Player of the Match
Player of the Match

9.53pm So, that wraps things up from Edgbaston. What an achievement for Worcestershire. Thanks for joining us tonight. From myself and Gnasher, plus Matt Roller, Paul Edwards and the team at the ground, good night. And don't forget to read David Hopps' match report before you head off. It'll be emotional.

Moeen Ali lifts the trophy for Worcestershire! Fireworks go off, though no champagne on this podium ... What a few weeks it's been for Mo. An England recall, a series win... an impending book launch too ... aha, there's the champers. Moeen has left the trophy to his man of the match, and out come the bubbles. It's been a stunning evening, another brilliant day. Who needs to tinker with this competition eh? Actually, don't answer that.

9.47pm Worcestershire's players step up to receive their medals before Moeen Ali takes the stage. Quite the venue for him to lift the trophy, the club where it all began for him. "It's my home innit," he says. "I was delighted, I was calm inside, I just knew we were going to win today."

"The quarter-final at home was a tough one mentally, and we won the crucial moments today. You try to give everything and show why you play international cricket. Credit goes to Bumpy Rhodes who brought these guys up."

9.39pm Time for some presentations.

Luke Wright: "We knew we were under-par, they bowled outstandingly. Credit to Worcestershire, they outplayed us. Our spinners were brilliant all tournament, Danny Briggs goes under the radar. I'm hugely proud of the boys, but unfortunately there has to be a loser."

"Both clubs are trying to do it the right way, bring young English players through. Days like this have to be good for the future if they want to play for England."

The Player of the Match is Ben Cox for his superb 46, and he was MoM in the semi too: "It's taken us 15 years to get here," he says. "Credit goes to those bowlers, 158 won it in the first half. Mo said this morning, Lancashire were simply in our way this morning, we were geared to the final. To do it out there, on the big stage like this, I'm just chuffed. Two performances, two Man of the Matches, I can't take it in. Browny's been outstanding in the whole comp, one of the finest death bowlers in the country and at 19-20 he's our go-to bowler."

Can we expect more from Worcestershire? "We've been building this for years now, this isn't just luck."

9.33pm Sweet Caroline is back, as Worcestershire bounce around with the Sky Sports selfie stick. And now Moeen gathers them round for a captain's chat. Can't imagine what needed saying there, but he's been a mighty leader today, with bat and ball.

Arf: "What a fantastic match! Watching from Bangladesh, 2:30 am the night before a working day, absolutely worth every minute of it. Couldn't be happier (especially with BD winning earlier). It's a shame the Blast doesn't have the same level of hype as the IPL, or even the BBL or CPL. Congratulations Worcs! Congratulations Moeen, Patty Brown, Ben Cox and all the others. Well deserved victory!"

Ed Barnard: "We've worked so hard for this, had a tough year in red-ball, but not a lot of people expected us to win this. We've never been here so didn't know what to expect, but the whole crowd has been amazing. Ben Cox has been brilliant all season and shown us what he can do with the bat. Moeen is so brilliant, so calm, so much belief in it. He's amazing."

Ben Cox: "Some days are good days, some days are bad days ... we won that in the first half. We grew up together, most of us, and have played a long time together. We'll enjoy a beer tonight and soak it in. We're never going to forget it."

9.30pm Absolute scenes as Pat Brown, one of the chief architects of Worcestershire's glory, leaps clean into the crowd to party with his mates.

9.27pm Handshakes all round, but hats off to Ben Cox ... a nerveless performance, taking his side deep into the chase before sealing it in a flurry! The youngest team in the competition, the first-time visitors to Finals Day, and they've seen off the best attack in the competition to win it.

Acey: "Watching Bumble sing along with the crowd while Nas just stands there judging everyone is probably the greatest thing I've ever seen"

18.3
4
Archer to Cox, FOUR runs, bouncer, battered, Worcestershire have romped to glory! Through backward square leg, no intercepting that, and the dug-out pile out to the middle in scenes of ecstasy!
18.2
6
Archer to Cox, SIX runs, oh Jofra, one mistake has cost 12 runs! Plinked over the leg side, into the stands. Worcestershire are on the brink!
18.2
2bnb
Archer to Cox, 6 no balls, completely messed up! A fizzing beamer, a dangerous height, and it skids under the keeper too. That is massive... and a free hit coming up!
18.1
1
Archer to Barnard, 1 run, battered into the off-side

Hey Jude is on the tannoy. The crowd are utterly loving this

END OF OVER:
18 | 14 Runs | Worcs: 141/5 (17 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 8.50)

  • Ben Cox36 (24b)
  • Ed Barnard0 (1b)
  • Chris Jordan3-0-29-0
  • Jofra Archer3-0-23-1
17.6
2
Jordan to Cox, 2 runs, right in the slot, a flog into the covers, eludes the back-pedalling short extra cover, and more valuable runs!

Rakesh Sampat: "One tight over for the bowling team and one big over for the chasing team, 6 ball's; that will swing the game so finely balanced BUT it could very well also maintain the status quo over the next 18 balls to take this into the final 6 balls with 10-12 required for the tightest of finishes."

17.5
6
Jordan to Cox, SIX runs, hooned over long-on! Stood and delivered, a proper connection, as Jordan misses his mark by a whisker! This is getting tasty now
17.4
1b
Jordan to Barnard, 1 bye, reverses his stance for a swing to nothing. Beaten outside off, but superb awareness to scamper the bye to the keeper
17.3
1
Jordan to Cox, 1 run, so nearly drags on! A wide long-hop, banged into the deck, Cox has to reach for it, and misses his own timbers by a whisker
17.2
4
Jordan to Cox, FOUR runs, swept, low full toss, nailed! Beats short third man. That's crucial, an early blow in the over

Sweet Caroline rings out. Edgbaston is buzzing

17.1
0
Jordan to Cox, no run, attempted reverse dab, gets a connection, but not enough to beat the keeper

END OF OVER:
17 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | Worcs: 127/5 (31 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 10.33)

  • Ben Cox23 (19b)
  • Ed Barnard0 (0b)
  • Jofra Archer3-0-23-1
  • Tymal Mills3-0-26-0
16.6
1
Archer to Cox, 1 run, yorker, that's a superb finish. Dug out with aplomb

A bit of a pie from Archer, but how often does the bad ball pay off in this game? After consecutive boundaries, the pendulum swings again

16.5
W
Archer to Whiteley, OUT, full toss and Jordan clings onto a brilliant sprawling catch at long-on! But is this a no-ball on height... nope, I think that's okay, and no issues with the take. It's out!

RA Whiteley c Jordan b Archer 14 (20m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

16.4
1
Archer to Cox, 1 run, nudged out to point
16.3
4
Archer to Cox, FOUR runs, clobbered high and hard through Jordan at mid-off! Superb from Cox, anticipated the fuller length, onto the front foot early, drilling through the line and it's to Jordan's credit that it was even considered a half-chance

Worcs 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st61MM AliJM Clarke
2nd1MM AliTC Fell
3rd18MM AliBL D'Oliveira
4th10MM AliOB Cox
5th36RA WhiteleyOB Cox
6th32OB CoxEG Barnard