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Summary

  1. Chris Gayle hits 92 as Somerset beat Essex off the final ball
  2. Dawid Malan scores an unbeaten 115 as Middlesex defeat Sussex
  3. Holders Birmingham Bears snatch last-ball win at Northants

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By Gary Smee, Amy Lofthouse, Felix Keith and Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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SOMERSET BEAT ESSEX BY THREE WICKETS

Gayle smashes 92 on Somerset debut

Chris Gayle
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Chris Gayle blasted 92 off 59 balls as he led Somerset to a dramatic three-wicket win against Essex at Chelmsford.

The West Indian, who was making his debut in English T20 cricket, started slowly, scoring just five runs off his first 17 balls.

He then opened his shoulders to hit eight fours and six sixes before falling in the penultimate over and in the end, Somerset had to scramble a single off the final ball to win.

Earlier, Tom Westley (68) and Jesse Ryder (54) helped Essex to 176 all out in their 20 overs.

Read more about Gayle's incredible innings

here.

MIDDLESEX BEAT SUSSEX BY 42 RUNS

Malan & Abbott star in Middlesex win

Dawid Malan
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Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling's first-wicket stand of 187 set Middlesex on their way to victory at Hove.

A record T20 partnership for the county, it helped the visitors reach 221-2, with Malan finishing not out on 115.

Luke Wright hit 91 off 47 balls to give Sussex hope, before they lost five wickets for just four runs.

South African paceman Kyle Abbott (5-14) was on a hat-trick twice in the space of four overs as he finished the job for Middlesex.

DURHAM BEAT YORKSHIRE BY SIX RUNS

Jennings ends Yorkshire's unbeaten record

Four wickets for Keaton Jennings helped Durham to victory by seven runs as Yorkshire suffered their first T20 Blast setback of the season.

Durham posted 182-4, with John Hastings taking 21 runs from Tim Bresnan's final over.

And despite 41 by captain Andrew Gale, the Vikings lost wickets at crucial times as they came up short on 176-8.

DERBYSHIRE BEAT LANCASHIRE BY 5 WICKETS

Derbyshire enjoy comfortable victory

Derbyshire's Hashim Amla is bowled after making a half century
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Derbyshire's top-drawer opening pair of Hashim Amla and Tillakaratne Dilshan were the difference as they earned a comfortable win over Lancashire.

The visitors managed just 127-9 from their 20 overs, despite 41 by Alex Davies, as Wayne White took 3-21 and Tony Palladino 2-22.

Amla (51) and Dilshan (38) then put on 93 and despite losing a few late wickets, the hosts got home with 14 balls remaining.

BIRMINGHAM BEARS BEAT NORTHANTS BY FIVE WICKETS

Bears beat Northants in last-all thriller

Birmingham Bears beat Northants with four byes from the final delivery of the game to secure their second win of the season.

Richard Levi made 58 for the Steelbacks, but no other batsman passed 20 as they totalled 146-7 from their 20 overs.

It was not a big score, but despite Will Porterfield's unbeaten 55, the Bears still needed nine from the last over, bowled by Azharullah.

They drew level with one ball remaining and with wicketkeeper Adam Rossington up to the stumps the ball flew away to the boundary - a defeat for Northants which left them bottom of North Group.

HAMPSHIRE BEAT GLAMORGAN BY 21 RUNS

Wood spell seals Hants victory

Hampshire's bowlers restricted Glamorgan to just 127-7 at the Swalec Stadium as they secured their second win of the season.

Sean Ervine top scored with 49 and Will Smith made 30 to help the visitors to 148-8 after they had been 39-4.

Chris Wood then produced T20 career-best figures of 4-16 to undermine the Glamorgan run-chase.

Captain Jacques Rudolph made 38, but fell straight after a rain interruption and when Mark Wallace was dismissed by Yasir Arafat, playing his 200th T20 match, the game slipped away from the Welsh county.

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WORCESTERSHIRE BEAT LEICESTERSHIRE BY SIX WICKETS

Mitchell leads by example for Rapids

Daryl Mitchell's half century and a quickfire 26 not out from Ross Whiteley guided Worcestershire to a convincing win against Leicestershire at New Road.

A number of batsmen got starts for the Foxes, but wickets tumbled throughout their innings as they could only muster 147-6.

Worcestershire were wobbling when Colin Munro was dismissed to leave them 59-3, but Mitchell's 58 followed by Whiteley's big-hitting finished the game in style.

KENT BEAT SURREY BY 23 RUNS

Northeast makes the difference

Sam Northeast played some audacious strokes against Surrey
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Brilliant batting by Sam Northeast enabled Kent to bounce back positively from Thursday's defeat at Middlesex with victory over Surrey.

Northeast's 96 came from just 47 balls and included seven sixes, but he was starved of the strike in the final few overs.

Surrey's reply started disastrously when they lost two early wickets in the first over, but Moises Henriques kept them in with a chance.

The Australian all-rounder made 63 runs but once he departed, Surrey were unable to find the boundaries they nedeed.

Before we wrap up our coverage, let's just take a look back at our eight matches in tonight's T20 Blast programme, which were all played to a finish despite today's dodgy weather in parts of the country.

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Somerset director of cricket

Matthew Maynard: "Welcome to @SomersetCCC @henrygayle Decent debut that!! #wearesomerset #blackbird #WorldBoss"

Post-match verdict

Hampshire bowler Chris Wood told BBC Radio Solent

"To get 148 after being 20-3 was a great effort with the wicket deteriorating.

"We managed to get a score somehow and defended it unbelievably well.

"I've struggled a bit in the first two games so it's nice to put in a match-winning performance. Obviously it's a format that I love and I back myself a hundred per cent."

Post-match verdict

Sussex captain Luke Wright told BBC Sussex

"It's always going to be a tough ask whenever someone scores over 200 - you've got to bat really really well.

"It was nice to give the crowd a game and put up a fight, but there are things to improve on with the ball.

"Credit to them, they batted really well, but we would have liked to have shut them down a little bit better than we did. But sometimes you've just got to say well played."

Post-match verdict

Essex bowler Reece Topley told BBC Essex

"(Chris) Gayle bided his time very nicely. He was slow at the start and we thought we were on top of him but then his class came through.

"It was a great game of cricket and it's one that we're all very proud to be a part of.

"It was a really gritty and dirty game and your passion comes out. More often than not, the side that normally wants it the most comes out on top."

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Somerset all-rounder

Peter Trego: "O.M.Gayle..... #Boss"

Post-match verdict

Northants captain Alex Wakely, on their loss to Birmingham Bears

"It was a very good game of T20 cricket. We were probably 20 runs short and their two best bowlers knocked us back a bit after the powerplay.

"We put a great effort in to defend it, but this game is about small margins.

"If every game ended like that, you'd be a happy spectator, but I'm beginning to think here that if you score 160 on this ground, you'll win more than you lose."

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Test Match Special's Ebony Rainford-Brent: Gayle what a legend! 92! Asked if he got in the nets to prepare - "No ... But I did a bit of mental training!"

Post-match verdict

Glamorgan captain Jacques Rudolph, on their 21-run loss to Hampshire

"The fact that we lost three wickets for the first 10 runs put us a bit behind the eight-ball.

"We still needed just over 90 runs in the last 60 balls with wickets in hand, and you should potentially back yourself.

"I think we lost a little bit of momentum when the rain came, but it is not an excuse. We got to be a little bit hard on ourselves."

Post-match verdict

Lancashire captain Steven Croft, on their defeat by Derbyshire

"We started slow and never got anything going. We had no momentum and it wasn't a great batting performance and the score was always going to be under-par."

Post-match verdict

Leicestershire head coach Andrew McDonald, on their loss to Worcestershire

"We sort of let ourselves down. We went away from the game plan and we know, when we play the game plan, it works.

"It's slightly disappointing, but if you do stray away from it, you know the result you're going to get and we weren't on the right side of it tonight.

"I was just a little bit disappointed in those moments when we strayed away from what has made us so good over the last couple of games.

"But we'll continually learn and hopefully, by the time we go out there next time, we'll get better."

Post-match verdict

Birmingham Bears batsman William Porterfield, on their last ball win over Northants

"It was a bit tight in the end but we always knew that if one of us batted through and Rikki Clarke and Ateeq Javid produced their cameos, we'd get there in the end.

"We didn't expect it to go to the final ball, but it did and we got over the line."

Post-match verdict

Derbyshire's Wes Durston, on their win over Lancashire

"It was a very solid performance, we won the game in the first half and then our overseas opening partnership killed the match.

"It didn't really matter about the late wickets because we were trying to get the runs to enhance our net run-rate."

Post-match verdict

Chris Adams

Former Sussex captain at Hove

"Perhaps Sussex need to invest in the batters, you look at tonight you need experience in the top order."

Post-match verdict

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell, on their win over Leicestershire

"It was a good performance. They got off to a bit of a flyer in their innings, but then we pegged them back, particularly in the middle overs.

"I thought 150 made it par or just a shade under par.

"I thought that, if we were to bat well, we would get somewhere near and obviously it proved a bit of a cruise with the way Ross Whiteley came in and struck it.

"He made some of the batters look pretty silly, the way he kept clearing the ropes."

DURHAM BEAT YORKSHIRE BY SIX RUNS

Durham 182-4 (20 overs) v Yorkshire 176-8 (20 overs)

An excellent final over from John Hastings ensured Durham ended Yorkshire's unbeaten T20 streak.

Andrew Gale top-scored with 41 but Yorkshire lost too many wickets in clusters and struggled as Durham took the pace off the ball.

Part-time bowler Keaton Jennings finished with 4-37 as Yorkshire ended six runs short.

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Derbyshire's

Alex Hughes: "Get in lads! Great first win of comp. You beauty @wayneAwhite."

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Kevin Hand

BBC London 94.9 at Hove

"Franchises, huh? 2 amazing matches the last 2 nights! Block it off later in the summer and the product is there to work with. #bbccricket"

WICKET Plunkett (b Arshad 17)

Yorkshire 154-7 v Durham (18.1 overs, target 183)

Liam Plunkett's valiant effort has ended as he take a huge heave at Usman Arshad and is clean bowled. Tim Bresnan has been joined by Adil Rashid, but with 29 runs required from 10 balls, it's looking like a Durham victory.

Post-match verdict

Surrey all-rounder Moises Henriques, on their defeat by Kent

"It's very disappointing to lose the match, but nice for me to make a good start personally and to show the team what I can do.

"They got a few too many runs at the start of their innings, and we kept losing wickets throughout our reply which made it very difficult."

Yorkshire 153-7 v Durham (18 overs, target 183)

Liam Plunkett is trying his best to keep Yorkshire in the game, but it looks like being all in vain.

Keaton Jennings has finished his four-over spell with figures of 4-37 after he had Jack Leaning caught on the boundary for nine.

Plunkett and Tim Bresnan are giving it their best shot though, with Bresnan dispatchings a full toss from John Hastings to the boundary and Plunkett picking Usman Arshad off for back-to-back boundaries.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

BBC Test Match Special at Chelmsford

"Fair play Somerset - they did the job. It's been an incredible match.

"Chris Gayle came to the party today and set them up in a brilliant position.

"I think Essex will be gutted today because they gave it away, in a few areas. They got done by being just under par."

SOMERSET BEAT ESSEX BY THREE WICKETS

Essex 176 (20 overs) v Somerset 177-7 (20 overs)

Somerset win off the final ball! What a finish.

After Sohail Tanvir was dismissed with the first ball of the over, Max Waller and Lewis Gregory simply could not get Ravi Bopara away.

However with one run needed off one ball, the pair scampered a single and saw Somerset home.

That was only half the story though. The game will be remembered for Chris Gayle's 92 off 59 balls on his Somerset debut.

MIDDLESEX BEAT SUSSEX BY 42 RUNS

Middlesex 221-2 (20 overs) v Sussex 179-9 (20 overs)

Middlesex bowler Kyle Abbott
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Inspired bowling by South African paceman Kyle Abbott secured Middlesex's second win in successive days as they outplayed Sussex Sharks at Hove.

Abbott was twice on a hat-trick as he took 5-14 from his four overs - the second best T20 figures for Middlesex, behind Murali Kartik's 5-13 against Essex at Lord's in 2007.

After Dawid Malan's unbeaten 115 earlier in the game, Sussex were still in the hunt while Luke Wright was at the crease, but he eventually fell to Abbott for 91.

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Ebony Rainford-Brent

BBC Test Match Special at Chelmsford

"The game is still alive. You can just sense the atmosphere! The crowd are loving this."

WICKET Tanvir (c Topley b Bopara 1)

Somerset 172-7 v Essex (19.1 overs, target 177)

Sohail Tanvir hits Ravi Bopara miles into the air, but Reece Topley remains calm and takes the catch.

Can Essex still win this?

Somerset need five runs off five balls.

Somerset 172-6 v Essex (19 overs, target 177)

Tom Cooper smacks his first ball for six, but is then run out by Ravi Bopara next ball.

Somerset need five runs off the final over.

Bopara will bowl it.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

BBC Test Match Special at Chelmsford

"Chris Gayle came here to entertain and he did exactly that. The sixes he has hit - he hit them into a different stratosphere!"

WICKET Pyrah (c Pringle b Jennings 5)

Yorkshire 104-6 v Durham (13.4 overs, target 183)

Rich Pyrah hits part-time bowler Keaton Jennings for four before he tries to repeat the shot and lofts a catch to Ryan Pringle on the boundary.

It's been an excellent performance from Jennings, who has figures of 3-0-25-3. Jack Leaning is doing his best to ruin the fun though as he launches Jennings for six over the legside.

WICKET Gayle (c Bopara b Topley 92)

Somerset 164-5 v Essex (18.2 overs, target 177)

Chris Gayle is gone, but only after putting Somerset on the brink of victory with a sensational 92 off 59 balls.

The West Indian tried to hit Reece Topley for six but smacks it straight to Ravi Bopara at deep mid-wicket.

He will be disappointed to miss out on his 15th T20 century, but what an innings.