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  1. Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs
  2. Lancashire win their first T20 title
  3. Davies hits 47 as Lancashire make 166-7
  4. Northants reply with 153-6 at Edgbaston

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By Brendon Mitchell

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Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

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So there we are, Lancashire are champions.

Thanks for joining Gary Smee, Paul Grunill and I for today's T20 Blast Finals Day, it's been another epic showpiece event at Edgbaston.

If you've still not quite had your cricket fix for the evening, you can read Adam Williams' report from Birmingham by

clicking here.

But, until next time, it's goodnight from us.


Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

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Lancashire Lightning won their first T20 title with a 13-run win over Northants in the final at Edgbaston.

Chasing 167 to regain the trophy they won in 2013, the Steelbacks needed 21 to win off the final over.

It proved beyond them as the Red Rose county lifted the trophy for the first time in three final appearances, having finished runners-up last year.

Alex Davies top-scored with 47 off 26 balls in Lancashire's 166-7, with Northants mustering 153-6 in reply.

David Willey

England and Northants batsman on Test Match Special

It’s probably a game we could have won but none of us got going with the bat. We didn’t bowl great up front and they got a good start but with the exception of Cobb we didn’t get past 30. To win would have been a dream finish for me and it’s sort of how I pictured it in my heads. As has been well documented, we’re a small club and we’ve overachieved so credit to the lads and back room staff. Unfortunately we couldn’t get across the line.

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Lancashire lift the trophy!

Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

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Steven Croft and his players lift the T20 Blast trophy aloft. There's plenty of fireworks, champagne and jumping around. A great moment for the Red Rose county.

The winning captain

Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

Lancashire skipper Steven Croft told Sky Sports: "I'm glad we got over the line. We've been playing some great T20 cricket. We've had a few injuries here and there, but we built the momentum up as the tournament went along."

The losing captain

Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

Northants skipper Alex Wakely told Sky Sports: "We played as a team this year. It hasn't just been about one person. I'm really proud of the guys, given the pretty limited resources.

"I've got a lot of hope for the future. There's no denying it's quite tough when you're competing against the guys who have the financial backing but we'll just keep doing what we're doing."

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Josh Cobb

Northants batsman on Test Match Special

It’s a massive disappointment. We were underdogs to a lot of people but we were backing ourselves to go out and win it. We can be proud to get to the final but it is a shame not to get over the line. I struggled to get going with the bat, while I was there I was always backing myself but I probably needed someone to play a good cameo at the other end. Unfortunately we lose Willo who’s exceptional for or T20 side but there’s a lot of talent in our squad who can step up and maybe we can come back next year.

Man of the match - Alex Davies

Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

Man of the match Alex Davies, who struck 47 for Lancashire, told Sky Sports: "I think I've been guilty of playing a bit recklessly in the past so I think the occasion just made me realise what I needed to do for the team. We knew we could defend a score like that with our spinners."

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Glen Chapple

Lancashire player/coach on Test Match Special

The lads have been great today, we had a lot of belief and they came through to beat some tough teams today. I’m delighted for them. It happens a lot in professional sport if you maintain the momentum. These games always come down to a rub of the green but it’s fantastic to get over the line. Gavin’s selection was a big call. We practised this week and he was superb in training. We thought he was bowling as well as anyone. The way he held his nerve in the last two overs was fantastic. This is the most pleasing moment in T20 cricket.

Jos Buttler

England and Lancashire batsman on Test Match Special

Outstanding. It‘s a great win from a pretty young side. We knew we had a good score on the board. I said if we bowled like we did in the semi, we knew we were going to win. It’s our first win in seven so we’re going to enjoy it. I’m delighted for them, there’s some experience in there but there’s some young lads in there too and it’s great Gavin Griffiths bowled as well as he did. It’s been fantastic, the best summer’s cricket I’ve ever had and to win against Australia would be a great finale.

Ashley Giles

Lancashire head coach on Sky Sports

It's a fantastic night. There were so many sub-plots in the whole thing. I'm just over the moon for the boys, they've worked so hard. It's been a battling sort of campaign but they got there in the end.


Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

Well done, Lancashire. Their players dance on the Edgbaston turf in celebration, waiting to be presented with the T20 Blast trophy.


Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

The last ball of the match goes for four from captain Alex Wakely, but it's all academic at this stage - Lancashire have won the domestic T20 for the first time!

Northants 149-6 (Cobb 44, Wakely 0)

Target 167

The Steelbacks need 18 off the last ball. I don't fancy their chances.

WICKET Kleinveldt (c Croft b Griffiths 11)

Northants 148-6 (Cobb 43) Target 167

Rory Kleinveldt has one final throw of the dice, attempting a big 'un into the offside, but he's caught on the boundary by Steven Croft.

The maths are against Northants now.

Northants 148-5 (Cobb 43, Kleinveldt 11)

Target 167

A single from the first ball to Rory Kleinveldt, and then a single from the second for Josh Cobb.

Nineteen runs from four balls. It's now or never for Northants.

Northants 146-5 (Cobb 42, Kleinveldt 10)

Target 167

Well played, James Faulkner. Three singles from the final deliveries leaves the Steelbacks requiring 21 runs from the final set of six.

And Gavin Griffiths, who only made his T20 debut earlier this after, will be tasked with bowling the last over of the match.

Lancashire are in the box seat.

Northants 143-5 (Cobb 41, Kleinveldt 8)

Target 167

A single for Josh Cobb and then a dot from James Faulkner, before Rory Kleinveldt manages to guide the next delivery behind square for four on the offside. Northants are just clinging in there.

Northants 138-5 (Cobb 40, Kleinveldt 4)

Target 167

Rory Kleinveldt is next in then. He manages to work his first ball for four too, but Gavin Griffiths rescues a dot from his final delivery.

Now 29 needed from 12. James Faulkner is back on the pitch and, like an absolute trooper, back into the attack.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

What a brilliant moment for a youngster when you've got Afridi going for you. This could be the turning moment.

WICKET Afridi (c Livingstone b Griffiths 26)

Northants 133-5 (Cobb 39) Target 167

But Gavin Griffiths has his breakthrough with the very next delivery, as Shahid Afridi attempts to go big into the off side, only to be caught on the deep cover boundary by Liam Livingstone.

At this stage, Lancashire were 140-6.

Dropped catch

Northants 133-4 (Cobb 39, Afridi 26) Target 167

Oh Alex Davies, what have you done there?

Gavin Griffiths is launched by Josh Cobb high into the Birmingham sky - but is dropped by Davies.

Northants 131-4 (Cobb 38, Afridi 25)

Target 167

Two singles off the first three deliveries is followed by a really well-struck four down the ground for Josh Cobb to keep Northants in the game.

But again two dots from Arron Lilley, the second superbly fielded off his own bowling, keeps the Steelbacks behind the eight ball.

Thirty-six from the last three overs. Time for some Shahid Afridi magic, I reckon.

Northants 125-4 (Cobb 33, Afridi 24)

Target 167

To add insult to injury, Shahid Afridi then lifts his next ball over the wicketkeeper for four.

He does rescue a plucky dot ball from the final delivery though, meaning Northants now need 42 off 24.

Arron Lilley is into the attack, James Faulkner is off the pitch.

Northants 121-4 (Cobb 33, Afridi 20)

Target 167

Ouch, ouch, ouch.

Shahid Afridi flat bats a short delivery straight back to James Faulkner, who puts it down around knee height.

But, while I may cruelly call it a dropped catch, the Australia all-rounder had little to no chance of snaffling that - and it looks like he's done some serious damage to his little finger too.

The camera pans to Faulkner as he appears to have it put back into place by the physio. Not pretty. It is, at least, his non-bowling hand so he'll soldier on.

Northants 118-4 (Cobb 31, Afridi 19)

Target 167

Lancashire are still favourites, make no mistake about that, but they'll really want to split this partnership before it all starts to get out of hand.

George Edwards's latest over goes for 15, including one massive Josh Cobb six down the ground.

Northants need 49 from 30 balls.

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Remember, the group game between these two went to the last ball. We will see what happens here.

Northants 103-4 (Cobb 19, Afridi 16)

Target 167

Northants are just about hanging in there, with 64 required from 36 deliveries. Fourteen came from that last Steven Croft over.

They'll need another six overs like that, will the Steelbacks.

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Northants 99-4 (Cobb 16, Afridi 15)

Target 167

Shahid Afridi has really caught hold of that one, absolutely battering a massive six over cow corner!

Northants 91-4 (Cobb 15, Afridi 8)

Target 167

Stephen Parry will bowl the last of his four then, and he restricts the Steelbacks to a Shahid Afridi boundary past deep extra cover and a handful of singles.

Parry ends with figures of 1-23.

Northants 82-4 (Cobb 14, Afridi 1)

Target 167

Don't fancy playing yourself in then, Shahid? Afridi smashes his first ball high into the sky, but it just about falls between two Lancashire fielders. Very, very fortunate.

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Edgbaston

"Until those dismissals of Ben Duckett and Steven Crook, you felt this final was still very much in the balance.

"But Lancashire's use of spin has once again turned the screw and an asking rate of more than 10-an-over looks like it could be well beyond Northants.

"However, there's still a man called Afridi in the Northants side who could turn a game on his own."


WICKET Crook (c Lilley, b Croft 2)

Northants 81-4 (Cobb 13) Target 167

Steven Croft is back into the attack now and, after five runs from the first four deliveries, has Steven Crook caught on the boundary.

Shahid Afridi on his way to the middle. Northants need him to go big, there's no doubt about that.

Stephen Moore

Former Lancashire opener on BBC Radio Lancashire

The one thing I thought Northants might have done was bring Afridi in at this point because if they carry on in this manner, with the spinners bowling, Lancashire have this one in the bag.

Northants 76-3 (Cobb 9, Crook 1)

Target 167

A really good over that from Stephen Parry, with the wicket of Ben Duckett and only two singles from it.

Lancashire are well and truly back on top once more.