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Spitfires crash out of cricket's millions

PUBLISHED: 15:41 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

Rob Key

Rob Key

THERE were thrills and spills in the action-packed Twenty20 Cup finals but Kent County Cricket Club saw their hopes of scooping a potential $6 million jackpot dashed. In what was the club s third consecutive appearance in the 20-over competition s show

THERE were thrills and spills in the action-packed Twenty20 Cup finals but Kent County Cricket Club saw their hopes of scooping a potential $6 million jackpot dashed.

In what was the club's third consecutive appearance in the 20-over competition's showpiece finale, they suffered heartbreak at the semi-final stage with a seven-wicket reverse at the hands of Somerset.

And by not making it past the South Westerners, the Spitfires missed out on a place in October's lucrative inaugural Twenty20 Champions League tournament in India - which features a $6 million prize for the winning side.

The Kent fans were in fine voice in the early stages, having flocked from across the county to Edgbaston, in Birmingham, in huge numbers to support their team.

However, they were silenced by a magnificent solo effort from ex-England star and Somerset opening batsman Marcus Trescothick, whose 56 from 32 balls helped Somerset record a seven-wicket triumph over Kent.

Father and son Owen and Graham Wood, 11 and 50 respectively, and Bradley Wilson, 11, travelled up to the second city from Meopham, near Gravesend.

Owen, who plays for Southfleet Cricket Club along with Bradley, said: "I thought the atmosphere was great. There are lots of fun things to do, but it is all about the cricket for me."

His dad Graham added: "It was a decent game and was tight towards the end, but it's just a shame Kent didn't quite make it."

David Lambourne, 22, from Chislehurst, s aid: "It's been a brilliant day. I've had the chance to see one of my heroes in Marcus Trescothick knock out my beloved Kent, but we'll come back next year stronger. I've come down with a load of mates from south London and we've had a great time, drinking Pimms in the sunshine.

"In my opinion, the Twenty20 Cup finals day is better than anything football has to offer. Win, lose or draw you have a great day out."

The ground was awash with colour and music, while many fans sported fancy dress costumes ranging from superheroes to Borat's garish mankini.

A Magnificent Seven theme at the event saw the bars decked out as Wild West saloons and dancing troops in full cowgirl attire.

Paul Jones, 31, from Greenwich, said: "I love Edgbaston. I came up for the Ashes recently and there's nothing like a day out at the cricket. I didn't feel like dressing up but I appreciated the dancing cowgirls. I'm just sorry I couldn't get a seat next to them.

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