Lancashire v Somerset, Twenty20 final 2005

Great day’s cricket – I’m liking Twenty20 more and more. The catching today has been outstanding – I can think of at least three very special catches, highlighting the quality of cricket on display. The gimmicks Twenty20 first provided have been lost to quality, high-class cricket – and who would have thought that? Having the semis and the final in one day is inspired – and I really think The Oval looks a spectacle tonight, with the new OCS stand and the lights. Twenty20 is a winner.

So Somerset dismissed Lancashire for just 114. Their big-guns, Flintoff and Symonds, both fell short – but Flintoff is steaming in now. Steaming. He looks as pumped-up and ferocious as he does in a Test – and has taken two of the three wickets to fall. Graeme Smith is still in for Somerset, who need 44 from 42. The cup is within their grasp.

Symonds coming on to bowl.

Update: all over, Somerset are the 2005 champions. Considering Lancs’ batting lineup, that is some effort. Twenty20 is here to stay, if you’ll pardon the tabloid-style pun!

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