|Venue: Edgbaston Date: Saturday 15 July|
|Hampshire 170-7 (20 overs): Weatherley 63*, McDermott 29; Critchley 2-22|
|Essex 115-5 (11.3/12overs): Sams 29, Critchley 26*; Fuller 2-23|
|Essex won by five wickets (DLS Method)|
Essex all-rounder Matt Critchley played a starring role as the 2019 T20 Blast winners beat holders Hampshire to earn a place in the final after a rain-interrupted first semi at Edgbaston.
He took two wickets as Hampshire totalled 170-7 from their 20 overs, thanks largely to an unbeaten 63 off 39 balls from Joe Weatherley, before an hour-long rain break early in the Essex reply, on 19-1 after 17 balls, reduced the target to 115 off 12 overs.
Critchley then hit an unbeaten 26, sharing a crucial 45-run stand with Daniel Sams to leave Essex needing 13 to win off the last over bowled by renowned death bowler Nathan Ellis.
But, just nine…