balls dragged the Spitfires to a competitive total of 167-7.

He then caught Somerset's top scorer Will Smeed on the boundary before setting up Matt Milnes for a spectacular relay catch to dismiss the dangerous Lewis Gregory. 

Asked about Cox's heroics in the final, Billings told reporters: "He's been our best player this year in the T20 Blast. At times he's played a completely different knock where he's just needed to get his head down and then you've seen his raw ability that we all see.

"To do it on a big stage like that is truly special, not to mention his fielding as well. He's our gun fielder. Moments like that change the game, Lewis Gregory is incredibly dangerous and a bit of magic with the bat and in the field has been the difference."

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