Ben Cox responded to being dropped from Worcestershire’s County Championship side earlier in the week by playing the starring role in both matches on Vitality Blast Finals Day, clinching the Rapids the title.
The keeper-batsman was unbeaten in both of his knocks on the day. His 55 from just 34 balls against Lancashire gave his side a total that proved insurmountable, before he went on to take his side over the line in the final against Sussex.
Cox smashed five 4s and two 6s in his 46 from just 26 balls, pulling Jofra Archer away to hit the winning runs and spark jubilant celebrations from the Worcestershire players.
It was an effort that clearly meant a lot to Cox, who felt everything went right for him on the day.
“It was pretty good – not bad!” Cox joked.
“Today was my day. For some reason, little things went my way. I chipped one just over long off, one went just over the stumps, little things need to go your way and today they did for me.”
The 26-year-old says he was not daunted by the prospect of chasing against Sussex’s much-lauded pace attack of Archer, Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills – explaining he found their pace easier to get away.
“I actually found the slower bowlers the hardest. I was waiting to get out the back of both spinners. I was able to use the pace and go behind the wicket with ramps.
“Some days it comes off; I’ve had plenty of days when it doesn’t come off and it goes straight to the keeper, or I’m bowled and lbw.”
It was a fantastic end to a difficult week for Cox, whose omission from the Pears’ County Championship side was a real disappointment to him. But he was thrilled to be able to deliver a match-winning performance and help his team lift the trophy.
“It’s been a tough week. As a professional, you go through emotions and this week I’ve had both low and high.” Cox said.
“But to bounce back in the way I did, to put in two performances to win a trophy for the club, means the most to me.
“Like Mo (Moeen Ali) said there are 11 of us out there, I just chipped in. Browny (Pat Brown) and the boys were fantastic to keep them to the score they did.
“In my opinion, we won the game in the first half.”