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Sussex Sharks at the T20 Vitality Blast 2018 finals

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Sussex Sharks T20 Finals Day - official team photo

As the Sussex Sharks won their semi-final match against Somerset, relive the highlights of the 2018 T20 cricket finals

Worcestershire gained their first Vitality T20 Blast title after Ben Cox led them to a thrilling final win against Sussex.

The season-ending finals day at Edgbaston saw three closely-fought matches. Worcestershire overcame Lancashire in the first semi-final, thanks largely to an unbeaten 55 from Cox and 41 from England star Moeen Ali; Pat Brown then took four wickets to help his team defend a total of 169-6.

The Sussex Sharks came out on top in the second semi-final against Somerset as Luke Wright’s 92 helped them post an imposing 202 for eight that set up a 35-run victory.

Cox then took centre stage in the final as Worcestershire faltered in their pursuit of 158. The wicketkeeper’s unbeaten 46 helped his team recover from 90 for four in the 12th over of their chase to eventually see out a nerve-jangling five-wicket win.

The eventual champions had been the outstanding team of this season’s Blast, topping the North Group before sealing their place at Finals Day with victory against Gloucestershire in the quarter-finals.

Sussex, third in the South Group and winners against Durham in their quarter-final, can also reflect on a fine campaign.

Indeed, Sussex boasted one of the standout performers of this year’s tournament in 19-year-old Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who took 17 wickets in 11 matches before he was recalled for international duty. Sussex also had the leading batsman in Laurie Evans, who hit 614 runs – including seven half-centuries – in this year’s tournament.

Fittingly it was Worcestershire’s Brown, though, who was the leading wicket-taker, the 20-year-old taking 31 in total.

Take a look back at the highlights of the weekend's finals, and the best of the 2018 season...

Sussex County Cricket Club celebrated reaching the finals.

Despite losing to Worcestershire in the final, Sussex had a great 2018 season.

Fireworks lit up the ground on finals day.

Luke Wright strikes a new finals day record.

Joe Denly of Kent Country Cricket Club earnt a club record in the 2018 season.

Fans enjoyed the British sunshine throughout the summer season.

Dramatic skies over the Oval as Surrey played Essex back in July.

Sussex Sharks can look forward to another great season in 2019.

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