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Summary

  1. James Vince's 99 not out sees Hants beat Kent
  2. Chris Gayle's last Somerset appearance is washed out by rain
  3. Jacques Rudolph hits ton in Glamorgan win

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By Phil Cartwright, Paul Grunill, Josh Hunt, Jay Freeman and Chris Ellis

All times stated are UK

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And that is just about your lot. What a huge pity that the crowd at Taunton were denied a final chance to watch Chris Gayle in action before he heads off for the Caribbean Premier League, but there was plenty of excitement elsewhere with wins for Glamorgan, Lancashire, Birmingham Bears, Worcestershire, Hampshire and Essex.

We'll be back with more T20 Blast action for you next Friday. Please join us then.

ESSEX BEAT SUSSEX BY SEVEN WICKETS

Tait's three wickets set up win

Mark Pettini
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Essex made light work of Sussex at Hove, easing to their modest target of 141 by seven wickets, with 20 balls to spare.

The hard work was done in the field, with Shaun Tait's 3-29 backed up by the rest of the Essex attack in a superb bowling display.

Only the experienced Mahela Jayawardene, who hit his first T20 Blast half-century, offered any real resistance.

In reply, Essex lost Jesse Ryder early but a 99-run second-wicket stand between Mark Pettini (pictured) and Tom Westley saw them accelerate towards victory.

Full match scorecard

here.

HAMPSHIRE BEAT KENT BY SIX WICKETS

Vince inspires impressive Hants victory

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James Vince powered Hampshire to a six-wicket victory in difficult conditions after a delayed start against Kent in Canterbury.

With the game reduced to 18 overs, Sam Northeast's knock of 54, including seven fours and one six, steered Kent to a total of 183-5.

But Hampshire opener Vince batted superbly in his unbeaten 99, and shared by a 58-run stand with Sean Ervine (37).

Vince hit eight fours and five sixes from 57 deliveries as Hampshire surged to the top of the South Group table.

Full scorecard

here.

WORCESTERSHIRE BEAT DURHAM BY THREE RUNS

Ajmal sparks Worcestershire comeback

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Saeed Ajmal took three wickets as Worcestershire pulled off an unlikely win against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

Captain Daryl Mitchell top scored for the visitors with 56 from 49 deliveries, while Tom Kohler-Cadmore smashed 53 off just 34 balls as the Rapids set Durham a target of 160 to win.

The hosts seemed to have victory in the bag at 110-3, but the Jets capitulated after Phil Mustard was caught at point attempting to reverse sweep Pakistan spinner Ajmal (3-16).

Despite some late fireworks from Gordon Muchall, who struck 18 off the final over, Worcestershire held on to take the points.

Full scorecard

here.

BIRMINGHAM BEARS BEAT NOTTS BY SEVEN WICKETS (D-L METHOD)

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Birmingham Bears timed their run-chase to perfection after rain left them with a reduced-overs target at Edgbaston.

Seam bowler Oliver Hannon-Dalby took 4-29 as the trophy holders excelled in the field to restrict Notts to 149-9.

Riki Wessels struck three sixes in his 39 off 19 balls for Notts and Darren Sammy cleared the ropes twice in a rapid 23 and when home skipper Varun Chopra went second ball, they were still in the hunt.

Needing to score 98 from 11 overs, Ian Bell (38) and William Porterfield put on 67 for the Bears, and Porterfield (37 not out) was still there at the end to hit the winning boundary with four balls remaining.

Full scorecard

here.

LANCASHIRE BEAT DERBYSHIRE BY 67 RUNS

Croft leads by example for Lancashire

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Lancashire Lightning skipper Steven Croft smashed his highest T20 score as last year's beaten finalists proved too strong for Derbyshire.

Croft hit two sixes and nine fours in his 94 not out off 51 balls and shared an unbroken stand of 151 with Australian James Faulkner, who contributed 47 off 30.

Derbyshire's run-chase never really got going once Chesney Hughes departed for 39 and their last seven wickets went down for just 35 runs in seven overs.

The final wicket was taken by 18-year-old Saqib Mahmood, who was making his senior debut for the home side.

Full match scorecard

here.

GLAMORGAN BEAT GLOUCESTERSHIRE BY 19 RUNS

Rudolph century earns Glamorgan win

Jacques Rudolph
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Jacques Rudolph hit an unbeaten century as Glamorgan earned a comfortable victory over Gloucestershire at the County Ground.

Rudolph struck 101 from 71 balls for the visitors, who made 191 from their 20 overs to leave Gloucestershire a challenging total to chase down.

Michael Klinger made 104 not out from just 63 deliveries, but the captain was given little support from his teammates, with Geraint Jones the next highest scorer with 25.

Requiring 21 from the final over, the impressive Michael Hogan kept the hosts to just seven, as Glamorgan made it back-to-back wins

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here.

Before we bring our coverage of this evening's T20 Blast programme to a close, let's look back at what happened in the six matches that were played to a close, with Somerset's game against Surrey and Leicestershire's home fixture against Northants ending in no-results because of the weather.

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Gayle says goodbye to Somerset

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Sadly there was to be no on-field farewell from Chris Gayle tonight. Somerset's game with Surrey was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain.

BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan takes a look back at the best moments of his brief stay in the West Country.

Durham's Phil Mustard

On defeat by Worcestershire

"It's a very disappointing result. We were in pole position. We've had a big chat in the dressing room about it.

"We needed 54 with seven wickets in hand and for a team of our stature we should never get beat from that position.

"The boys are very disappointed. We didn't perform to our ability today and it was very disappointing.

"I don't think it was a case of lack of trying. You have to look at the bigger picture, we should have never taken it down to the last two overs, that's the biggest disappointment in the dressing room."

Notts all-rounder Darren Sammy

On defeat by Birmingham Bears

"We didn't score enough runs and when you have a shortened chase, 10 runs an over with nine wickets in hand you back yourself to get it, as they did.

"It is a disappointing end to my stay with the Outlaws but I have really enjoyed playing with the boys in the T20 Blast.

"When I came here I said I wanted to entertain and help them to be successful.

"They are a good bunch of lads and good cricketers and we are still third in the group, so I have no doubt that I will be back because I have full confidence that they will qualify."

So how do the two group tables look after this evening's games? Durham remain on top of North group despite defeat by Worcestershire, but Birmingham Bears have joined them on eight points and all the teams below them have at least two games in hand. In the South group, Hampshire are on top, courtesy of their dramatic win over Kent, but the two teams both have eight points, as do Essex, who are second on net run rate.

Derbyshire batsman Wayne Madsen

On defeat by Lancashire Lightning

"Clearly the partnership between Croft and Faulkner took it away from us.

"A score of 200 is tough to chase. I thought we had a good crack.

"We played well early doors and were in a decent position - then we just lost wickets."

Birmingham Bears batsman Ian Bell

On win over Nottinghamshire

"Durham and Nottinghamshire are two of the better sides in the country so to take four points from those two games is brilliant.

"We did some really good stuff with the ball in particular tonight, especially Ollie Hannon-Dalby and Recordo Gordon, while Josh Poysden was outstanding.

"We chose to bowl first because the weather was likely to intervene. We knew that potentially it was going to be a shortened chase which puts it a little bit in favour of the side batting second.

"The target looked quite a big one in a way but we were quite happy with it."

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell

On victory over Durham Jets

"The most important thing was getting the two points and trying to force our way up the division. We got a decent score, perhaps just shy of par.

"I thought we started really poorly, we've set our standards higher than that in the past and I thought we didn't take control of the ball.

"Credit to the lads to show some spirit to fight back, helped by a little bit of magic from Saeed Ajmal.

"The wizard is back and that was a fantastic spell from him."

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BBC Radio Leicester's

Richard Rae following abandonment of game against Northants at Grace Road: "Have to say that in 40 years never played or watched cricket in light like that! @leicsccc @NorthantsCCC #bbccricket"

HAMPSHIRE BEAT KENT BY SIX WICKETS

Hampshire 187-4 (17.5 overs) v Kent 183-5

What a finish in the darkness in Canterbury considering just a few hours ago we weren't even sure we'd see the start of play. After a six-hour journey along the south coast, Hampshire sealed victory thanks to a fine knock from James Vince, who finished just a run short of acentury.

Let's not forget, in misty conditions with only 18 overs for each team to play, Kent set an impressive target of 184 thanks to Sam Northeast's half century and Alex Blake's knock of 49. But Hampshire opener Vince stole the show with a great display at the crease to power Hampshire to victory.

Hampshire 157-4 (15 overs) v Kent 183-5

18 balls remain in Canterbury and James Vince is looking increasingly confident as he hits his sixth four of the night. It's all set up for a thrilling finish as things stand.

WICKET Ervine (c Bell-Drummond b Ball 37)

Hampshire 133-4 (13.1 overs) v Kent 183-5

Well, the partnership of James Vince and Sean Ervine is broken as the latter is caught superbly by Daniel Bell-Drummond. Could this be the end of Hampshire's chase?

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Lancashire's

Arron Lilley: "What a win! congrats to @Stevenjcroft and @JamesFaulkner44 on PB's! 150 stand, proper hitting! Boulder Rolling... Strong Unit"

Vince (36 balls, 4x4, 2x6)

Hampshire 124-3 (12.2 overs) v Kent 183-5

James Vince reaches his half century with a fine display at the crease but his moment is spoilt somewhat, by the scoreboard at Canterbury failing to catch up with him.

Hampshire 119-3 (12 overs) v Kent 183-5

Matt Coles misses a chance to catch James Vince and Hampshire pick up three - they are knocking around the required run-rate and could be on course to reach the target of 184 from 18 overs.

Hampshire 110-3 (11 overs) v Kent 183-5

What a six from Sean Ervine and a huge finish to the 11th over! The charge is on now as we enter the closing stages of play in Canterbury, with Hampshire requiring 74 more in seven overs to seal victory.

Hampshire 99-3 (10 overs) v Kent 183-5

Another eight overs to go in Canterbury with Hampshire needing 85 runs from 48 balls. Sean Ervine has had a great start since coming to the crease, hitting two sixes from seven balls.

WICKET Shah (lbw Stevens 18)

Hampshire 75-3 (8 overs) v Kent 183-5

And Owais Shah is given lbw to Darren Stevens just as his partnership with James Vince looked like building Hampshire's run-rate going into the final 10 overs. Rain reduced this match to 18 overs per side, remember.

BreakingBIRMINGHAM BEARS BEAT NOTTS BY SEVEN WICKETS (D-L METHOD)

Birmingham Bears 101-3 (10.2 overs) v Nottinghamshire 149-9 (20 overs)

The T20 Blast holders make it four wins out of five in this year's competition as William Porterfield hits the winning boundary off Luke Fletcher with four balls remaining.

The Ireland batsman finishes unbeaten on 37 from 22 balls as they reach their revised target following a rain delay.

Earlier, he shared a second wicket stand of 67 in 6.1 overs with Ian Bell, who fell to Darren Sammy for 38.

Hampshire 54-2 (6 overs) v Kent 183-5

Hampshire will need to up their run-rate if they are to challenge Kent's formidable total. James Vince is doing his best to keep their charge going, hitting three fours and two sixes for his unbeaten 24.

Birmingham Bears 90-2 (9 overs) v Nottinghamshire 149-9

So, eight needed off the last two overs for the holders to register their fourth win of this season's competition, having been left with a revised target of 98 from 11 after a rain hold-up. Two successive fours by William Porterfield off Ben Hilfenhaus have made the Bears clear favourites.

BreakingWORCESTERSHIRE BEAT DURHAM BY THREE RUNS

Durham 156-7 (20 overs) v Worcestershire 159-5 (20 overs)

A brilliant comeback from Worcestershire to earn a well-deserved victory at Chester-le-Street.

Durham looked to be cruising to their fifth win at 110-3 after 13 overs, but Phil Mustard's dismissal sparked a collapse of epic proportions to hand the visitors the two points.

Gordon Muchall struck a four and a six off the final two balls of the innings, but it was too little, too late for the Jets.

BreakingESSEX BEAT SUSSEX BY SEVEN WICKETS

Sussex 140-9 (20 overs) v Essex 144-3 (16.4 overs)

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A comfortable win in the end, then, for Essex, set up by an excellent display in the field.

They limited Sussex to just 140-9 from their 20 overs, Shaun Tait starring with three wickets.

And despite the early loss of Jesse Ryder in their reply, Mark Pettini and Tom Westley took control as Essex strolled to their victory target with 20 balls to spare.

WICKET Bell (c Wessels b Sammy 38)

Birmingham Bears 67-2 (7 overs) v Nottinghamshire 149-9

Just when it looked like Ian Bell was guiding the holders towards their target he holes out to Riki Wessels who is patrolling the boundary. Only four overs left for them to reach a revised target of 98 from 11 as Laurie Evans joins William Porterfield.

WICKET Adams (c Davies b Coles 16)

Hampshire 32-2 (3 overs) v Kent 183-5

Just as Hampshire were making good progress, the partnership of James Vince and Jimmy Adams is broken as the latter is caught by Ryan Davies.

That's a blow to Hampshire as Adams was enjoying an impressive over, hitting 16 before he was dismissed.

Birmingham Bears 59-1 (6.2 overs) v Nottinghamshire 149-9

England's Ian Bell launches Samit Patel for six over extra cover to end the sixth over and after partner William Porterfield picks up a single from the first ball of the next, clears the rope again off Darren Sammy. A boundary later in the over means the rate is now down to almost a run per ball as the Bears look to score 98 from 11 overs to win the match under Duckworth-Lewis provisions.

WICKET Arshad (c Whiteley b Ajmal 6)

Durham 128-7 (18 overs) v Worcestershire 159-5

Durham's last boundary came in the 12th over. Usman Arshad attempts to remedy that situation by launching Saeed Ajmal through the leg side. Unfortunately for the Durham all-rounder, he can't clear the boundary and is caught at deep mid wicket.

Pakistan spinner Ajmal finishes with impressive fixtures of 3-16 from his four overs.

WICKET Pettini (c Cachopa b Liddle 48)

Essex 127-3 (14.5 overs) v Sussex 140-9

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Mark Pettini, like Tom Westley before him, falls just short of a half-century but his work is done. It's comfortable for Essex, who should wrap up an easy victory in the next few minutes.

"No way back," says former Sussex captain Chris Adams on BBC Sussex.

Birmingham Bears 37-1 (5 overs) v Nottinghamshire 149-9

An excellent over from Darren Sammy concedes only eight runs as last year's T20 Blast winners chase a revised target of 98 from 11 overs. Ian Bell and William Porterfield are the men at the crease, but the required rate is now close to 10 an over.

WICKET Carberry (c Davies b Coles)

Hampshire 5-1 (0.4 overs) v Kent 183-5

A terrible start for Hampshire in their chase as they lose opener Michael Carberry from just the fourth ball of their innings after he's caught by Ryan Davies.

WICKET Westley (c Wright b Yardy 47)

Essex 119-2 (13.4 overs) v Sussex 140-9

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A second-wicket partnership of 99 between Mark Pettini and Tom Westley is ended as Luke Wright takes an excellent catch at cover to dismiss Westley three short of a deserved fifty.

Shouldn't make too much of a different though. Essex are strolling home.

WICKET Hastings (run out 4)

Durham 119-6 (15.5 overs) v Worcestershire 159-5

This is a truly remarkable turnaround at Chester-le-Street. Graham Muchall hits Moeen Ali to mid-wicket and sets off for a quick single, but John Hastings can't make up his ground and is run out at the keeper's end. Ali finishes with figures of 0-30 from his four overs.

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