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Summary

  1. Birmingham Bears beat Worcestershire
  2. South Group wins for Middlesex, Sussex, Hants & Kent
  3. Bairstow 92 drives Yorkshire victory
  4. Wins for Lancs & Notts in North Group
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By Amy Lofthouse, Phil Shepka, Matt Halfpenny and Chris Hartley

All times stated are UK

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That's just about it from another exhilarating night of T20 Blast cricket.

It was two home-grown stars, in Jonny Bairstow and Luke Wright who provided the fireworks. Who's this Brendon McCullum?

We'll be back next week with live text and radio coverage from all the T20 games.

Until then, goodnight and thank you for joining us.

ROUND-UP: KENT BEAT SOMERSET BY 22 RUNS

Kent openers set up win for leaders

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Kent are closing in on the T20 Blast quarter-finals after a commanding victory over struggling Somerset at Canterbury.

Daniel Bell-Drummond (77) and Joe Denly (61) set the tone for what was to come with an accomplished 112-run opening stand.

Alfonso Thomas claimed 3-28 for the visitors as they ended their innings on 173-6.

Somerset lost wickets throughout the innings, finishing on 151-9.

It was left to bowlers Jamie Overton (31 off 17 balls) and Abdur Rehman (30 not out off 13 balls) to prolong the match, while Calum Haggett, Fabian Cowdrey and Darren Stevens each took two wickets for the victors.

ROUND-UP: YORKSHIRE BEAT DURHAM BY FIVE WICKETS

Bairstow and Leaning pull off unlikely victory

An incredible 92 from 42 deliveries by Jonny Bairstow helped Yorkshire seal an unlikely win over Durham.

Durham posted an intimidating 191-6, with 55 runs coming from the last four overs courtesy of John Hastings (43) and Graham Clark (91).

Yorkshire's reply got off to a terrible start when Australia's Aaron Finch fell to the first ball of the innings.

Bairstow however struck eight boundaries and six fours, and was well-supported by Jack Leaning (39) as Yorkshire ended on 194-5.

ROUND-UP: SUSSEX BEAT GLAMORGAN BY EIGHT WICKETS

Sensational Wright sees Sussex home

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Sussex captain Luke Wright smashed an unbeaten 92 as the Sharks eased past Glamorgan at Hove.

Wright hit six maximums in his 46-ball knock in a sensational 117-run opening stand with Chris Nash (50).

Earlier, Ben Wright posted an unbeaten 63 off 46 balls as Glamorgan looked to have set a competitive 164-7, but the hosts reached their target with more than five overs to spare.

Sussex remain within a point of South Group leaders Kent in second, while Glamorgan dropped a place to fifth.

ROUND-UP: HAMPSHIRE BEAT SURREY BY 29 RUNS

Wheater inspires Hants win

Adam Wheater's brilliant innings of 78 steered Hampshire to a comfortable 29-run win against Surrey at the Ageas Bowl.

Wheater struck 11 fours and a six in his 52-ball innings, supported by James Vince (31) and Owais Shah (37) as Hampshire reached an imposing 186-5.

In reply, danger man Jason Roy fell for just nine, and despite contributions from Kumar Sangakkara (28), and Vikram Solanki (34) and a late cameo from Azhar Mahmood (34 off 24 balls), Surrey rarely looked likely to reach the target as they finished on 157-9.

The victory propelled Hampshire up to fourth in the South Group, and above Surrey who slipped to seventh.

ROUND-UP: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BEAT DERBYSHIRE BY TWO RUNS

Gurney helps Notts to tight victory

Harry Gurney kept his cool in a dramatic final-over finish to bowl Notts to victory against neighbours Derbyshire and keep alive their hopes of reaching the T20 Blast knock-out stages.

The hosts accrued 172-6 batting first thanks in large part to international players past and present, Alex Hales and Samit Patel, who made 54 and 52 respectively, while Shiv Thakor took 3-25 as Derbyshire's stand-out bowler.

The visitors seemed to have the run chase well in hand as Hamish Rutherford struck 62 from 47 balls, but his dismissal by Jake Ball (3-36) set up a nail-biting finale.

The Falcons needed 11 to win off the last six deliveries, but were limited to eight, meaning Wayne Madsen's unbeaten 51 was in vain as they finished on 170-4.

ROUND-UP: MIDDLESEX BEAT ESSEX BY SIX WICKETS

Finn shines as Essex skittled

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Middlesex cruised to only their third win of the campaign against a below-par Essex at Richmond.

Steven Finn reduced Essex to 42-5 with a superb four-wicket haul. James Franklin also took three as the visitors were bowled out for 109 two overs shy of their allocation, James Foster top scoring with 33.

Middlesex were always in control as they chased the meagre total, opener Nick Gubbins setting the tone with 22 as the hosts reached their target with 18 balls to spare on 110-4.

Middlesex remain rooted to the bottom of the South Group, while Essex stay in the quarter-final hunt in third.

ROUND-UP: BIRMINGHAM BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY FIVE WICKETS

Clarke puts Bears in quarter-finals

An unbeaten 52 from Rikki Clarke helped Birmingham Bears overcome Worcestershire in a dramatic Midlands derby and qualify for the quarter-finals.

Some big-hitting from Brett D'Oliveira (56 not out) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (66) took Worcestershire to 160-5 on a slow pitch.

Brendon McCullum hit a huge six to begin the Bears' reply, before being dismissed by Joe Leach for 15.

Despite losing wickets in clusters, Clarke and Ateeq Javid (22 not out) guided group leaders Birmingham to an unlikely win.

ROUND-UP: LANCASHIRE BEAT LEICESTERSHIRE BY 40 RUNS

Horton and Brown set up Lancs victory

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Well-paced half-centuries from Paul Horton (63), Karl Brown (52) and Steven Croft (50) helped Lancashire cruise to a 40-run victory against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The visitors batted first and piled up 191-5, with only Clint McKay (1-26) avoiding heavy punishment.

Leicestershire got their reply off to a flying start, but the wickets of Ned Eckersley (19), Mark Cosgrove (21) and Ben Raine (4) in three successive overs reduced the hosts to 51-3 and all-but ended the game as a contest.

Medium pacer Jordan Clark finished with 3-41 and spinner Stephen Parry 2-29 as Leicestershire limped to 151-8 at the close of their innings.

How things stand - South Group

Kent sit top of the table and have one foot in the quarter-finals while Sussex are only a point behind in second.

Essex, Hampshire and Glamorgan are all level pegging on 12 points and even bottom side Middlesex have kept their slim qualification hopes alive with a win tonight.

See the full table

here.

How things stand - North Group

Birmingham Bears have sealed their quarter-final spot and opened up a four point gap on Worcestershire.

Lancashire are in third, but Yorkshire in eighth are only three points behind with at least a game in hand on the teams above them.

Derbyshire remain bottom and look unlikely to make the quarters.

See the full table

here.

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Middlesex and England bowler Steven Finn: "A few guys learning from Cookies mistake and wearing a box whilst fielding tonight for Middlesex at Richmond. Get to keep the Crown Jewels safe."

England captain Alastair Cook took one in the unmentionables on Thursday while fielding in the slips in their Ashes Test match against Australia in Cardiff.

REACTION: BIRMINGHAM BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY FIVE WICKETS

Worcestershire 160-5 (20 overs) v Birmingham Bears 161-5 (19.3 overs)

Worcestershire assistant coach Matt Mason: "It was disappointing to be on the wrong end of the result. In these games there's always plenty of entertainment. I thought it was a really good game of cricket.

"It was a tough pitch to bat on. I felt that when we came off we had enough runs. Rikki Clarke played a terrific innings but sometimes you come up against a player on his day to win a game for his team. That's what Rikki did tonight.

"He was happy to knock it around for a couple of singles and pick up the twos and the odd boundary. Unless we got him out, he was always in apposition to do what he did. Laurie Evans also played a an explosive innings."

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Ryan Thomas: "Glamorgan must be sick of the sight of Sussex in the T20. Another century opening partnership to follow last month's 10 wicket win."

Benjamin Watts: "Cushty win for Kent. 22 runs the winning margin. Spitfires stay top of the South Group with 16 points."

REACTION: MIDDLESEX BEAT ESSEX BY SIX WICKETS

Essex 109 (18 overs) v Middlesex 110-4 (17 overs)

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Middlesex bowler Steve Finn who took 4-28:

"It was nice to pick up four wickets, but the win was more important.

"It was good to bowl my four overs at the top of the innings and to get the wickets and stem the flow or runs.

"The pitch was okay to start with, but then it got slower and harder to bat on as the game went on."

REACTION: MIDDLESEX BEAT ESSEX BY SIX WICKETS

Essex 109 (18 overs) v Middlesex 110-4 (17 overs)

Essex head coach Paul Grayson: "It was a massive disappointment to lose the game, but it was a bad day at the office.

"If we want to qualify for the quarter-finals we'll need to win our last two games. This is Essex, we never do things the easy way."

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Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher, currently on loan at Surrey: "What a game!!! Balls of steel from @JakeBall30 and @gurneyhf absolute top class death overs #outlaws."

Harry Gurney gave away just eight runs in the last over to see Notts win by a narrow two runs.

BREAKING: KENT BEAT SOMERSET BY 22 RUNS

Kent 173-6 (20 overs) v Somerset 151-9

It's quite some finish from Abdur Rehman, even if it's in a losing cause. He's just gone six, four, six, dot, four, six. And then been caught off a no-ball.

Matt Coles' final ball is driven straight down the ground for a single to bring the match to a close. It was a 22-run defeat in the end, but the gulf between the teams was much bigger than that margin suggests.

James Tredwell's bowling was a key factor for the hosts, going for just 15 from his fours overs, and he also captured the wicket of opener Jim Allenby.

REACTION: BIRMINGHAM BEARS BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY FIVE WICKETS

Worcestershire 160-5 (20 overs) v Birmingham Bears 161-5 (19.3 overs)

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Birmingham Bears batsman Rikki Clarke, who scored 52: "Obviously we are delighted with the two points. We have not had a great record here. We have struggled on Worcester wickets.

"Again it was an attacking wicket, we felt they probably got 20 more than they should have done. But we felt that we could take it deep with our batting line-up and that's what we did.

"There was a little bit of consolidation in the middle period. Again I think that's the wicket, you can't take too many risks. Laurie Evans has come and played an amazing knock.

"Sometimes I have to come in and throw the bat but I had a bit more time today and batted all the way through."

That's six wins out of seven now for Birmingham Bears over Worcestershire. Not good reading if you're a Pears fan.

BREAKING: HAMPSHIRE BEAT SURREY BY 29 RUNS

Hampshire 186-5 (20 overs) v Surrey 157-9 (20 overs)

Azhar Mahmood's little cameo comes to an end on 34, holing out to Joe Gatting off Danny Briggs' final ball.

Surrey made a decent fist of chasing down Hampshire's huge total of 186-5 largely thanks to Kumar Sangakkara (28) and Vikram Solanki (34), but were always behind the rate.

Briggs starred with the ball, taking 3 for 21, while Will Smith and Mason Crane both chipped in with two apiece, Crane making the legendary Sri Lankan his first T20 victim.

SIX MAXIMUMS NEEDED

Surrey 152-8 v Hampshire (19 overs, target 187)

Azhar Mahmood takes two fours off Yasir Arafat's first four balls and then a six off his final ball to move on to 31 off 20 balls.

A total of 20 off the over, but it's all academic. The visitors need 35 from the final six balls - just six a ball then.

Danny Briggs to wrap things up.

YORKSHIRE BEAT DURHAM BY FIVE WICKETS

Durham 191-6 v Yorkshire 194-5 (18.5 overs)

Former Yorkshire wicketkeeper Richard Blakey on BBC Radio Leeds: "It's been a packed crowd who had fantastic value this evening. At half-time we said it would be a tall order and someone would need to play a big innings, and Jonny Bairstow played out of his skin for 92.

"He was well, well supported by Jack Leaning, let's not underestimate him - and Tim Bresnan came in at the end and finished the job.

"Let's just hope this sets them off on the winning streak they need to qualify for the quarter-finals. They'll be confident after that, something like that can change a season."

Somerset 113-9 v Kent (18 overs, target 174)

The end is nigh here at Canterbury. Mitch Claydon takes an excellent, running catch to see the back of Max Waller and give Calum Haggett his second wicket.

Surrey 132-8 v Hampshire (18 overs, target 187)

Adam Wheater is in the thick of things again, stumping James Burke off the bowling off Danny Briggs.

Quite a night for the Hampshire keeper who has three stumpings after his half century.

Surrey need two very big overs - 53 runs to be exact.

YORKSHIRE BEAT DURHAM BY FIVE WICKETS

Durham 191-6 v Yorkshire 194-5 (18.5 overs)

An absolutely remarkable win by Yorkshire at Headingley.

Tim Bresnan picked up where Jonny Bairstow left off, blasting 24 from just eight balls. Facing Usman Arshad, Bresnan smashed four, six and six to take his side to victory.

The night will belong to Bairstow but it was an important knock from Jack Leaning. His 39 from 31 balls was full of sharp singles and his willingness to give Bairstow the strike.

92 from just 42 balls - Jonny Bairstow, take a bow.

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Glamorgan 164-7 (20 overs) v Sussex 165-2 (14.5 overs)

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms: Another magnificent innings from Luke Wright 92 @SussexCCC win by 8 wickets what a night!

Yorkshire 163-5 v Durham (16.3 overs, target 192)

Former Yorkshire wicketkeeper Richard Blakey on BBC Radio Leeds: "This huge crowd are stood up giving Jonny Bairstow the ovation he deserves. He's batted for just 42 balls for his 92 and given Yorkshire a real chance of winning this game.

"It may slow up while Tim Bresnan gets his eye in and gets used to the light."

Yorkshire need 30 off 21 balls. Where's your money?

BREAKING: SUSSEX BEAT GLAMORGAN BY EIGHT WICKETS

Glamorgan 164-7 (20 overs) v Sussex 165-2 (14.5 overs)

Australian batsman George Bailey ends a sensational run chase in typical fashion, as he puts Dean Cosker into the stand.

But Luke Wright was the undoubted star, only denied a century by the target itself, finishing unbeaten on 92 off just 46 balls with six maximums and eight fours.

Wright and Chris Nash (50) made mincemeat of what had looked a decent target by Glamorgan with a devastating century opening stand.

KEY WICKET Bairstow (c Collingwood b Arshad 92)

Yorkshire 163-5 v Durham (16.3 overs, target 192)

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A remarkable innings from Jonny Bairstow comes to an end, but that's an incredible knock by the England wicketkeeper-batsman.

Usman Arshad's over gets off to a shaky start as Jack Leaning is caught in the deep off a no-ball.

Bairstow cuts the right-armer for another boundary but he's caught by Paul Collingwood just two balls later for a supreme 92 from 42 deliveries.

Bairstow's 92 included eight boundaries and four sixes. That is some hitting.

SURREY COLLAPSING

Surrey 112-7 v Hampshire (15.3 overs, target 187)

Surrey's hopes are fading as Mason Crane has Vikram Solanki stumped by Adam Wheater for 34.

That man Wheater then catches Zafar Ansari off the bowling of Will Smith, but is there late hope as Ben Foakes hits two sixes off Crane's final two balls. Too little, too late?

Erm yes, as Foakes has just been stumped off Danny Briggs.

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Yorkshire 154-4 v Durham (16 overs, target 192)

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Unsurprisingly this 5th wicket stand of 86 for @Yorkshireccc is a record for them v @DurhamCricket in @NatWestT20Blast."

Jonny Bairstow and Jack Leaning are absolutely flying at Headingley.

LANDMARK FOR WRIGHT

Sussex 143-2 v Glamorgan (13.4 overs, target 165)

Another landmark for Luke Wright as he takes his season tally past 500 runs with the seventh four of his innings, Graham Wagg the victim.

Matt Machan helps himself to a four and six off Michael Hogan before Wright hits Wagg for yet another boundary.

Wagg gets some consolation as he has Machan caught on the boundary for a rapid 12.

Sussex have got this in the bag though.

Somerset 89-7 v Kent (14.5 overs, target 174)

Barring a big, big innings from New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi, it always looked as if Kent would be in pole position.

Now that he has holed out trying to hit one all the way, it's as good as over. Fabian Cowdrey takes the wicket, Matt Coles the catch.

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Nottinghamshire 172-6 (20 overs) v Derbyshire 170-4 (20 overs)

Nottinghamshire: "@DerbyshireCCC there's a minibus waiting for you at reception #CricketHasLanded"

Nice little bit of goading there from Notts after beating their fierce rivals Derbyshire in front of a record Notts T20 crowd at Trent Bridge.

BAIRSTOW GOING BONKERS!

Yorkshire 143-4 v Durham (15 overs, target 192)

This is a nice little cameo from Jack Leaning, who has done his best to keep Jonny Bairstow on strike while finding the boundary himself with ease.

The first ball of Chris Rushworth's final over goes for four, due to some poor fielding on the boundary, before Bairstow slams a straight drive past the bowler.

The wicket-keeper then slams a huge six over long-on, much to the delight of the crowd, to leave him on 82 off 37 balls.

Yorkshire need 49 from the last five overs.

BREAKING: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BEAT DERBYSHIRE BY TWO RUNS

Nottinghamshire 172-6 (20 overs) v Derbyshire 170-4 (20 overs)

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Harry Gurney is given the responsibility of bowling the final over of the match, with Madsen hitting the first ball for a well-run two.

Ball two is a dot to make it nine needed off four.

Madsen takes a two off the third ball through square leg and can only manage a single off the fourth delivery, as can Billy Goldeman off the penultimate ball.

With four required off the last ball to tie, Madsen can only manage two. You have to hand it to Gurney, he held his nerve superbly under huge pressure.

KEY WICKET Nash (c Lloyd b Wagg 50)

Sussex 126-1 v Glamorgan (12 overs, target 165)

Just two balls after reaching his 50, Chris Nash falls as Glamorgan finally find the breakthrough.

David Lloyd takes the catch off Graham Wagg's bowling, but Luke Wright moves to 73 with two more boundaries off Wagg.

Sussex are cruising here.

KEY WICKET Sangakkara (c Gatting b Crane 28)

Surrey 80-3 v Hampshire (11 overs, target 187)

Big wicket for teenager Mason Crane as Kumar Sangakkara is caught by Joe Gatting for 28 off 17 balls.

The run rate has climbed to more than 12 an over, but former England international Vikram Solanki is still there on 31.

Young Mason will remember that wicket for a long time I'm sure.

11 NEEDED OFF LAST OVER

Derbyshire 162-4 v Notts (19 overs, target 173)

Jake Ball has bowled superbly for the Outlaws in that penultimate over, getting Hughes for 13 as the batsman dragged on trying to heave the ball to the fence. The over went for seven.

11 runs off the final over is the equation for Derbyshire,

TIGHT FINISH IN PROSPECT

Derbyshire 155-3 v Notts (18 overs, target 173)

It looks likely to go down to the wire here at Trent Bridge, but Derbyshire must be favourites with wickets in hand and Wayne Madsen well set on 40.

Plenty in the crowd are biting their fingers, with the Falcons needing 18 off the final two overs.