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  1. Northants win by seven wickets to reach Finals Day
  2. David Willey hits 100 and takes 3-27
  3. Willey hit 34 off one Michael Yardy over and reached century with six
  4. Fifties for Jayawardene & Nash in Sussex's 165-7

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By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's about all we've got time for tonight.

It's certainly a game that will live long in the memory thanks to David Willey's brilliant century.

Don't forget, we'll be back tomorrow from 18:15 BST with live text and radio commentary of the second quarter-final between Birmingham Bears and Essex Eagles from Edgbaston.

Until then, thank you for joining us and goodnight.

Northants beat Sussex by seven wickets

Northants captain Alex Wakely on David Willey's innings to Sky Sports:

"It's certainly the best Twenty20 innings I've ever seen. The fact it was chasing, in a big game, it was absolutely phenomenal.

"He's a really calm character. It was as clean striking as I've ever seen. He's just getting better and better."

Northants beat Sussex by seven wickets

Northants captain Alex Wakely told Sky Sports:

"It feels pretty good. There's been a few difficult times around the club at the moment, but all we can do is concentrate on the cricket and getting to Finals Day is a massive part of that. We're obviously chuffed.

"They got off to a really good start, but we knew we had to get a couple of wickets and the wickets kept coming for us and that's why we managed to claw it back."

Northants beat Sussex by seven wickets

Northants coach David Ripley told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It was a very special performance. We got the underdogs tag against a strong Sussex side and we really dug in and from the halfway stage of their innings. A brilliant catch from Josh Cobb gave us a lift and we really got stuck in the last 10 overs of their innings.

"I thought they were under par with that score and then it was all about David Willey from that point. It was unbelievable striking.

"We know he is capable of doing it and it's great personally that he got to his 100. He's a Northampton lad and it's a special moment that he's got us to Finals Day."

David Willey
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Northants beat Sussex by seven wickets

Sussex skipper Luke Wright told Sky Sports:

"You're just trying to chop and change the bowlers but he (David Willey) had an answer to everything we did.

"Unless we could have fielders in the middle of Hove somewhere tonight then we couldn't get near him.

"It was like watching (Chris Gayle) bat the way he was hitting it sometimes.

"We've just got to say well played to him, congratulations to Northants, the way they fielded and chased those runs down was credit to them."

Northants beat Sussex by seven wickets

Sussex skipper Luke Wright told Sky Sports:

"At one point we were hoping to be 180, but that great catch of (Josh) Cobb changed the innings. It was a very special catch.

"Mahela (Jayawardene) was playing beautifully at the time. I still think at the halfway stage you're still in the game with 165.

"That innings (of David Willey) was pretty special and if we'd got him it could have been a very different game."

Josh Cobb and Alex Wakely celebrate victory
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So we now know Northants are through to Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday, 29 August.

Here's a reminder of how the rest of the quarter-finals shape up...

Birmingham Bears v Essex - Thursday, 13 August (18:30 BST) - Edgbaston

Worcestershire v Hampshire - Friday, 14 August (17:30 BST) - New Road

Kent v Lancashire - Saturday, 15 August (14:30 BST) - Canterbury


Sussex 165-7 (20 overs), Northants 166-3 (16 overs)

Northants are going to Finals Day! Steelbacks captain Alex Wakely wins it by reverse sweeping Will Beer for four.

But it was David Willey's marvellous century which made sure this game was as good as over half way through the innings.

The England man blasted 10 sixes in his 41-ball 100 with some of the cleanest striking you're ever likely to see.

Sussex were probably 20 or 30 runs light, but I'm not sure it would have mattered with Willey in that sort of form.

What a night at Hove!

David Willey
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Northants 161-3 (Cobb 21, Wakely 4)

Target 166

Josh Cobb deposits Will Beer over the mid-on boundary for 13th maximum of the innings.

Just 5 runs needed.

Northants 155-3 (Cobb 15, Wakely 4)

Northants need 11 runs from 30 balls

Northants are doing this in singles and twos, but that's all they need.

Chris Jordan's 15th over goes for just five runs.

The home crowd are now heading for the exits. They know the game is over.

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WICKET Duckett (c Nash b Beer 5)

Northants 148-3 (Cobb 12) Target 166

Ben Duckett loses a bit of concentration and hits Will Beer straight into the hands of Chris Nash at deep mid-wicket.

Northants need 18 runs from 38 balls. You'd have to think that wicket was academic.

Northants 145-2 (Cobb 10, Duckett 4)

Northants need 23 runs off 43 balls

It's all gone a bit quiet out there, but that is because David Willey has single-handedly won this game for Northants.

Chris Liddle concedes four runs off his third over.

I forgot to say earlier amid the carnage that Willey's 40-ball century was the fastest in this season's T20 Blast, beating Brendon McCullum's 42-ball ton for Birmingham Bears against Derbyshire.

Northants 141-2 (Cobb 8, Duckett 2)

Target 166

Michael Yardy, who was smashed for 34 in his last over, comes back well as he concedes just four runs from the 12th.

Ben Duckett has replaced David Willey at the crease.

Northants need 25 off 48 balls. A walk in the park.

David Willey has played one of the great T20 innings. I've not seen ball striking like that for a long time. What a talent he is.

Chris AdamsEx- Sussex batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

WICKET Willey (c Bailey b Mills 100)

Northants 137-2 (Cobb 6) Target 166

Ah, he's gone the ball after reaching his hundred.

David Willey tries to smack his 11th six, but holes out to George Bailey on the deep mid-wicket boundary off Tymal Mills.

But he's played a sensational innings that will live long in the memory and put the Steelbacks in the semi-finals. Surely?!

DAVID WILLEY SMASHES 100 (40 balls, 7 fours, 10 sixes)

Northants 137-1 (Target 166)

David Willey celebrates
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David Willey brings up a magnificent century with his 10th maximum.

Another huge hit over square-leg off Tymal Mills.

He has won this game for his side, no doubt about that.

Northants 128-1 (Willey 93, Cobb 5)

Target 166

This is getting ridiculous from David Willey now. But stunning to watch.

He launches Tymal Mills' first two balls of the over for six, the first over long-on, the second slammed over square-leg.

He's just seven short of a century.

Northants 116-1 (Willey 81, Cobb 5)

Northants need 50 runs off 60 balls.

Well, I'm absolutely speechless after what David Willey just did in that previous over.

But Will Beer keeps his head in the next over and concedes just four runs.

The Hove crowd is silent and a few are even leaving, but they are witnessing something special here.

Northants 112-1 (Cobb 3, Willey 79)

Target 166

This is UNBELIEVABLE striking from David Willey.

He has just smashed Michael Yardy for 34 off the over.

Six, four, six, six, six, six.

Willey is 79 off 32 balls.

Kevin Howells

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

That has cleared the stand, it has probably cleared the ground. That ball has travelled a country mile out of the ground.

FIFTY FOR DAVID WILLEY (27 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes)

Northants 84-1 (Target 166)

David Willey bats
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David Willey launches Michael Yardy for another big maximum over the mid-wicket fence to bring up his 50.

Absolutely superb hitting from Willey.

Northants 78-1 (Cobb 3, Willey 45)

Target 166

That's a fine over from Will Beer.

After removing Richard Levi, the 26-year-old concedes just four runs.

Replays suggest Levi was a bit unlucky to be given out. The ball looked like it was heading down the leg side.

WICKET Levi (lbw b Beer 24)

Sussex 74-1 (Willey 44) Target 166

Will Beer has struck with his first ball!

Richard Levi tries to reverse sweep the leg-spinner but cannot connect and the ball thuds into his pad.

Up goes the finger, cue wild celebrations from the home players and fans.

Is it too little too late though?

Richard Levi has decided it is time to come to the party. If he gets going as well this game will be over very quickly.

Chris AdamsEx- Sussex batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Northants 73-0 (Levi 23, Willey 44)

Target 166

Richard Levi hits Chris Liddle a mile into the air but it's still got the legs to go over the mid-on boundary.

Two balls later and Levi dispatches him over square-leg for another maximum.

Someone needs to stem these runs for Sussex. And quickly.

Northants 60-0 (Levi 11, Willey 43)

Northants need 106 runs from 84 balls

It's a much better over from Chris Jordan but Sussex can't stop the boundaries.

Jordan fires in a yorker which just misses Richard Levi's off-stump before the big South African smashes him over mid-on for four.

Northants' powerplay by a mile.

Northants 53-0 (Levi 6, Willey 41)

Target 166

David Willey
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Richard Levi gets in on the act now as he swats Chris Liddle to the mid-wicket boundary.

David Willey has 41 from 21 balls.

Northants are going to win at a canter if this carries on.

I don't know if we'll get that one back, it has gone right out of the ground. It's the biggest six of the night. Sussex need wickets.

John LeesBBC Sussex

Northants 48-0 (Levi 2, Willey 40)

Target 166

That is out the ground!

The ball is right in the slot from Chris Liddle and David Willey clears his leg and swipes him over mid-wicket for his second maximum.

Clean hitting of the highest order from the England all-rounder.

That's a big stroke of luck for Northants. It's awkward under the lights but as Jayawardene came in he didn't know whether to come in for the catch or not and it span past him.

Stephen PetersEx-Northants captain on BBC Radio Northampton

Northants 38-0 (Levi 2, Willey 30)

Northants need 128 more runs from 16 overs

David Willey
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Tymal Mills is causing all sorts of problems here with his pace.

However it's a slower ball which almost does for David Willey.

The left-hander tries to pull it away but completely mis-times it and the ball falls just short of Mahela Jaywardene.

To make things worse it bounces past the Sri Lankan and rolls to the boundary.

Northants 30-0 (Levi 2, Willey 23)

Target 166

He had a bit of a nightmare with the bat, and I'm sorry to say Chris Jordan's first over hasn't gone to plan either.

David Willey follows up his maximum with three more boundaries.

An expensive over. 18 from it.

Willey has 23 from 13 balls and is flying.

Northants 18-0 (Levi 2, Willey 11)

Target 166

Welcome back Chris Jordan. David Willey smashes his first ball straight back over his head for a massive six.

That was huge.

Northants 12-0 (Levi 2, Willey 5)

Target 166

Tymal Mills takes the new ball at the other end for Sussex and troubles both batsmen with his pace which is touching 90mph.

David Willey plays a couple of streaky inside edges as just four runs come off the over.

Fine start from Mills.

Northants 8-0 (Levi 1, Willey 4)

Target 166

Michael Yardy concedes just one run from his first five deliveries but then ruins things with a horrible leg-side wide which sees the batsmen also run three.

To make things worse, the extra delivery is swept for four by David Willey.

General shot of play
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They're back out at Hove already.

Michael Yardy will open the bowling for Sussex. Richard Levi to face.

The target is 166.

Australia take charge of Women's Test

Megan Schutt
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Meanwhile, at Canterbury, Australia are on charge of the Women's Ashes Test after

bowling England out for 168 on day two.

The tourists, already four points to two up in the multi-format series, earlier declared on 274-9 in their first innings.

Richard Levi Info

Luke Wright may have failed to fire earlier, but this man is equally as destructive with the bat.

What can Richard Levi do for Northants?

Azharullah signs new Northants deal

Muhummad Azharullah
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The news is that fans' favourite Azharullah has signed a new two-year deal.

The 31-year-old is Northants' leading wicket-taker in the T20 Blast with 15 victims at an average of 22.46.


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