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Summary

  1. Brendon McCullum hits 18 on Bears debut
  2. Luke Wright smashes century for Sussex
  3. Jason Roy makes 61 for Surrey
  4. Eoin Morgan out for seven as Middlesex lose
  5. David Willey hits 31, but suffers ankle injury
  6. Golden ducks for Moeen Ali & Alex Hales

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By Owen Phillips, Phil Harlow, Steve Marshall, Chris Hartley and Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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So, another evening's T20 entertainment has come to a close and those spectators in position at Bristol and Chelmsford to witness brilliant centuries by Luke Wright and Jesse Ryder can count themselves fortunate indeed.

For a full list of T20 Blast fixtures, click

here. We'll be back again with another live text commentary and more commentaries from BBC local radio and 5 live sports extra next Friday.

We started this evening's coverage by quoting the stirring speech of Shakespeare's Henry V at Agincourt and it seems only fitting that we bow out with a quote in a similar cultural vein. So don't forget 'tune in next week, same bat-time, same bat-channel'.

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DERBYSHIRE BEAT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BY 34 RUNS

Hughes ignites Derbys victory charge

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An electric start from Derbyshire helped the hosts to a comprehensive victory over their East Midlands rivals.

Chesney Hughes set the tone with a blistering 52 from just 33 balls after Hamish Rutherford smacked 37 on his T20 Blast debut, and there were contributions all the way down the order as Derbyshire racked up an imposing 201-7.

In contrast, Notts were rocked when Alex Hales was bowled by Nathan Rimmington (3-24) first ball, but a fluent 66 in just 33 balls from Riki Wessels kept Notts ahead of the asking rate at the halfway stage.

Samit Patel made 21 and captain James Taylor added 33, but as the required rate climbed, the wickets continued to fall, and Wayne White wrapped things up with the first ball of the final over.

The victory moves bottom side Derbyshire level on points with Notts in the North group, but below their rivals on run rate

ESSEX BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY 78 RUNS

Ryder runs riot against Hampshire

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Long regarded as one of the game's most dangerous hitters, Jesse Ryder finally registered a T20 Blast as Essex won a game in which they outplayed Hampshire in every department.

After playing second fiddle to Mark Pettini (74 off 45 balls) in opening stand of 126 in 12 overs, the New Zealander reached three figures off only 51 deliveries and finished unbeaten on 107, including eight sixes as Essex totalled 212-5.

It was the county's third-highest T20 total and never looked likely to come under threat after Hampshire lost their first three wickets with only 21 on the board.

Ravi Bopara marked his 100th domestic T20 appearance by taking three wickets in an over fopr figures of 3-23, and Reece Topley weighed in with 3-25 as Hampshire were bowled out for 134 with nine balls remaining.

SUSSEX BEAT GLOUCESTERSHIRE BY THREE WICKETS

Rampaging Wright rescues Sussex

A belligerent but wonderfully measured unbeaten 111 from all-rounder Luke Wright gave Sussex an improbable victory over Gloucestershire in Bristol.

Sussex, chasing a healthy total of 185-4, were in deep trouble at 104-6 after 15 overs and in an even bigger hole with 43 required for victory with 12 balls left.

But Wright hit four sixes in the penultimate over of the innings, which was bowled by James Fuller and yielded 34 runs and saw the Gloucestershire man ordered out of the attack for two full tosses.

Michael Klinger had earlier hit 61 in what looked like a match-winning total but, despite Sussex's early struggles, Wright came to the rescue and guided his side home with a ball left thanks to a 56-ball knock that included eight sixes and seven fours.

BIRMINGHAM BEARS BEAT LANCASHIRE BY ONE RUN

Bears hold nerve for Old Trafford win

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Birmingham Bears made it six wins out of seven and moved two points clear at the top of North Group as they denied Lancashire a second victory in the space of 24 hours.

Fresh from beating Durham on Thursday, the Red Rose county restricted last year's T20 Blast winners to just 137-8 at Old Trafford after New Zealand's Brendon McCullum made 18 off 14 balls on his Bears debut before being caught in the deep.

Varun Chopa (40) and William Porterfield (36) made the only scores of note, but eager bowling and fielding meant that Lancashire's run-chase faltered.

Recordo Gordon took 4-20 and although Liam Livingstone hit a four and a six in the final over, the task of scoring 17 to win proved beyond Lancashire, with Livingstone run out off the final ball.

SURREY BEAT GLAMORGAN BY 19 RUNS

Roy tees up rare Surrey victory

England opener Jason Roy's beautifully paced half-century and some exemplary spin bowling from Ashar Mahmood meant Surrey eased to victory over Glamorgan and

climbed off the foot of the South Group table.

Roy hit 61 from 47 balls but a Surrey collapse meant the Welsh side were well in the game chasing a total of 146-8.

They started steadily enough, reaching 41-1, but Mahmood's 3-14 from his four overs ripped the heart out of the Glamorgan reply.

And despite Wayne Parnell hitting 24 to give some hope going in to the latter stages, 17-year-old Sam Curran took three late wickets to wrap up just a second Surrey T20 Blast win this season.

Read a full match report

here

NORTHANTS BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY TWO RUNS

Kleinveldt and Crook heroics make the difference

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Some incredible late hitting by Steven Crook and Rory Kleinveldt earned Northants a thrilling two-run win over pre-match North Group leaders Worcestershire.

Crook (56 not out) and Kleinveldt (42) bludgeoned the ball to all parts as Northants hit 62 in the final three overs to post 193-8.

Moeen Ali was out to the first ball of the innings but a gutsy Rapids response saw them take the match down to the final over, with Ross Whiteley whacking an unbeaten 41 from 28 balls and Ben Cox adding 24.

Whiteley ran five twos off the final over, but he was unable to hit the boundary that was needed off the final ball to secure an unlikely victory at New Road.

LEICESTERSHIRE TIED WITH YORKSHIRE

Raine denies Yorkshire in last-ball thriller

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Ben Raine dismissed England spinner Adil Rashid with the final ball of a superb match at Grace Road to earn the Leicestershire a tie against Yorkshire.

The Foxes struggled for momentum against tight Tykes bowling, particularly from Matt Fisher (1-22) and Steve Patterson (1-25), as they posted what seemed a below-par 142-7.

But the visiting batsmen found it equally tough, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell both out cheaply, as Yorkshire wobbled at 79-5.

A mature knock from young Jack Leaning (48 not out from 30 balls), put the visitors on the verge of victory, but Raine (3-23) brought the crowd to its feet, trapping Rashid leg before with last ball.

SOMERSET BEAT MIDDLESEX BY NINE WICKETS

Allenby takes Somerset all the way

Jim Allenby smashed an unbeaten 89 from just 51 balls as Somerset romped to a nine-wicket win over a Middlesex side who have now lost five T20 Blast games in a row.

Allenby hit four sixes and nine fours and shared an opening partnership of 118 in 13.2 overs with Johann Myburgh (53) to go a long way to ensuring the total of 171-7 was reached with 12 balls remaining.

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan made just seven as Middlesex struggled to set a truly competitive total on a small Uxbridge ground with a quick outfield.

John Simpson was the one man to prosper, hitting a career-best 84 from 51 balls, but an Allenby-inspired Somerset had little trouble in reaching their target to keep their top-four hopes on track.

It's time to start our recap of this evening's T20 Blast action, then. With six England ODI stars and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum all in action, it's been a busy one...

So how do things look now?

There is more T20 Blast action over the weekend, with Nottinghamshire taking on Northants at Trent Bridge on Saturday and Somerset playing host to Glamorgan at Taunton on Sunday, both games starting at 14:30 BST.

Whatever the results, Birmingham Bears and Essex Eagles are guaranteed top spot in their respective groups going into next week.

The Bears now have 12 points following their narrow win over Lancashire at Old Trafford, two clear of Worcestershire and Leicestershire, but Northants could move into second if they defeat the Outlaws on Saturday.

In the South Group, Essex lead Kent by virtue of a superior run rate, with Sussex Sharks just a point behind, and Hampshire just two points adrift in fourth.

Essex all-rounder Jesse Ryder, on their win over Hampshire

"It was a good feeling to get my first-ever Twenty20 hundred, it's been a long time coming, but it was also nice to get it on my home ground as well. To win in the manner we did tonight was very pleasing.

"Mark Pettini was hitting the ball really well and he got us off to a perfect start which made it easy for me to cruise and give him a hand. He helped lay the platform for us to get that score tonight.

"Twenty20 is a funny game, anyone can win on the night, but hopefully we can keep the form we've got at the moment for the rest of the competition."

Johnson among wickets for Australia

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It hasn't taken long for Mitchell Johnson to lay down a marker for the Ashes, taking three wickets as

Australia continue to dominate Kent in their tour match.

The left-arm paceman took 3-42 as Kent closed on 203-5 after the tourists declared on 507-8.

Johnson took his first wicket with this sixth ball, pinning Daniel Bell-Drummond leg before, and returned to remove Sam Northeast and Ben Harmison.

Change of bat sparked Wright heroics

Sussex beat Gloucestershire by three wickets

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Sussex captain Luke Wright, who hit an unbeaten 111 in his side's win over Gloucestershire, told BBC Sussex: "At the halfway stage we were staring down the barrel and I was struggling to time it.

"But I changed my bat and I had a bit of luck and once I got one out of the middle it put the pressure on them and they started to miss.

"I thought we were going to be too far behind but that one big over made a huge difference. To finish it with a ball to spare was so pleasing. It's a massive win for us and that's three in a row now."

Notts underperforming in T20 - Johnson

Derbyshire beat Nottinghamshire by 34 runs

Former Nottinghamshire player and coach Paul Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham: "The question at the start of the competition was how Notts should do this season.

"They should win it with the side they have got, with the power hitting they have got at the top of the order, the quality of their seam bowlers and Samit Patel's spin.

"Things are not working and we are seeing a lack of confidence, a lack of belief and some pretty poor body language."

BreakingDERBYSHIRE BEAT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BY 34 RUNS

Notts 167 v Derbyshire 201-7

A miserable trip back up the A52 beckons for Notts as Steve Mullaney falls to the first ball of the final over, caught by Wayne Madsen, for four.

Notts 167-9 v Derbyshire (19 overs, target 202)

The wheels are falling off for Notts as Ben Hilfenhaus is caught by Wayne Madsen, off Nathan Rimmington, for one.

Three singles follow, and a dot ball, before Luke Fletcher sees his stumps flattened by Rimmington.

KEY WICKET Taylor (c Elstone b Thakor 33)

Notts 163-7 v Derbyshire (17.5 overs, target 202)

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James Taylor punches his bat in frustration as he can only find a single off Shiv Thakor's first ball.

Steven Mullaney takes a single and Taylor adds two more to the total. An lbw appeal is turned down as Taylor runs two leg byes.

But this time Taylor, going for the big shot, is caught by Scott Elstone right on the boundary rope. That is surely that for Nottinghamshire.

Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger, on their loss to Sussex

"It was a crushing defeat for us in the circumstances, but all the credit must go to Luke Wright for a fantastic innings.

"James Fuller had a plan for bowling to him in the penultimate over and simply couldn't execute it.

"We now have to hit the road for a Championship game at the Oval and there will be plenty of individuals pondering what they could have done differently during the journey."

Notts hopes are fading...

Notts 157-6 v Derbyshire (17 overs, target 202)

As the run rate climbs above 13, the pressure gets to the visitors, who suffer a second run out in as many overs, Greg Smith the victim.

James Taylor takes a single off Nathan Rimmington's second ball and a precious dot follows as new man Steven Mullaney takes guard.

Four leg byes precede a Mullaney single before Taylor scampers another single. It's getting steep - 45 required off 18 balls.

Notts 145-5 v Derbyshire (16 overs, target 202)

Former Nottinghamshire player and coach Paul Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham: "That's not a great wicket because Dan Christian is probably the one person who can really clear the ropes."

KEY WICKET Christian run out Hughes 2

Notts 145-5 v Derbyshire (16 overs, target 202)

Two singles open Wes Durston's final over before James Taylor slog sweeps a four.

But once again a boundary is followed immediately by a wicket, as Dan Christian is run out for two.

The skipper takes a single before new batsman Greg Smith hits his first ball for four. 57 needed from 24.

What they said

England batsman Jason Roy, on Surrey's win over Glamorgan

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"It was a great win on a tough wicket against a team that are in form and playing some nice cricket.

"It's nice to be back with the boys, in amongst all the banter again. I'm pretty happy that me and Dean (Elgar) had a good start and managed to get a few boundaries away, which is always helpful.

"We had a good platform to go from there, but the pitch deteriorated quite quickly and credit to our bowlers who actually came out and bowled exactly what we planned.

"They got a couple of early boundaries, but then we clawed it back really well."

KEY WICKET Patel c Durston b Thakor 21

Notts 138-4 v Derbyshire (15 overs, target 202)

Samit Patel finds the boundary with Shiv Thakor's second ball, but the bowler gets his revenge next ball as Patel is caught by Wes Durston.

Dan Christian joins the fray, but he and Taylor are restricted to a single apiece.

Good comeback from Thakor. Notts need an imposing 65 from only 30 balls, but the captain is still there.

Notts 136-3 v Derbyshire (14 overs, target 202)

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James Taylor launches his former Leicestershire team-mate Wayne White for six off the first ball of his final over.

Taylor then takes a brace and a single, as does Samit Patel, before Taylor takes a two off the final ball.

A better over for Notts, 14 from it. Now 70 needed from 36.

Birmingham director of cricket Dougie Brown told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and BBC WM 95.6

"After a really difficult day, to get over the line was a really good effort. We should have got 150 but 137 was always going to be competitive with three spinners in the team. Credit to the guys, they deserved to scramble over the line."

Birmingham, remember, were late getting to Old Trafford because of traffic problems on the M6 and were then put into bat.

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BBC Sport's

Elizabeth Ammon: "Outstanding bowling by Recordo Gordon. Read the pitch perfectly."

Bears top of North Group

Birmingham Bears 137-8 v Lancashire 136-8

BBC WM 95.6's Mike Taylor: "That's six wins out of eight now for the Bears. They are top of the group with Worcestershire losing and they are looking pretty good."

Notts 118-3 v Derbyshire (13 overs, target 202)

That's excellent stuff from Alex Hughes, no boundary for a second successive over.

He finishes with 0-22 from his four overs - a pretty stingy economy rate in the context of this game. Notts need 85 runs from 42 balls.

Notts 111-3 v Derbyshire (12 overs, target 202)

Another miserly over from Alex Hughes goes for just five singles to push the required run rate up a little.

Wes Durston also keeps things tight, restricting Notts skipper James Taylor and Samit Patel to eight.

The run rate is now above 11 and Notts need 91 from 48 balls.

BreakingBIRMINGHAM BEARS BEAT LANCASHIRE BY ONE RUN

Birmingham Bears 137-8 v Lancashire 136-8

What looked like it should have been a walk in the park for Lancashire, turned out out to be anything but as Birmingham Bears showed why they are the defending T20 Blast champions with an against-the-odds victory at Old Trafford.

Needing 17 off the final over, Liam Livingstone struck a four and a six for the Red Rose county, but another boundary was beyond him and he was run out in a futile attempt to complete a second run that would have forced a tie -but was only ever on if Tim Ambrose dropped Ateeq Javid's throw.

Seam bowler Recordo Gordon was their star performer, taking 4-20 from his four overs, including the vital wicket of dangerous James Faulkner for 34.

Lancashire 135-7 v Birmingham Bears (19.5 overs, target 138)

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Liam Livingstone pulls Oliver Hannon-Dalby for six just in front of square and Lancashire need three to win off the final ball.

KEY WICKET Davies c Ambrose b Gordon 6

Lancashire 121-7 v Birmingham Bears (19 overs, target 138)

Alex Davies attempts a reverse sweep and gloves a catch through to the keeper as Recordo Gordon finished his four overs with figures of 4-20 for Birmingham Bears. One over to go, 17 needed by Lancashire, it's all down to Liam Livingstone and Arron Lilley.

Wessels' cameo comes to an end

Notts 97-3 v Derbyshire (9.4 overs, target 202)

Former Nottinghamshire player and coach Paul Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He didn't get hold of it - perhaps got it a little higher up on the bat than the last one, which went for six."

KEY WICKET Wessels c Elstone b Durston 66

Notts 97-3 v Derbyshire (9.4 overs, target 202)

A good over from Alex Hughes slows Nottinghamshire's charge, with just four runs off the bat and two wides.

Riki Wessels then takes six and a four off Wes Durston as he seeks to maintain the run rate, but a third attempt finds Scott Elstone on the boundary.

A great knock, 66 at exactly two-a-ball, but it's a big blow for the visitors.

ESSEX BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY 78 RUNS

Essex 212-5 v Hampshire 134

It's all over at Chelmsford and that choir of significantly sized ladies are now in full voice. David Masters has Danny Briggs caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Tom Westley and Essex are victors over Hampshire by 78 runs.

Lancashire 120-6 v Birmingham Bears (18.4 overs, target 138)

BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read: "What a big breakthrough! Laurie Evans may have taken a decisive catch."

KEY WICKET Faulkner c Evans b Gordon 34

Lancashire 119-6 v Birmingham Bears (18.2 overs, target 138)

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Lancashire's James Faulkner rides his luck as an attempted slog-sweep in the 18th over results in a top edge that obligingly falls between two Birmingham Bears fielders. But his luck runs out in the next one as Laurie Evans takes a good catch to give Recordo Gordon his third wicket- 19 needed off 10 balls.

Wessels makes 50

Notts 77-2 v Derbyshire (7.2 overs, target 202)

That's a superb half-century from Riki Wessels, bringing up the landmark with a single. That's come in double-quick time too, off 23 balls and including eight fours and two sixes.

Just what Notts needed after losing Alex Hales for a duck.

But then another blow - opener Michael Lumb falls for 22 to Wes Durston. This total is certainly still chaseable, however.