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Summary

  1. Leicestershire win for first time this summer
  2. Ravi Bopara hits 81 not out as Essex beat Glamorgan
  3. Game in Cardiff had been held up by floodlight failure
  4. Birmingham Bears beat Worcestershire by 19 runs
  5. Wins for Yorkshire, Durham, Kent and Sussex

Live Reporting

By Gary Smee, Kalika Mehta, Amy Lofthouse and Steve Marshall

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's just about that for this evening. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back with more T20 Blast action for you next Friday. Until then, have a very good evening.

KENT BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY FIVE WICKETS

Brutal Blake smashes Kent to victory

Alex Blake's magnificent 71 not out off 30 balls guided Kent to a dramatic five-wicket victory over Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Blake, who came in with his side struggling at 70-5, smashed six maximums in his knock as he shared an unbroken stand of 108 with Spitfires captain Sam Northeast (60 not out) in just 9.2 overs.

Hampshire made 172-6 thanks largely to skipper James Vince's 66 and Adam Wheater's 36 off 18 balls at the end of the innings.

However, Blake's heroics saw his side home with four balls to spare.

ESSEX BEAT GLAMORGAN BY FIVE WICKETS

Bopara steals the show as Eagles claim first T20 Blast win

Ravi Bopara
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Ravi Bopara shone with bat and ball as Essex won their first T20 Blast game of the season.

The all-rounder took 2-25 and overseas bowler Shaun Tait 3-28 as Glamorgan managed only 144-8 from their allotted overs, as Chris Cooke top scored with 31.

Michael Hogan (2-19) impressed for the Welsh county, bowling Mark Pettini in the first over, but Bopara never looked in trouble of losing his wicket as he dictated his side's innings.

Even a floodlight failure couldn't prevent the England player from reaching his half-century and he finished the match off in style launching Ruaidhri Smith for two big sixes, albeit one of them coming of the top-edge of his bat, in the 18th over to take Essex to 145-5 - claiming victory with 14 balls to spare.

Glamorgan will hope the loss was simply a blip, following their sublime victory over Surrey last week, while Essex will look to kick-on and climb up the table in the South Group.

BIRMINGHAM BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY 18 RUNS

Lower-order collapse costs Worcs

Recordo Gordon took three wickets to help holders Birmingham Bears defend 144-5 to beat Worcestershire in the Midlands derby.

Worcestershire's reply began badly when Richard Oliver was bowled for a duck and only Daryl Mitchell and Ross Whiteley made significant contributions.

Gordon and Rikki Clarke dismissed Worcestershire's lower-order to leave the Pears all out for 126.

YORKSHIRE BEAT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BY SIX WICKETS

Gale leads White Rose to victory

Andrew Gale celebrates
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Captain Andrew Gale led from the front as Yorkshire chased down Nottinghamshire's 143-7 with seven balls remaining.

Samit Patel top-scored for Notts with 41 but the rest struggled to get Yorkshire's bowlers away.

Gale's unbeaten 68 was well supported by Glenn Maxwell and Andrew Hodd as Yorkshire won their first T20 game at Trent Bridge in three years.

DURHAM BEAT LANCASHIRE BY 16 RUNS

Late collapse ruins Lancs hopes

Lancashire lost five wickets in eight balls to hand Durham a surprise victory at Old Trafford.

Chasing Durham's 155, Ashwell Prince was the only player to find any fluency and once he fell for 78, Lancashire looked lost.

Two wickets in two balls from John Hastings, as well as some desperate shots from the Red Rose batsmen, helped Durham make it two wins from two as Lancashire fell short on 139-9.

SUSSEX BEAT SOMERSET BY FIVE RUNS

Batting collapse costs Somerset

Somerset suffered a dramatic batting collapse as they fell five runs short of victory against Sussex at Taunton.

After the Sharks made 175-6 thanks to Luke Wright's 49 and a quickfire 37 from the returning England paceman Chris Jordan, Somerset seemed well placed at 78-1.

However, the hosts then lost five wickets for 18 runs in less than five overs, with Will Beer picking up three of them as they slumped to 98-6.

Jim Allenby took the game to the final over needing 24 to win, but he was run out for 79 with three balls to go and Sussex saw out the game.

LEICESTERSHIRE BEAT DERBYSHIRE BY SEVEN WICKETS

Niall O'Brien fireworks see Foxes home

Kevin O'Brien
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Leicestershire wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien smashed an unbeaten 47 off 27 balls as the Foxes cruised to a seven-wicket win over Derbyshire at Grace Road - their first victory of the summer.

Chasing a target of 164, the hosts lost captain Mark Cosgrove early on, but scores of 30 plus from Ned Eckersley and Kevin O'Brien, and Niall O'Brien's big hitting at the end of the innings saw them to victory.

Earlier, Derbyshire had stumbled to 78-5 and had Chesney Hughes (59) and Billy Godleman (38) to thank for helping them up to a competitive 163-6.

Foxes spinner Jigar Naik starred with the ball claiming 3-23.

Before we leave you this evening, let's just take a look back at our seven matches in tonight's T20 Blast programme.

Match reaction

Sussex beat Somerset by five runs

Somerset all-rounder Jim Allenby:

"It was actually a heavier defeat than the score suggested as we lost too many wickets in the middle of our innings and Sussex jumped all over us.

"I really enjoy T20 cricket and it was nice to get off to a good start in it for my new team.

"Our net run-rate won't have suffered too much and, despite this defeat, we really fancy our chances of doing well in the competition."

Match reaction

Leicestershire beat Derbyshire by seven wickets

Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove:

"It's always good to celebrate a win, and yes, hopefully it will lift everybody connected with the club.

"Jigar Naik changed the game with his spell in their innings, we took our catches - which we haven't always been doing this season - and then the batsmen did their job.

"The aim now is to take the lift and momentum into next week's T20s and then the Championship."

Match reaction

Durham beat Lancashire by 16 runs

Durham seamer John Hastings:

"That was a really good win, an important one as well. We probably left a few (runs) out there batting first, 15 or 20 runs maybe. But the way the boys bowled was fantastic.

"We stuck to our plans and used the wicket, which was tiring a bit in the last few overs. We used our slower balls and did a really good job.

"I think it was a really hard wicket to hit boundaries on. Ashwell's and Mark's innings, for us, were pure cricket shots. As soon as you tried to hit sixes and fours, you'd get out. The run out of Ashwell was crucial in the end."

Match reaction

Durham beat Lancashire by 16 runs

Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles:

"There were areas throughout the game we could have improved on.

"We went for too many in the power play. Durham played well up front. Then we got the rate down to nines, which was manageable, but we lost our way a little bit through the middle of our innings.

"Ashwell Prince played magnificently, and it was a shame we couldn't get over the line for him."

Match reaction

Sussex beat Somerset by five runs

Sussex manager Mark Robinson told BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms:

"It was a great win, it is not an easy place to come - it was their first game so there was a lot of excitement- but we kept our heads and came out on top.

"Chris Jordan was a big boost for us, we found out he was available for us on Thursday but it was whether he was ready mentally to play.

"He is obviously bitterly disappointed and being dropped was a bit of hit for me so he had to get his head around it but he played very well today.

"(Michael) Yardy popped his calf during the game and had to come off but we do not know what his situation is yet."

Match reaction

Warwickshire beat Worcestershire by 18 runs

Birmingham Bears bowler Recardo Gordon:

"We just showed why you can never under-estimate us a team.

"At the halfway point I think everyone thought we were behind the eight-ball but we always believe in ourselves as a team and we are always wanting to take wickets and we did that well today.

"It was great for me to take two wickets in my first over. In Twenty20 cricket taking wickets is the way forward because it stems the flow of runs and it was good to get a couple, bang, bang, to put us in the driving seat."

Match reaction

Warwickshire beat Worcestershire by 18 runs

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes:

"It was not the result we wanted but there is no need to panic. We lost a couple of games early in the competition last year but then won six games on the trot and qualified.

"We bowled well and fielded very well but our batting did not quite match up to it. There were a couple of run outs but that sort of thing can happen in these situations."

Kent beat Hampshire by five wickets

BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Ageas Bowl: "Hampshire appeared to be cruising at the midway stage, but a remarkable partnership from Northeast and Blake saw Kent home with balls to spare."

Match reaction

Kent beat Hampshire by five wickets

Sam Northeast in action
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Kent captain Sam Northeast told Sky Sports: "It was going to require a special innings at 70-5 and I think we saw one tonight with Alex Blake. It was a special knock.

"I don't even think we out there thought it was going to happen until that one big over [18 runs off the 15th] and then we were right back in the game.

"At the half time break I thought we were in the game but then we lost five wickets early and all the pressure was right back on us.

"That's why it was even more of a special knock because of the circumstances."

Match reaction

Kent beat Hampshire by five wickets

Hampshire captain James Vince told Sky Sports: "I think 170 was a decent score, we'd have liked five or 10 more.

"After the start we got off to with the ball having them 70-5 we'd have expected to defend that.

"I think we let ourselves down in the field, we're normally a good side in the field and leaked a few too many runs and missed a couple of half chances."

KENT BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY FIVE WICKETS

Hampshire 172-6 (20 overs), Kent 178-5 (19.2 overs)

Alex Blake in action
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Well, I don't think anyone was expecting that at the Ageas Bowl.

Kent looked down and out when Darren Stevens and Fabian Cowdrey were both dismissed by Will Smith in the same over to leave the visitors 70-5 at the halfway point.

But Alex Blake simply went on the rampage with some incredible striking over point and extra cover.

Michael Carberry will rue dropping him in the 18th over, but take nothing away from Blake's innings, it was hitting of the highest order.

Sam Northeast also made a less brutal but crucial 60 not out.

KENT BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY FIVE WICKETS

Hampshire 172-6 (20 overs), Kent 178-5 (19.2 overs)

That is absolutely sensational striking from Alex Blake.

After slicing the first ball of Yasir Arafat's final over to the third man boundary, he finishes the game with a pull for six over mid-wicket - his sixth maximum.

Blake finishes 71 not out off 30 balls, and Kent skipper Sam Northeast is 60 not out at the other end.

These two have put on 108 in just 9.2 overs to see their side to a dramatic victory.

Kent 167-5 v Hampshire (19 overs, target 173)

Alex Blake has turned this game around for Kent with a sublime half-century.

The 26-year-old brings up his fifty with a quickly scampered two before smashing Chris Wood over cover for his fifth maximum.

The 19th over goes for 14 and Kent now need just five from the final over.

Blake has 61 off 28 balls. Incredible.

ESSEX BEAT GLAMORGAN BY FIVE WICKETS

Glamorgan 144-8 (20 overs), Essex 145-5 (17.4 overs)

Ravi Bopara dives
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Ravi Bopara finishes off the match with a bit of luck as he top-edges Ruaidhri Smith all the way over the hoardings to end unbeaten on 81 off just 53 balls

It was an impressive, controlled innings by the all-rounder who only returned from IPL duty with Sunrisers Hyderabad this week, having also taken 2-25 to restrict Glamorgan to 144-8 in their innings.

Dropped catch

Kent 154-5 v Hampshire (18 overs, target 173)

Oh dear, Michael Carberry has just dropped Alex Blake.

Blake slashes Yasir Arafat towards the point boundary, Carberry races round and has the ball in his hands but it pops out.

To make things worse it rolls to the boundary and goes for four.

Blake rubs salt into the wound with another six in the same area.

You'd have to say Kent are now favourites with 19 needed off 12 balls.

Essex 124-4 v Glamorgan (21 runs needed of 24 balls)

With his first county half-century of the season under his belt, Ravi Bopara comes down the wicket and launches Michael Hogan into the stands.

The right-arm seamer bowled impressively and finished with figures of 4-0-19-2 - as his final two balls cost him seven runs.

Even with the break, this is a canter for the Eagles against Glamorgan in Wales.

Kent 141-5 v Hampshire (17 overs, target 173)

Alex Blake is playing a great knock at the back end of this Kent innings.

The left-hander has struck three huge sixes in consecutive overs and has raced to 37 not out off 19 balls.

The equation for the visitors is still tricky though.

32 needed off the final three overs.

Northeast (41 balls, 7 fours)

Kent 115-5 v Hampshire (15.1 overs, target 173)

Kent captain Sam Northeast is continuing to fight for his side as he reaches his sixth T20 half-century.

However the run rate is still hovering around 12 and they will need plenty more boundaries from the 25-year-old if they are to see this home.

Alex Blake is unbeaten on 19 at the other end.

Bopara (38 balls, 4 fours)

Essex 112-4 v Glamorgan (14.2 overs, target 145)

Ravi Bopara plays a shot
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Ravi Bopara returns from the unexpected half-hour break and sends Craig Meschede to the boundary rope. It was his fourth four of the innings, alongside a couple of maximums.

It has been a very controlled innings from the England man, who has shown that the wicket is one where runs can be easily scored.

He's leading Essex towards their first victory in the T20 Blast this season.

DURHAM BEAT LANCASHIRE BY SIXTEEN RUNS

Durham 155 (19.4 overs), Lancashire 139-9 (20 overs)

It all ends in disaster for Lancashire as the last two batsmen are unable to get the ball away.

George Edwards and Stephen Parry manage to eek out just three runs from the last four balls as Durham claim an unlikely victory.

LIGHTS BACK ON IN CARDIFF

Essex 106-4 v Glamorgan (14 overs, target 145)

Floodlights at Cardiff
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Ah, someone's put another pound in the electricity meter in Cardiff and the floodlights have returned to full working order. We are back under way.

Lancashire 136-9 v Durham (19.2 overs, require 20 runs from 4 balls)

It's going down to the wire at Old Trafford. Alex Davies is run out for just 15 and then two balls later Ashwell Prince, the backbone of Lancashire's innings, falls for 78.

And now it's two in two for Durham. Jordan Clark pulls John Hastings to backward square leg and then Arron Lilley falls the next ball. To add yet insult to more injury, Tom Bailey is dismissed by Usman Arshad, caught in the deep by Ryan Pringle. That's one heck of a collapse!

Kent 92-5 v Hampshire (13 overs, target 173)

This game is quickly slipping away from Kent who need 81 off 42 balls.

The loss of three wickets in seven balls has seen the run rate climb to just under 12.

Sam Northeast remains unbeaten on 41, but the visitors will need plenty more from him if they are to even get close.

Essex 106-4 v Glamorgan (14 overs, target 145)

Floodlights fail
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The news from Cardiff is that 10 minutes remain to get the three floodlights that are not working back on.

If they can't fix the problem in that time then Essex will win the game under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Meanwhile, Glamorgan are filling the lull in proceedings with a Tom Jones karaoke.

BIRMINGHAM BEARS BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY 19 RUNS

Birmingham Bears 144-5 (20 overs), Worcestershire 126 (19.3 overs)

Recordo Gordon picks up his third wicket of the evening to win the game for Birmingham Bears as he bowls Jack Shantry for one, with Worcestershire falling 19 runs short of their target.

In a low scoring match, Daryl Mitchell's top-score of the evening of 34 wasn't enough to lead his side to victory, as two run-outs cost the Pears dearly.

YORKSHIRE BEAT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BY SIX WICKETS

Nottinghamshire 143-7 (20 overs), Yorkshire 146-4 (18.5 overs)

Andrew Gale scores winning runs
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Two victories in two for the Yorkshire Vikings as Andrew Gale punches Sam Wood for six to finish the match in style.

Gale finishes 68 not out from 55 balls and Jack Leaning is unbeaten on nine as Yorkshire win with seven balls remaining.

Nottinghamshire will be left to rue their performance with the bat as Yorkshire celebrate their seventh T20 win over Notts in 12 years.

Lancashire 109-4 v Durham (16 overs, 47 runs required from 24 balls)

Lancashire are making hard work of what initially seemed like a simple run chase. Although Alviro Petersen and Ashwell Prince enjoyed a 50-run partnership, the run rate is just starting to creep up on the home side.

Petersen has fallen, clean bowled by Ryan Pringle, and Prince has been joined by wicket-keeper Alex Davies. It could be a tight finish at Old Trafford...

Essex 106-4 v Glamorgan (14 overs, target 145)

Lights off at Glamorgan
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Just before the money in the meter ran out at the energy sponsored ground in the Welsh capital, Michael Hogan picked up the vital wicket of Ryan ten Doeschate as he was caught behind for nine.

Will this delay cause Ravi Bopara (45 not out off 36 balls) to lose concentration? Plenty of wickets are lost after drinks breaks...

WICKET (Billings run out 15)

Kent 70-5 v Hampshire (9.3 overs, target 173)

Well no sooner had I said that Kent need a Darren Stevens special he is at the crease.

Sam Billings goes for a quick single but is well short of his ground despite a dive.

Actually scrap that, Stevens has just been stumped off Will Smith.

Kent are 70-4 and in deep trouble. Make that 70-5 - Fabian Cowdrey is trapped lbw by Smith two balls later.

WICKET Maxwell (c Mullaney b Wood 20)

Yorkshire 127-4 v Nottinghamshire (16.5 overs, 17 runs required from 19 balls)

Steven Mullaney celebrates
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Glenn Maxwell has belted the ball down the ground and Steven Mullaney has taken an excellent running catch to dismiss the Australian. Mullaney's hands will be stinging - Maxwell hit that hard and it looked to be sailing over the boundary. Nottinghamshire are delighted to get rid of him but Yorkshire look to have this under control.

Worcestershire 105-8 v Birmingham (40 runs needed off 18 balls)

The hundred comes up for Worcestershire but they are deep in trouble at Edgbaston after Brett D'Oliveira top-edged Rikki Clarke to Laurie Evans.

And, the Pear's last realistic hope of victory Ross Whiteley become Ateeq Javid's first scalp of the night, caught by Jeetan Patel for 33.

Two more wickets will give the Bears their 11th victory in 14 T20 matches against their Midlands rivals.