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Summary

  1. Brendon McCullum smashes 158 for Bears
  2. McCullum's score second best in T20 history
  3. The Kiwi's total also a new T20 Blast record
  4. Bears, Worcs, Lancs & Durham all seal wins
  5. Victories for Glos, Surrey, Glamorgan & Kent

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By Phil Cartwright, Amy Lofthouse, Josh Hunt, Jay Freeman and Matt Halfpenny

All times stated are UK

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BIRMINGHAM BEAT DERBYSHIRE BY 60 RUNS

McCullum fireworks light up Edgbaston

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Well, it was Brendon McCullum who stole the headlines on another action-packed Friday night in the T20 Blast.

A stunning 69-ball 158 from the New Zealand captain helped holders Birmingham Bears to a 60-run win over Derbyshire.

McCullum's frenetic innings, which included 13 fours and 11 sixes, is the biggest score made in English domestic T20 cricket.

He was well supported by Varun Chopra (51) and Laurie Evans (16) as he sent the Derbyshire bowlers around the park.

Derbyshire started aggressively in reply to the Bears' 242-2, with Hamish Rutherford (39) striking three sixes, but they were unable to come anywhere near Birmingham's mammoth score as they finished 182 all out.

LANCASHIRE BEAT YORKSHIRE BY 29 RUNS

Lancs set new record in Roses win

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Lancashire made it a Roses double over Yorkshire, winnings a high-scoring contest at Old Trafford by 29 runs.

Without Australia all-rounder James Faulkner because of a disciplinary issue, Lancashire posted their highest total in T20 cricket.

Ashwell Prince and Karl Brown both hit fifties in a mammoth score of 231-4.

In reply, Stephen Parry dismissed danger men Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell in the same over, and despite a late half-century from Tim Bresnan, the home side secured a comfortable win to boost their chances of qualification.

SURREY BEAT MIDDLESEX BY EIGHT WICKETS

Ansari and Sangakkara display aids Surrey victory

Kumar Sangakkara
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Surrey powered to an eight-wicket victory against Middlesex thanks to a fine display with bat and ball at The Oval.

Despite Dawid Malan reaching 40, including three fours and a six, Zafar Ansari (3-17) led Surrey's bowling charge as Middlesex slumped to 105-9.

Despite losing openers Tom Curran (16) and Jason Roy (21) within the first six overs, Surrey made easy work of their chase.

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara (40 not out) and Gary Wilson shared an unbeaten third-wicket 69-run partnership as they coasted to victory.

GLAMORGAN BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY 23 RUNS

Rudolph the star in Welsh side's success

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Jacques Rudolph excelled with bat and ball as Glamorgan won by 23 runs at Hampshire.

Rudolph struck 77 from 45 balls, an innings that included 13 fours, in Glamorgan's total of 181-7.

Hampshire looked well set to chase down that target with Michael Carberry at the crease, but the home side's chances of victory seemed to disappear once he departed for 70 off 46 balls.

Rudolph claimed 2-8 from his two overs as Hampshire fell 23 runs short, ending on 158-6.

KENT BEAT SUSSEX BY SEVEN WICKETS

Blake brings home comfortable Kent win

Mitchell Claydon and Alex Blake prospered as Kent easily overcame a below-par Sussex at Hove.

Asked to bat first, Sussex could only muster 136-8 from their 20 overs, with their last four batsman all falling for single figures.

Kent's reply got off to a wobbly start when Daniel Bell-Drummond (4) fell in the first over.

However, some composed hitting from Blake (52) and Sam Billings (39) guided Kent home with 34 balls to spare, finishing on 137-3.

WORCESTERSHIRE BEAT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BY 20 RUNS

Hales dismissal sparks Nottinghamshire collapse

Alex Hales made an explosive start, but couldn't fire Nottinghamshire to victory over Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore led the way for the visitors with the bat, striking a career-best 75 from 39 balls as the Rapids set Nottinghamshire 174 to win.

England batsman Hales raced to 47 from 29 deliveries, but his dismissal, caught attempting to heave Daryl Mitchell for his fourth six, shifted the momentum back towards Worcestershire.

Australia all-rounder Dan Christian struck a quick-fire 20, but it wasn't enough to prevent the hosts from slumping to their fifth loss in six games in the T20 Blast.

DURHAM BEAT LEICESTERSHIRE BY 38 RUNS

Stoneman stars in Durham victory

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Chester-le-Street:

It turned out to be a comfortable night for Durham as they defended their total of 163-5 with ease.

Mark Stoneman starred with the bat with a career-best 89 not out in a partnership of 65 with Usman Arshad, who made 28. Arshad (3-18) then took three wickets for the first time in a T20 match, while team-mate John Hastings got three as well.

Leicestershire were poor in the field and with the bat. Ben Raine went for 56 runs in four overs without taking a wicket, the joint-third worst figures in the competition's history, while Stoneman was dropped three times.

And the Foxes just never got going with the bat as they were stifled by some very good Durham bowling, backed up by tight fielding.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE BEAT SOMERSET BY EIGHT WICKETS

Marshall and Klinger set up comfortable derby win

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Gloucestershire eased to an eight-wicket win over local rivals Somerset at Taunton.

A 156-run stand between openers Hamish Marshall (93) and captain Michael Klinger (58) helped the visitors cruise to victory as they reached their target of 175 with four balls to spare.

Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh made a fast start to Somerset's innings but the momentum was lost when they both departed.

Some late hitting from Luke Ronchi and Tom Cooper got the home side to a respectable 174-6, but their total was overhauled fairly easily as Gloucestershire pair Marshall and Klinger made light work of the run chase.

What an evening of T20 Blast action! Have you caught your breath yet?

By our reckoning, it's time we took you all through a wee recap of everything that's gone before during the last four hours or so...

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Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris on Twitter: Brendon McCullum!!!!!! #blockingit

Styris wasn't exactly shy with bat in hand, of course, having once struck the equal third-fastest century in T20 cricket against Gloucestershire back in 2012.

Match reaction

Durham beat Leicestershire by 38 runs

Leicestershire captain Grant Elliott:

"Our out-cricket was not up to our usual standards. A couple of catches went down which we would normally expect to take and we let them get 15-20 too many.

"We tried to keep going to the end for run-rate purposes."

Magic McCullum

Birmingham beat Derbyshire by 60 runs

BBC WM 95.6's Richard Wilford: "None of us have seen anything like that before. It was the sort of thing you expect to see in a computer game. It was one of the most extraordinary T20 innings that's ever been played in the world.

"The atmosphere was reminiscent to one of those semi-finals you used to get in knockout competitions. The fact you saw it in a group game was really exciting."

Match reaction

Durham beat Leicestershire by 38 runs

Mark Stoneman
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Durham captain Mark Stoneman:

"I felt we were about 15 ahead of a challenging score. It was a tough night for Ben Raine, he's been the hero one week and the villain the next, but that's T20 cricket. It turns round very quickly."

Match reaction

Gloucestershire beat Somerset by eight wickets

Gloucestershire batsman Hamish Marshall:

"It's always nice to get runs in a local derby. As usual it was a pretty good pitch at Taunton and it turned out to be our day.

"If you get in and play good cricket strokes you get value for your shots here because the outfield is so quick. Somerset tried to get us out with slower deliveries, but we threw our hands at the ball and it came out of the middle.

"Michael Klinger is such a professional to bat with and it was another great knock from a quality player, who is having a brilliant summer."

Gloucestershire beat Somerset by eight wickets

BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton: "Dust settling here in Taunton as the Somerset players keep their young fans happy with an autograph session. A bizarre sight overhead, with around 100 seagulls circling the pitch, looking for scraps. I'm sure there's a metaphor in there somewhere."

Somerset players
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Match reaction

Worcestershire beat Nottinghamshire by 20 runs

Nottinghamshire assistant coach Wayne Noon told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"After Alex Hales was out the momentum shifted back to them and all of a sudden the pitch looked like it was hard to score on.

"At halfway everyone was happy in the dressing room and we dragged it back nicely from what was looking like a 200 score at one stage.

"But we let the rate get too high too quickly, which happened the other night against Derbyshire.

"With

Peter Moores coming in now, we'll get some fresh eyes. It's disappointing, we have a very strong side on paper and it's not happening."

BreakingGlamorgan beat Hampshire by 23 runs

Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 158-6 (20 overs)

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And that's that - a win for Glamorgan to wrap up the evening's action.

Captain Jacques Rudolph was the Welsh side's key man, with bat and ball, as they beat Hampshire by 23 runs at the Ageas Bowl.

The South African made 77 in his team's total of 181-7, with Craig Meschede's late cameo proving crucial.

Rudolph then took 2-8 and also the catch that dismissed the dangerous Michael Carberry, who hit a blistering 70 for the hosts.

Sussex 136-8 v Kent 137-3 (14.2 overs)

BBC Sussex's John Lees: "It was a pretty convincing victory for Kent, with 34 balls to spare, and they were much the better side. If you're put in you have to make a good score, and 136 by Sussex was simply not enough."

And then there was one...

Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 148-6 (19 overs)

So we're down to our last game of the evening. Hampshire need 34 off the final over. Are we in for a grandstand finish?

BreakingKent beat Sussex by seven wickets

Sussex 136-8 v Kent 137-3 (14.2 overs)

It's game over in what turned out to be a fairly sedate seaside clash at Hove, as Kent win by seven wickets.

Sussex's batting never really fired and once Luke Wright went the team seemed to go with him.

Despite Kent's early wobble, Sam Billings and Alex Blake were excellent. Billings struck a huge six and a four from the penultimate Chris Liddle over, before Blake registered 50 from just 29 balls.

Kent replace Sussex at the top of the South Group.

Match reaction

Gloucestershire beat Somerset by eight wickets

Somerset director of cricket Matt Maynard:

"I thought our batting was pretty good on a dry pitch and we were satisfied with a score of 174.

"We then had the game taken away from us by two quality batsmen and I would prefer to praise them than be critical of our bowlers.

"If there was an area of concern it was that Gloucestershire out-fielded us and we need to work on that."

Sussex 136-8 v Kent 128-3 (12.4 overs)

BBC county cricket broadcaster Lizzy Ammon: "It is looking like it's going to be a canter home for Kent, especially after Sam Billings has just launched that six towards the hospitality area. It might only be an over or so more before they get home."

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Sussex on Twitter: We'll take this opportunity to remind everyone that it is an offence to enter the playing area when play is in progress. Clothed or not...

Wise words indeed...

Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 125-5 (14 overs)

Michael Carberry
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BBC Sport's Adam Williams at the Ageas Bowl: "Michael Carberry's classy knock is over and have Hampshire's hopes gone with it?

"The former England opener struck 70 off 36 balls but it was Glamorgan captain Jacques Rudolph who ended his onslaught with a catch on the boundary."

And the Hampshire slide has continued, as Will Smith falls for two, meaning the hosts require 56 runs with five wickets and 24 balls remaining.

Sussex 136-8 v Kent 113-3 (12 overs)

There's a break in play at Hove as a streaker takes to the pitch and swan dives into the stumps. Not particularly pleasant viewing - spare a thought for the poor stewards who have to chase him.

Kent have ticked along nicely without losing any further wickets. They need just 24 more runs, with Alex Blake having made an excellent 42 from 23 balls.

BreakingWorcestershire beat Nottinghamshire by 20 runs

Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 153-9 (20 overs)

Nottinghamshire won't be entirely sure how they've lost this one, but it's Worcestershire who take home the two points from Trent Bridge.

Alex Hales looked to be firing the Outlaws to victory, but his dismissal turned the match on its head as Worcestershire cruised to a 20-run victory.

Daryl Mitchell was the pick of the Rapids bowlers, the captain conceding only 18 runs from his four overs and getting the vital wicket of Hales in the process.

WICKET

Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 117-4 (14 overs)

Just when he looked like guiding Hampshire to victory, Michael Carberry is out for 70 and the hosts need 65 to win with six overs left.

A close finish on the cards at the Ageas Bowl.

What you might've missed...

Brendon McCullum
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Surely, if you weren't with us at the time, you'll have heard about it by now?

Earlier on, Brendon McCullum struck an unbeaten 158 to guide Birmingham Bears to victory over Derbyshire at Edgbaston - the second highest score in T20 history.

The New Zealand captain brought his hundred up off 42 balls and carried his bat as Warwickshire made 242-4.

If you'd like to read more about it

click here.

BreakingBirmingham beat Derbyshire by 60 runs

Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire 182-9 (20 overs)

A brave effort from Derbyshire - but after that sensational innings from Brendon McCullum, they were always up against it.

Every batsman came out and had a go, which was pleasing for the crowd - Hamish Rutherford got off to a flyer but Birmingham held their nerve well.

Tonight, however, belongs to McCullum. One of the most remarkable displays of T20 hitting you're likely to see.

BreakingLancashire beat Yorkshire by 29 runs

Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 202-8 (20 overs)

A night to remember for Lancashire, as they complete a Roses double over Yorkshire.

Their 29-run win was set up by a mammoth total of 231-4 - Lancashire's highest in T20 cricket. Not a bad effort after losing the toss and being put into bat.

Aaron Finch and Andrew Gale started well in reply, but a stunning spell of bowling from Stephen Parry swung the match firmly in Lancashire's favour.

Bresnan hits 50

Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 194-8 (19.2 overs)

A defiant 51 from Tim Bresnan off 24 balls, his first fifty in T20 cricket, but it's in a losing cause for Yorkshire. Ashwell Prince takes a superb catch on the boundary and Lancashire are close to victory.

Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 147-8 (19 overs)

Riki Wessels
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BBC Radio Nottingham's Paul Johnson: "Notts have made a bit of a mess of this. From about over eight they wasted deliveries to score and two sets of two wickets, back-to-back, did not help them. But the dismissals of Alex Hales and Riki Wessels when they looked set has been the key."

Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 173-7 (18 overs)

Tim Bresnan hasn't given up on victory. Either that, or he's just having a bit of fun. He hits two big sixes and four in three balls off Steven Croft. Just the 59 runs needed off the last two overs for Yorkshire.

Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 153-7 (17 overs)

It's a similar scenario for Yorkshire at Old Trafford - they need 79 to win from the last three overs.

The Bears on the brink

Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire 157-8 (16 overs)

It's falling away rather quickly now for Derbyshire as Will Porterfield takes a steepling catch to dismiss Shiv Thakor for three.

Tom Knight is next to go, trapped on the crease by Jeetan Patel for 22, and Derbyshire need 86 runs from 24 balls. I don't think even Brendon McCullum could do that.

Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 124-6 (16.5 overs)

BBC Radio Nottingham's Paul Johnson: "There is a mass exodus after Steven Mullaney's wicket. A lot of the crowd think it is all over already and are heading for the car park."

Sussex 136-8 v Kent 59-3 (7 overs)

There's been a quick clatter of wickets at Hove, as Kent stumble in their relatively simple chase.

Sam Northeast falls to a fine catch by George Bailey as he tried to cut Ollie Robinson through the covers, before Fabian Cowdrey is caught by Michael Beer.

There's some resistance from Sam Billings, however, as he thrashes Chris Liddle for consecutive boundaries.

WICKETS

Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 118-5 (16 overs)

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Nottinghamshire's powerplay fireworks feel a very long time ago, as the run rate has climbed to nearly 14 an over.

Australian all-rounder Dan Christian tries to fight back as he strikes two much-needed boundaries off Worcestershire spinner Brett D'Oliveira.

But Samit Patel is caught off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal, before the Pakistan spinner bowls Christian with the very next ball to leave the Outlaws in deep trouble.

BreakingSurrey beat Middlesex by eight wickets

Middlesex 105-9 v Surrey 106-2 (14.4 overs)

Surrey powered to an eight-wicket win against Middlesex, thanks to a fine bowling display from Zafar Ansari and an unbeaten partnership between Kumar Sangakkara and Gary Wilson.

Ansari took three wickets as Middlesex collapsed, losing England one-day captain Eoin Morgan for just eight runs as they limped to 105-9.

Surrey, by contrast, stormed their innings, including a superb 13th over, with 21 runs scored and 17 contributed by Sangakkara.

Sangakkara (40 not out) and Gary Wilson combined with a 69-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership to help the hosts to victory at The Oval.

WICKET

Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 70-1 (8 overs)

BBC Sport's Adam Williams at the Ageas Bowl: "Just as Michael Carberry and James Vince looked like they could bat all night untroubled, Vince goes to a relatively soft dismissal.

"The Hampshire captain attempted to loft Andrew Salter over the rope but only found Dean Cosker in the deep and falls for 28. Hampshire still well set, though."