Cox Plays Down T20 Blast Input

Cox Plays Down T20 Blast Input

Ben Cox was quick to play down his match-winning display as Worcestershire won the T20 Blast at Edgbaston on Saturday night. The 26-year-old wicketkeeper started the week on a real low when he was dropped from the side for the defeat to new County Championship champions Surrey, before being drafted in for the T20 Finals Day on home soil.

Cox picked up the man-of-the match award in the semi-final win against Lancashire and the five-wicket victory against Sussex Sharks in the final as he also fired the winnings runs.

He avoided losing his wicket in both matches and hit a combined 101 runs for The Rapids, but refused to take the plaudits afterwards.

Cox told the BBC: “It’s been a tough week. As a professional, you go through emotions and this week I’ve had both low and high.

“To bounce back in the way I did, to put in two performances to help the club win a trophy. That is what means the most. But there were 11 of us out there. I just chipped in.”

He added: “We won the game in the first half thanks to the bowlers, Moeen Ali and Pat Brown especially, to keep them to 157-6.

“Then Mo and Joe Clarke set the tone perfectly and we went from there.

“I found the slow bowlers were the hardest. I was waiting to get out of the back of both spinners and knew I’d be able to use the pace to go behind the wicket with ramps.

“Some days it comes off. I’ve had plenty when it doesn’t and it goes straight to the keeper and you get bowled or lbw but today was my day for some reason. Little things went my way.

“I chipped one just over long off and Luke Wright got a hand on it, then one went just over the stumps. Those little things need to go your way and they did.”

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