Sublime one-handed catches above your head seem to be the order of the weekend in the NatWest T20 Blast!
– Arron Lilley the unfortunate party – and Kent’s Jimmy Neesham claimed a cracker at short midwicket to dismiss Somerset’s Steven Davies on Saturday afternoon.
Somerset, , had smashed 35 runs from the opening 2.3 overs after being inserted by the visitors, with Davies bagging 17 of them.
The former Surrey man looked to go big again next ball but New Zealander Neesham stuck out his right-hand to pouch the left-hander in superb style off the bowling of compatriot Adam Milne.
Somerset batsman Marcus Trescothick, watching the action in the Sky Sports commentary Pod, said of Neesham’s catch: “It was game-changing.
“Davies was in great form, having scored a hundred against Surrey in the County Championship this week, so a catch like that altered the momentum of the innings.”
Pacer Milne went on to scoop 5-11 – the best figures for Kent in T20 cricket – as Somerset were skittled for 149 in 18.5 overs, the hosts’ top scorer, James Hildreth (36), among his victims.
Sam Billings’ unbeaten 56 off 36 deliveries then eased Kent to their target in 18.3 overs, the England man biffing three sixes and as many fours, with his third maximum nailing his 11th T20 half-century.