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  1. Notts beat Birmingham by eight wickets
  2. Alex Hales stars with 86 not out off 43 balls
  3. Glamorgan beat Surrey with highest domestic T20 score at The Oval
  4. Matthew Fisher, 17, takes 5-22 as Yorkshire defeat Derbyshire

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By Phil Cartwright, Paul Grunill, Kalika Mehta and Amy Lofthouse

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Opening night round-up

Hales steals the show at Trent Bridge

Alex Hales
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Well, what an opening night it's been in the T20 Blast. We've had pretty much everything - five-wicket hauls for teenage debutants, batsmen smashing it to all parts and a tense final-ball decider at Old Trafford.

Alex Hales stole the show at Trent Bridge as Nottinghamshire beat defending champions Birmingham Bears by eight wickets. The opener's 86 not out off 43 balls included eight sixes - six of them in successive balls he faced.

At Headingley, 17-year-old Matthew Fisher took 5-22 as Yorkshire easily saw off Derbyshire, while Glamorgan hit 240-3 - the fourth-highest score in domestic T20 matches in England - to beat Surrey.

Elsewhere, Lancashire beat Leicestershire with a last-ball boundary from Steven Croft, Durham won a rain-affected tie with Northants, Gloucestershire defeated Middlesex and there were also wins for Kent and Hampshire over Sussex and Essex respectively.

For a full list of T20 Blast fixtures,

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Charles Dagnall

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"1st #TMSt20 in the books! Stunning display of hitting by Alex Hales! Get that boy in the England team!!! Any format! Hope you enjoyed!"

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Nottinghamshire beat Birmingham by eight wickets

McBusted's Harry Judd: "Eeeerrrr why was @AlexHales1 not at the World Cup? Hales, KP, Morgan, Butler, Bopara, Taylor etc, it's just so obvious surely #eng."

He was there, Harry, England just didn't pick him until it was too late.

Match reaction

Kent beat Sussex by seven runs

Sussex captain Luke Wright told BBC Sussex: "Going in to those last three or four overs, we were exactly where we wanted to be. We were three down and Mahela (Jayawardene) was in, with us needing 10 an over. With small boundaries, you'd win that most times.

"I feel for someone like Craig Cachopa, who is absolutely heartbroken, but I've seen him come off many times and I know he'll come off in this tournament. He's having a tough time at the minute, but that happens. I've been there many a time myself. Everyone's got round him and we will just move on."

Match reaction

Hampshire beat Essex by 17 runs

Hampshire batsman Jimmy Adams: "It has been a tough start to the year, it is nice to start this competition on the right foot. We did a lot of things right tonight and everything went to plan. Everyone chipped in, I am delighted.

"The first half-dozen balls I hit found the gaps and I was off to a flyer. It's great to play with freedom and just hit the ball."

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate told BBC Essex: "I thought we were a bit sloppy out there and I don't think we did ourselves justice. We hit the ground slowly and there are no excuses for that.

"We were fielding a pretty young side and the likes of Kishen Velani did well, but to win games a few guys need to go on and get fifties."

There are two more matches to come this weekend - Surrey go to Essex on Saturday (13:00 BST) and Sussex host Gloucestershire on Sunday (14:30 BST).

Match reaction

Gloucestershire beat Middlesex by 7 wickets

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Robert Hunt: "Gloucestershire recorded their third successive win with a seven-wicket victory. Middlesex's 175 looked about par, but a light shower in the interval livened things up and made the chase a bit easier.

"That will take nothing away from the home side's success though. Hamish Marshall and Iain Cockbain batted superbly against a strong attack. Although Middlesex had the bigger names, there is a real team ethos about Gloucestershire this season and they could continue to surprise in all forms."

Match reaction

Glamorgan beat Surrey by 25 runs

Glamorgan batsman Colin Ingram

Glamorgan batsman Colin Ingram: "I thoroughly enjoyed it out there and playing all those shots, but especially because it was good for the team. Jacques (Rudolph) was reverse-sweeping and even reverse-hitting it - and I don't think I have ever seen him do that before.

"We have had a tough couple of weeks in the Championship, but this could be a real turning point in the season in terms of the team's confidence. We have sung the team song in the dressing room and there is a lot of passion in the side. It's a great feeling to get off to this sort of start in the T20."

Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari told BBC London 94.9: "We probably got stunned a little bit by the way they played and we didn't react particularly well as a bowling group. They targeted a short boundary and we just didn't have any answer. It's tough moving from four-day cricket to Twenty20 and we just didn't think quickly enough. We need to rectify that.

"When Steve Davies and Kumar Sangakkara were going well at the start we felt we might be able to chase it down - even a huge total like that. The pitch was so good, but we kept losing wickets."


Captain Croft sees hosts home

Steven Croft plays a shot
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Steven Croft - take a bow, son. The Lancashire captain gets his side home with a boundary through point off the final ball of the match.

The rain played its part at Old Trafford when Leicestershire were about to begin a charge in their innings.

The Foxes reduced Lancashire to 57-4 at one point as they chased a revised 140 off 15 overs, but a partnership of 74 between Croft and Alex Davies set the platform for a successful run chase.

They left it late, but last season's beaten finalists start this summer's T20 Blast with a win.

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Nottinghamshire v Birmingham Bears

Nottinghamshire Outlaws captain James Taylor: "Great start to tournament tonight! Top performance from the bowlers but special mention to @AlexHales1!! Crowd was amazing as ever!"

Lancashire 138-5 v Leicestershire (2 runs needed off 2 balls)

Four for Steven Croft through extra cover! Lancashire close in on victory.

Lancashire 134-5 v Leicestershire (6 runs needed off 3 balls)

Ben Raine keeps his nerve for now - the first three balls off his final over have gone for just four runs, and they've also taken a wicket. How are your nerves, Lancashire and Leicestershire fans?


Arafat seals victory over Eagles

Hampshire's Will Smith celebrates
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Yasir Arafat followed up his first ball being sent for a maximum by taking two wickets in two balls to round off a good victory at Southampton for the hosts.

The ex-Pakistan bowler showed his unquestionable class in his first match for Hampshire bowling Ryan ten Doeschate for 68 before rearranging Shaun Tait's stumps as the Australian departed for a golden duck.

Jimmy Adams' unbeaten 55 had earlier helped Hampshire post a challenging 173-4 but the regular loss of wickets stunted Essex's reply and despite the heroics of Ten Doeschate, who only flew in from India on Thursday, the Eagles could not get over the line as they were bowled out for 156.

Essex 156-8 v Hampshire (19.1 overs, chasing 174)

Well well well, Ryan ten Doeschate send Yasir Arafat's first ball high in the night sky, another three of those and Essex will pick up an unlikely win.

Essex 150-8 v Hampshire (24 runs needed off six balls)

Can Ryan ten Doeschate really pull this off? He sends Fidel Edwards for a flat six while eeking four further singles off the over. In the scheme of things it was a good over from the Hampshire bowler and Essex are asking for a lot.

WICKET (Davies run out 25)

Lancashire 131-5 v Leicestershire (14.1 overs, target 140 off 15)

Alex Davies runs
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A big mix-up between Steven Croft and Alex Davies, who have batted so brilliantly together for Lancashire, leads to the latter being stranded and run out. Five balls left, nine to win. Jordan Clark walks to the crease.


Sharks fall short in run-chase

Sam Billings celebrates

Kent Spitfires kept their composure in the closing overs to pull off a victory over their neighbours at Canterbury. Sussex were cruising at 112-1, but Matt Coles (2-41) took the crucial wickets of Chris Nash (61 off 45 balls) and Mehla Jayawardene (39) as the Sharks fell short of their target.

Earlier, Joe Denly (37) and Sam Northeast (40) shared a second-wicket stand of 64 for Kent, before Sam Billings weighed in with 46 off 28 balls and Fabian Cowdrey struck five boundaries in his vital cameo of 24 off 12.

Match scorecard

Lancashire 130-4 v Leicestershire (14 overs, target 140 off 15)

A wonderful reverse paddle for four through third man by Alex Davies is the highlight of the penultimate over of Lancashire's innings. They need 10 runs off the last six balls.

Essex 139-8 v Hampshire (18 overs, target 174)

The fat lady, or at the very least the Hampshire faithful, has begun to sing and despite Ryan ten Doeschate making his half-century off 54 balls, Yasir Arafat's third over goes for just six runs along with the wicket of Malik. As close to a perfect over as you will get this late in an innings.

Sussex 168-6 v Kent (19 overs, target 186)

Kent celebrate

That may be the over that decides the match as Sussex lose two wickets from successive balls to Kent paceman Mitchell Claydon. Ben Brown is caught behind, then Will Beer follows for a golden duck as Fabian Cowdrey takes the catch - 18 off six balls needed by the Sharks. Claydon completes his stint with figures of 2-29.

Steven Croft (30 balls, 4 fours, 1 six)

Lancashire 112-4 v Leicestershire (12.3 overs, target 140 off 15)

Steven Croft plays a shot
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Big innings, this, from Lancashire captain Steven Croft. After a slow start to their reply in a rain-affected match, the home side could be set to open their T20 Blast campaign with a victory over Leicestershire.

Essex 135-8 v Hampshire (17.1 overs, target 174)

Adeel Malik is back in the hutch without facing a ball, run out after Ryan ten Doeschate decides he needs to keep the strike and leaves his partner stranded well short of his crease.

Essex 135-7 v Hampshire (39 needed off 18 balls)

Ryan ten Doeschate has not given up the fight for Essex and sends a low full toss down to the fine-leg boundary. James Vince has his hand on his head as Chris Wood fails to bowl to his field but Graham Napier edges the Hampshire bowler to Adam Weather behind. Big wicket for the hosts.

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Surrey v Glamorgan

OptaJim: "455 - The 455 runs scored by @surreycricket and @GlamCricket is the highest match aggregate in English T20s. Blasted."

Sussex 164-4 v Kent (18 overs, target 186)

Kent can ill afford five wides from the first ball of the over as wicketkeeper Sam Billings fails to gather David Griffiths' opening delivery, but the strong arm of Matt Coles gives the home side a boost as his throw arrows in over the stumps from the deep and Matt Machan is run out - 22 needed by Sussex from 12 balls.

Lancashire 103-4 v Leicestershire (12 overs, target 140 off 15)

Australia seamer Clint McKay is brought on to try to send this game back in Leicestershire's favour, but Steven Croft and Alex Davies see him off for now. This partnership for Lancashire is now worth 46 runs off 4.5 overs.

Essex 121-6 v Hampshire (16 overs, target 174)

Fidel Edwards bowls
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Fidel Edwards returns and his variation of bouncers and in-swingers have both Essex batsman in trouble before Graham Napier sends a low full toss back over the Hampshire bowler's head for four - 12 off the over, including five extras, keeps the away side up with the run-rate.

Lancashire 89-4 v Leicestershire (10 overs, target 140 off 15)

Finely poised at Old Trafford - Steven Croft (29no) and Alex Davies (14no) are going well. With 30 balls left, Lancashire need 51 to beat Leicestershire.

WICKET (Jayawardene c Denly b Coles 39)

Sussex 154-3 v Kent (17 overs, target 186)

A crucial blow for Kent as Mahela Jayawardene holes out from a full toss by Matt Coles and departs for 39. Craig Cachopa has only managed 13 from 12 balls at the other end, as he is joined by Matt Machan.

Essex 108-6 v Hampshire (15 overs, target 174)

Ryan ten Doeschate finds the boundary but Danny Briggs walks away with figures of 2-33 from his four overs to put Hampshire in a strong position.


Vikings cruise to victory at Headingley

Jack Leaning finishes proceedings with a four as Yorkshire cruise to a seven-wicket win over Derbyshire.

Seventeen-year-old debutant Matt Fisher registered the third best T20 bowling figures for Yorkshire as Derbyshire crumbled to 128 all out in 18.2 overs.

Despite losing Andrew Hodd to the first ball of the innings, an aggressive 41 from captain Andrew Gale and an unbeaten 40 from in-form Jonny Bairstow saw Yorkshire home with 20 balls remaining.

Yorkshire 125-3 v Derbyshire (16 overs, target 129)

Jack Leaning is another one of Yorkshire's promising youngsters. He's currently 14 not out from 11 deliveries, with Jonny Bairstow continuing his excellent form with an unbeaten 39. Yorkshire need just four runs off four overs for a comprehensive victory.

Lancashire 82-4 v Leicestershire (9.2 overs, target 140 off 15)

Steven Croft with a massive blow over mid-wicket. BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read describes it as being "boshed" for six. Lancashire gaining some momentum.

Yorkshire 115-3 v Derbyshire (15 overs, target 129)

It's almost over at Headingley as Jack Leaning flicks Mark Footitt over backward square-leg for his first six of the night. Derbyshire were celebrating as they thought they had Jonny Bairstow caught at mid-off but the umpire judged it a no-ball for height.

Sussex 149-2 v Kent 16 overs, target 186)

A much better over for Kent, with only six runs added by Sussex and more importantly, Mahela Jayawardene only able to collect a couple of singles - 38 from 24 balls needed by the Sharks, the T20 winners in 2009.

Essex 101-5 v Hampshire (14 overs, target 174)

If Essex are going to win, it is going to be down to captain Ryan ten Doeschate. The Dutchman has 33 off 25 balls, but struggles to get Chris Wood away. Callum Taylor, aged 17, takes a couple of Wood's fourth ball to bring up the 100.

Lancashire 57-4 v Leicestershire (7.1 overs, target 140 off 15)

Leicestershire take another wicket, with Alviro Petersen the man to depart for 10. Jigar Naik takes his first wicket of the match.

Captain Steven Croft is joined by young wicketkeeper Alex Davies with Lancashire needing 83 off 47 balls - they need to get a wriggle on.

Sussex 142-2 v Kent (15 overs, target 186)

Kent fans may be spitting feathers at the Spitfire Ground if they lose to their neighbours, but 44 off five overs looks eminently gettable for the Sharks with Mahela Jayawardene looking in excellent touch on 37 not out from 26 balls. Earlier, Chris Nash made 61 off 45 balls with 10 boundaries. Kent spinner James Tredwell has left the field after completing his four overs for figures of 1-32.


Huge total sets up Welsh win at The Oval

It's over at The Oval, where Glamorgan have beaten Surrey by 25 runs.

A sparkling batting display, spearheaded by Jacques Rudolph (62) and Colin Ingram (91), put Glamorgan well in control. Their 240-3 is the fourth-highest total ever scored in domestic T20 cricket in England.

Surrey gave it a go in reply, Steven Davies and Zafar Ansari both passing 50, but they fell short of that daunting total.

In total, the crowd saw 455 runs - they certainly got their money's worth in south London.

Round up

Hampshire celebrate
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In modern T20 cricket, scoring 100 off 10 overs is by no means an impossible task, but Essex are teetering on the point of no return as Greg Smith is stumped off Hampshire's Will Smith for 30. James Foster and Ryan ten Doeschate will need to be there close to the end if they are going to pull off a victory.

Kent pace bowler Matt Coles gave away 17 in his first over, but returned to bowl Chris Nash for 61 to reduce Sussex to 118-2. With Mahela Jayawardene still in and eight wickets in hand, you would fancy the Sharks to chase down the 64 runs they need off the remaining eight overs.

Spinner David Wainwright has been smashed for three sixes off five balls by Yorkshire before Derbyshire team-mate Ben Cotton has Andrew Gale caught behind for 41 off 36 balls. The White Rose county need 29 runs off 40 balls.

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