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Summary

  1. Wins for Somerset, Worcs & Glamorgan
  2. Somerset's Gayle out for 31
  3. Victories for Sussex, Middlesex & Lancashire
  4. Matches abandoned at Trent Bridge & Edgbaston

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By Adam Williams, Jay Freeman, Josh Hunt and Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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Johann Myburgh
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Well, that's that for another Friday night of T20 Blast action.

Maybe not quite as dramatic at times as a Dimitri Payet late winner, but there were some impressive moments in there.

The competition continues throughout this week as well as the One-Day Cup. You'll be able to hear all the action from BBC local radio through the BBC Sport website.

Plus, we'll be back once again next Friday with another set of eight fixtures as the groups begin to take shape with this season's contenders.

Until then - thanks for being with us.

Recap: Morgan's late flurry enough for Middlesex

Middlesex beat Essex by 17 runs

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England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan warmed up nicely for the coming one-day series against Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 59 at Chelmsford.

He hit 22 off the final over to push a sometimes stuttering Middlesex innings up to 173-8.

Essex floundered early in their reply as Middlesex's bowlers kept things tight.

Ryan ten Doeschate (58 not out) ran out of partners as Essex ran out of ideas and finished on 156-8.

Recap: Taylor fifty guides Sussex chase

Sussex beat Kent by four wickets

Ross Taylor's 62 helped Sussex beat Kent in a low-scoring game at Hove.

Kent were bowled out for 140 with the final ball of their 20 overs as only Sam Northeast (53) could get going.

Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan both picked up three wickets for Sussex.

Sussex lost early wickets as they struggled to 68-4, but Taylor's half-century and two boundaries from David Wiese in the final over saw them to victory.

Recap: Glamorgan ease to win over Gloucestershire

Glamorgan beat Gloucestershire by six wickets

Colin Ingram's half-century helped Glamorgan to a comfortable victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Chasing 169, South African Ingram made 64 and teenager Aneurin Donald hit a composed unbeaten 48 as the Welsh county reached 172-4 with nine balls to spare.

Gloucestershire's 168-8 saw several batsmen get starts but no one could go on. 

Recap: Rain has final say at Trent Bridge

Notts v Derbyshire - match abandoned, rain

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Heavy rain saw the North Group match between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire called off without a ball bowled.

The umpires held out until 20:00 BST before abandoning the match.

Both sides took one point.

Recap: Clark and Buttler complete Lancashire dash

Lancashire beat Leicestershire by nine wickets (D/L Method)

Rain breaks aplenty looked set to frustrate the Old Trafford crowd, but they were eventually treated to late flurry of runs.

Leicestershire had earlier posted 131-3 as a delayed start meant a reduction to 14 overs. Captain Mark Cosgrove was the mainstay with 66 not out.

Lancashire's reply was delayed by another rain break after just eight balls and then the equation to win was revised to 74 off seven overs.

Jordan Clark (31 not out) and Jos Buttler (20 not out) cleared the ropes and in the end, the defending champions made it look easy with five balls to spare.

#ThatWinningFeeling @Clarksy16 @josbuttler #RedRoseTogether

#ThatWinningFeeling @Clarksy16 @josbuttler #RedRoseTogether

Recap: Somerset surge to victory

Somerset beat Surrey by six wickets

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Johann Myburgh (86 not out) finished just two short of his T20 highest score as Somerset beat Surrey.

The South African right hander shared an unbroken 87-run partnership with Roelof van der Merwe (39 not out) to guide Somerset to 189-4 with four balls to spare for their second win in four games.

Dominic Sibley's earlier unbeaten 74 was the platform for Surrey's respectable 186-4, but Chris Gayle's early big hitting soon made it look inferior.

Gayle may have only lasted 13 balls, but they included four sixes in his 31.

Recap: No play at Edgbaston

Birmingham Bears v Yorkshire - match abandoned, rain

Birmingham Bears game against Yorkshire was abandoned because of rain.

The two teams did manage to have a toss, which Yorkshire won and elected to bowl first, but the rain arrived before the two teams could take to the field.

Recap: Cox blitz leads Worcestershire to win

Worcestershire beat Northants by three wickets

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Ben Cox's unbeaten 42 off 24 balls helped Worcestershire to a dramatic last-over victory against Northants at New Road.

Needing nine to win off the last six balls, Cox hit the first two deliveries from Azharullah to the boundary before a single took Worcestershire to 170-7 and earned the North Group leaders their fourth win in five matches.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore also continued his fine from in the competition with 60.

Earlier, Northants made 169-7 thanks to Ben Duckett's 43-ball 50, while the leading wicket taker in the T20 Blast, Joe Leach, took 3-26.

Recap

T20 Blast

Well, despite the rain, what a thrilling few finishes we had there. For those of you who missed the action we'll be bringing you a recap of tonight's eight matches shortly.

BreakingMIDDLESEX BEAT ESSEX BY 17 RUNS

Essex 156-8 v Middlesex 173-8

Essex fall short in pursuit of 174 despite Ryan ten Doeschate's (58 not out) best efforts.

Middlesex claimed early wickets in the home side's innings and Eoin Morgan's unbeaten 59, which included 22 off the final over, went a long way to securing their victory.

A third defeat in four games for Essex and a second win in three for Middlesex.

BreakingSUSSEX BEAT KENT BY FOUR WICKETS

Sussex 143-6 (19.3 overs) v Kent 140

Sussex get over the line at Hove, but boy did they make hard work of it!

With eight needed off the last over, David Wiese smashes David Griffiths over extra cover for four before finishing the game with a late cut to the third-man boundary.

It's Sussex's third victory in four as they move up to second in the South Group.

Essex need 27 off last over

Essex 147-8 (19 overs) v Middlesex 173-8

Pretty academic for Essex after Graham Napier fell to Mitchell McClenaghan in the penultimate over without scoring.

Ryan ten Doeschate reaches a 50, but there's hardly any applause from the partisan home crowd who know this one's up.

Sussex need eight off last over

Sussex 133-6 (19 overs) v Kent

Wow. Chris Jordan now goes in the penultimate over, caught by Alex Blake to give Mitch Claydon his third wicket.

Sussex require eight off six balls with Will Beer and David Wiese at the crease. Not easy under extreme pressure and with two new batsmen at the crease.

BreakingGLAMORGAN WIN BY SIX WICKETS

Glamorgan 172-4 (18.5 overs) v Gloucestershire 168-8 (20 overs)

Glamorgan have steamrollered their way to victory in Bristol and recorded their second win against Gloucestershire in limited-overs cricket in five days.

It's the Welsh county's third win in their last four T20 Blast games and fifth win in six in all one-day cricket this season.

Ian Cockbain and Kieran Noema-Barnett both his 37 runs as Gloucestershire posted a score of 168-8 from their 20 overs, despite Dale Steyn (2-21) and Graham Wagg (2-28) doing their best to peg them back.

But Glamorgan were carried by Colin Ingram's superb 64 and form-man Aneurin Donald's 48 as they eased to the win.

WICKET Taylor (c Tredwell b Claydon 62)

Sussex 129-5 (18.1 overs) v Kent 140

Oh, is there another twist in the game at Hove?! With just 12 needed off the last two Mitch Claydon removes Ross Taylor  caught at long-off for 62.

You'd still say this is Sussex's for the taking, but you never know! 12 needed off 11 balls.

Essex need 40 off 18 balls

Essex 133-7 (17 overs) v Middlesex 173-8

The quick wickets of Callum Taylor and James Foster have all but dashed Essex's hopes in this one.

Some have already made for the exits at Chelmsford - probably to down their sorrows with a few beers in the fine city.

Sussex need 12 from 12 balls

Sussex 129-4 (18 overs) v Kent 140

This has turned into a bit of a stroll for Sussex in the last few overs.

David Griffiths starts the 18th over with a no-ball and Chris Jordan hits the resulting free-hit to the ropes.

Griffiths does well to make sure there are no more boundaries in the over, but 13 still come from it.

BreakingLANCASHIRE BEAT LEICESTERSHIRE BY NINE WICKETS (D/L METHOD)

Lancashire 77-1 (6.1 overs) v Leicestershire 131-3 (14 overs)

All over at Old Trafford after a couple of rain breaks and some revised targets.

Lancashire get home in the end with five balls to spare after they were given just 34 balls to score 63 runs.

Jos Buttler (20 not out) and Jordan Clark (31 not out) got them there in devastating fashion.

Lancashire need three off last over

Lancashire 71-1 (6 overs) v Leicestershire 131-3 (14 overs)

Jos Buttler biffs Clint McKay for six in the penultimate over and you sense that might be the momentum to get Lancashire over the line.

You beauty, @josbuttler. SIX down the ground and @LancsCCC need 12 runs to win from 9 balls. Huge strike! amp.twimg.com/v/b7e4b138-17e…

Jordan Clark also gets in on the act to virtually take it home.

Sussex now favourites

Sussex 116-4 (17 overs) v Kent 140

Ross Taylor is single-handedly winning this game for Sussex. 

The big-hitting batsman smashes Mitch Claydon's first ball of the 17th over for six and it's already job done as he and Chris Jordan pick off ones and twos from the remaining five balls.

The Sharks need 25 off 18 balls.

Lancashire need 23 off 12 balls

Lancashire 51-1 (5 overs) v Leicestershire 131-3 (14 overs)

Two overs remaining at Old Trafford. Time for some more big hits with Jos Buttler out in the middle.

Essex need 66 off 30 balls

Essex 108-5 (15 overs) v Middlesex 173-8

Looking like a tough ask now for the hosts following Ashar Zaidi's dismissal.

Ryan ten Doeschate not quite ticking yet for Essex and he needs to get going quickly.

Ross Taylor on the charge

Sussex 105-4 (16 overs) v Kent 140

Oh my word, Ross Taylor has gone boundary crazy at Hove!

The New Zealander hits Kent spinner James Tredwell for 4,6,4 before bringing up his fifty with a single.

Just the over Sussex needed with 17 coming off it - they now require 36 off the last four.

WICKET Petersen (c Wells b O'Brien 23)

Lancashire 42-1 (4.2 overs) v Leicestershire 131-3 (14 overs)

Alviro Petersen falls for Lancashire in this even shorter version of the short game.

In comes England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler to pick up the pace and maintain the charge towards 74 off seven overs.

Bizarre bowling in Bristol

Glamorgan 140-3 (14.3 overs) v Gloucestershire 168-8 (20 overs)

Well this is interesting. Andrew Tye has been removed from the Gloucestershire attack after bowling his third consecutive waist-high full toss.

Glamorgan were awarded their third free-hit of the 14th over following two no balls and a wide.

Colin Ingram then punishes Chris Dent, who replaces Tye mid-over, by hitting two consecutive sixes.

But a fine innings for Ingram ends in the ball that follows as he is caught by Michael Klinger for 64.

Lancashire need 34 off 18 balls

Lancashire 40-0 (4 overs) v Leicestershire 131-3 (14 overs)

Excitement in this rain-affected match as Lancashire chase a revised target of 74 off seven overs.

Alviro Petersen and Jordan Clark giving the hosts every chance.

WICKET Zaidi (st Simpson b Stirling 27)

Essex 105-5 (13.4 overs) v Middlesex 173-8

Could be a big breakthrough for Middlesex as Ashar Zaidi's explosive 13-ball knock is ended.

He dances down the wicket and misses Paul Stirling's flighted delivery having hit three sixes.

Lights down

Essex 97-4 (13 overs) v Middlesex 173-8

In case you missed it earlier, a reminder they're a floodlight pylon down at Chelmsford tonight.

Could be tricky for the Middlesex fielders as this one looks set to reach an interesting conclusion.

Floodlights at Chelmsford
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Sussex need 58 off 36 balls

Sussex 83-4 (14 overs) v Kent 140

That's the equation facing the hosts at Hove as they enter the last six overs.

Ross Taylor is still there on 31 with Chris Jordan at the other end.

Which way is this going to go? I wouldn't like to place a bet!

Fifty for Colin Ingram

Glamorgan 120-2 (14 overs) v Gloucestershire 168-8

Well played, Sir. Colin Ingram brings up his half century from 25 balls and he's really held Glamorgan together, tonight.

There's a lot to be said for his partner at the crease, Aneurin Donald. They've put together a fine 68-run third-wicket stand.

Glammy look like they're coasting here. Just 49 more runs to go off 36 balls and at this rate, it won't take long.

Back with a six!

Lancashire 21-0 (2 overs) v Leicestershire 131-3 (14 overs)

Back on the park once more at Old Trafford and Lancashire waste no time in their pursuit of a revised target of 74 off seven overs.

Jordan Clark hits Ben Raine back past his mark for a straight six first ball.

Boom Boom Zaidi

Essex 88-4 (12 overs) v Middlesex 173-8

Well, Essex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi isn't mucking around despite his side's delicate position.

He clubbed his first ball for six off spinner Nathan Sowter and then repeats the trick off Paul Stirling.

Essex need 86 more to win off the remaining eight overs in what could be a close finish.

WICKET Brown (b Claydon 26)

Sussex 65-3 (10.5 overs) v Kent 140

Just as Sussex were starting to up the run-rate, Kent strike back as Mitch Claydon bowls Ben Brown for 26.

Sussex still need 76 off 55 balls. We're in for a tight finish at Hove.

Revised target at Old Trafford

Lancashire 11-0 (1.2 overs) v Leicestershire 131-3 (14 overs)

Another update from the match in the North Group.

The covers are coming of and play will resume at 9.25pm. 5.4 overs remaining and @LancsCCC require 74 to win.

The covers are coming of and play will resume at 9.25pm. 5.4 overs remaining and @LancsCCC require 74 to win.

That means Lancashire will require 63 more to win off 34 balls once play resumes. 

WICKET Lawrence (c Simpson b Sowter 29)

Essex 62-4 (9.2 overs) v Middlesex 173-8

Another one down for Essex and it's the set man Dan Lawrence.

A mistimed sweep shot and a big top edge sees keeper John Simpson take the catch and leggie Nathan Sowter pick up a wicket.

Not such a loud Chelmsford crowd right now.

Glammy looking comfortable

Glamorgan 86-2 (10 overs) v Gloucestershire 168-8

At the halfway point, Glamorgan have posted a comfortable 86-2 and they will believe they can win this.

Aneurin Donald, in fine form, has made 14 while Colin Ingram has 37 from 16 balls on a damp night in Bristol.

If Gloucestershire are to claw this back in their favour, they're going to need some wickets and get them soon.

Sussex upping the ante

Sussex 53-2 (9 overs) v Kent 140

Ah, that's just what Sussex needed.

Ross Taylor finds the boundary off Darren Stevens before Ben Brown goes one better and goes inside out to smash the 40-year-old for a big six.

14 come off the over.

Update from Old Trafford

Lancashire 11-0 (1.2 overs) v Leicestershire 131-3 (14 overs)

Players still off for rain in the North Group clash, but here's how things stand....

We can only afford to lose nine overs for there to be a match. That's roughly 34 minutes of play. We came off at 8.55pm

The Duckworth-Lewis par score off five overs would no longer stand - there would be a revised target

Our maths suggests that the players would have to be back on the field around 9.27pm to have enough time for a game

WICKET Bopara (run out 3)

Essex 46-3 (7 overs) v Middlesex 173-8

Oh dear Essex, not a great run-chase this so far.

Ravi Bopara is the latest to go to a bit of silky skills that wouldn't look out of place at the Stade de France right now from James Franklin in his follow-through.

A nice looking side-foot on the ground finds the stumps and Bopara can't dive in in time to prevent himself falling short of the crease.