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Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill, Kalika Mehta, Chris Harby and Jay Freeman

All times stated are UK

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Another night of T20 Blast cricket has come to an end.

The signs looked ominous after Leicestershire and Worcestershire's match was abandoned seven hours before the scheduled start of play and we also lost the matches at Headingley and the Ageas Bowl without a ball being bowled. 

However, there were still some exciting action with victories for Northamptonshire, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Birmingham Bears and Surrey.

There is more T20 action over the weekend and you'll be able to listen to ball-by-ball radio commentary from four games via the BBC website. 

We will also have text commentary on Sunday when the County Championship resumes with Surrey v Notts in Division One and Essex v Leicestershire and Glamorgan v Kent in Division Two.

Until then - thanks for your company.

Recap: Lloyd and Steyn star in Glamorgan win

Glamorgan (2pts) beat Kent by 55 runs (D/L method)

Dale Steyn
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After a rain delay in south Wales, it was Glamorgan who seized the initiative early on with a superb batting display in a game reduced to 16 overs a side.

Colin Ingram (60 off 29 balls) and David Lloyd (97 not out off 49) put on 132 for the second wicket to lead the hosts to a total of of 175-4.

After losing Daniel Bell-Drummond, the competition's highest scorer before the start of play, for a duck, Kent were always up against it as South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn took 4-18 to help bowl out the visitors for just 121, despite Matt Coles' 31 off 17 balls. 

Recap: Ashraf leads Northants to big win

Northants (2pts) beat Durham by 26 runs

North Group leaders Northants produced another resounding victory in the T20 Blast as trialist Moin Ashraf starred with the ball.

The 24-year-old, who is currently with the Steelbacks after being released by Yorkshire, decimated the Durham top-order, taking three quick wickets as the Jets fell to 9-4.

Paul Collingwood (38), Scott Borthwick (29) and Keaton Jennings (23 not out) all put up a fight, but it never looked like it would be enough as they ended on 135-8.

Josh Cobb earlier made an exciting 68 off 48 balls to lead Northants to 161-9, despite Paul Coughlin taking a hat-trick off the final three balls of the innings to finish with figures of 5-42.

Recap: Ansari steers Surrey to derby win

Surrey (2pts) beat Middlesex by 29 runs

Zafar Ansari

All-rounder Zafar Ansari impressed with bat and ball to help Surrey to victory at a sold-out Oval.

He hit an unbeaten 34 to help the hosts recover from a middle order wobble to post 173-7, after England T20 opener Jason Roy top-scored with 35.

Middlesex lost Brendon McCullum early and struggled to regain momentum as Surrey's bowlers turned the screw. James Franklin hit 39, but it never looked enough as Ansari (2-16) and Ravi Rampaul (3-21) dismissed the visitors for 144.

Recap: Vikings and Outlaws foiled by weather

Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire - match abandoned (1pt each)

Yorkshire remain without a T20 Blast win as their star-studded line-up was frustrated by the Headingley rain. The match against Nottinghamshire was called off shortly after 20:00 BST without a ball bowled in anger.

It did neither team any favours as a second successive washout for both sides left the Vikings and Outlaws propping up the North Group.

Yorkshire skipper Alex Lees had dropped himself for the game, with New Zealander Kane Williamson set to lead the home side.

Recap: Glos hold nerve in 'cider derby'

Gloucestershire (2pts) beat Somerset by four wickets

Chris Gayle's 40 off 26 balls gave Somerset early impetus after they were put in at Bristol, but a total of 158-5 looked a little below par as Benny Howell bowled impressively to take 2-29.

Gloucestershire lost Hamish Marshall to the first ball of their reply, but they appeared to be cruising to victory as skipper Michael Klinger made 60 from 43 deliveries.

His dismissal and a fine spell of 3-16 by spinner Roelof van der Merwe tilted the match back towards Somerset, but an unbroken stand of 32 in 3.1 overs by Gareth Roderick (22) and Andrew Tye (18) saw Gloucestershire home on 160-6 in front of a noisy crowd, with one ball to spare.

Recap: Stylish Bell leads Birmingham to victory

Birmingham Bears (2pts) beat Derbyshire by four wickets

Ian Bell
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Birmingham Bears captain Ian Bell hit a stylish 67 off 54 balls to lead the visitors to victory over Derbsyhire at the County Ground.

Having restricted the hosts to a below-par 141-7, with Rikki Clarke and Oliver Hannon-Dalby claiming two victims each, the Bears looked to be racing to victory while Bell was at the crease.

However, the Falcons induced a small collapse as four wickets fell for 19 runs to set up a tense finish. eith the scores tied, Ateeq Javid hit a four off the final ball as Birmingham clinched a nervy win.

Recap: Frustration at Ageas Bowl

Hampshire v Sussex - match abandoned (1pt each)

Hampshire's Michael Carberry takes a look at the wicket
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Water seeping under the covers put paid to any play between the south-coast rivals, much to the frustration of players, groundstaff and fans alike, with clear skies overhead when the umpires called off the match.  

Unbelievable a 15 min heavy shower got the game called off tonight. So frustrating. Feel for all those who made the effort to come watch!

How things have changed

Northamptonshire are the new leaders of North Group following their 26-run win over Durham. They have the same number of points as Worcestershire, whose game at Leicester was called off, but their run-rate is 0.359 better. Birmingham Bears are two points behind them in third place after beating Derbyshire by four wickets.

In South Group, Glamorgan continue to set the pace, thanks to their 55-run win over Kent, with a one-point lead over Surrey, Sussex and Gloucestershire, who themselves have a three-point advantage over Middlesex and Somerset.

The next T20 Blast action is tomorrow when Worcestershire meet Nottinghamshire at New Road.  


Surrey 173-7 v Middlesex 144 (19.3 overs)

James Fuller gets his chance to be a hero as Middlesex enter the final over needing 36 off Dwayne Bravo.

He does what's required with the first ball with a towering six, but the excitement is short-lived as Zafar Ansari takes the catch at long-on.

Steven Finn is then run out without facing a ball and it's all over.


Kent 121 (15.5 overs) v Glamorgan 175-4 (16 overs)

Despite rain stopping play early on in Cardiff, the teams returned and Glamorgan rallied from the get-go.

Colin Ingram (60) and David Lloyd (97 not out) put on a 132-run second-wicket partnership as Glammy coasted their way to a finish of 175-4.

Kent, however, struggled to match their huge score with the reduced number of overs following the rain delay making their job even harder.

Dale Steyn (4-18) helped Glamorgan bowl Kent out with a ball to spare on a rainy night in south Wales.


Somerset 158-5 (20 overs) v Gloucestershire 160-6 (19.5 overs)

Andrew Tye clobbers the first ball of Yasir Arafat's over for six before retreating to the other end by virtue of a leg-bye. A single by Gareth Roderick is followed by three for Tye leaving Gloucestershire with three runs needed from two deliveries. Roderick only needs one as he puts Arafat away to the mid-wicket boundary to seal victory for Gloucestershire with one ball to spare - much tighter than looked likely when Michael Klinger was at the crease.

Get in there @Gloscricket! Great game & great victory! #bbccricket #T20Blast #t20 #GoGlos

Welcome four for Roderick

Somerset 158-5 v Gloucestershire 145-6 (19 overs)

After three singles, Gareth Roderick manages to beat Chris Gayle at short fine-leg to pick up a much-needed boundary. He can only manage one to deep mid-wicket from the penultimate delivery and Andrew Tye adds another one to end the over. Lewis Gregory finishes with 1-34. Gloucestershire need 14 to win off the final over. Yasir Arafat to bowl it.   


Northants 161-9 v Durham 135-8

Durham never looked like chasing down the 162 for victory after falling to 9-4.

Northants bowler Moin Ashraf, who is on trial with the Steelbacks, shone with ball as he picked up 3-17, despite not having played a county game for more than three years.

Steeler loves a win! #MadeofSteel

Steeler loves a win! #MadeofSteel

Tense finish at Bristol

Somerset 158-5 v Gloucestershire 135-6 (18 overs)

Max Waller comes on as 12th man after a throw spits up off the outfield and hits Johann Myburgh, who has to return to the dressing room. With Michael Klinger gone, perhaps the odds are now in Somerset's favour.

There are 12 balls to go - 23 runs are needed. Gloucestershire need a boundary or three, and fast. 


Derbyshire 141-7 v Birmingham 145-6

Ateeq Javid finished the game in style for Birmingham, sending Jimmy Neesham to the boundary to clinch a thrilling victory for the Bears.

The flurry of late wickets brought Derbyshire back into the match but the visitors just about held their nerve to pick up their third win of the T20 Blast campaign.

Uphill task for Middlesex

Surrey 173-7 v Middlesex 112-6 (16 overs)

Zafar Ansari concedes just four runs from the 14th over and Tom Curran goes for just five in the next as James Franklin and Ollie Rayner are forced to deal in singles.

Franklin times the first ball of Dwayne Bravo's return to perfection, flat batting it for six to the longest part of the ground.

But the West Indian international takes the pace off and his next five go for singles.

Middlesex need 62 off 24 balls and require a huge couple of overs.

WICKET Woakes (run out 2)

Derbyshire 141-7 v Birmingham 141-6 (19.5 overs)

Chris Woakes is run out as he looks to win the game.

The Bears need a single off the final ball to win...

WICKET Thomason (c Thakor b Neesham 6)

Derbyshire 141-7 v Birmingham 135-5 (19.2 overs)

Derbyshire celebrate
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Jimmy Neesham bowls two wides but has Aaron Thomason caught off the next ball.

The New Zealander then concedes four byes to leave the Bears needing three from three.

WICKET Klinger (b Gregory 60)

Somerset 158-5 v Gloucestershire 128-6 (16.4 overs)

Michael Klinger flicks the ball in front of square for the fifth boundary of his innings. But Lewis Gregory produces an excellent delivery to knock out his off-stump and send him on his way following a lengthy discussion by the umpires about the ball. Gloucestershire now need 31 off 20. 

Bad to worse for Kent

Kent 86-6 (11 overs) v Glamorgan

A poor end to the 11th over and time is running out.

First Darren Stevens is bowled by Timm van der Gugten, who then removes Fabian Cowdrey lbw in the next ball.

Dear oh dear.

Bears need 10 runs to win

Derbyshire 141-7 v Birmingham 132-4 (19 overs)

An excellent over from Andy Carter as he picks up the vital wicket of Ian Bell and concedes just seven runs.

The Bears need 10 to win off the final over with debuant Aaron Thomason on strike.

WICKET Bell (c Madsen b Carter 67)

Derbyshire 141-7 v Birmingham 127-4 (18.2 overs)

Is there a twist in the tail?

A huge wicket for Derbyshire as Ian Bell departs for a superb 67, the Bears captain being caught by Wayne Madsen off the bowling of Andy Carter. 

The visitors still need 15 runs from 10 balls. Who will hold their nerve?

Mascots menagerie

It took Surrey absolutely ages to find someone with enough legs for the octopus costume.....

Mascots at The Oval

WICKET Ronchi (c Hughes b Hughes 9)

Derbyshire 141-7 v Birmingham 125-3 (18 overs)

Luke Ronchi departs as he is caught at long on by Chesney Hughes to give Alex Hughes his first wicket of the night.

The Bears need 17 runs off 12 balls to win.

Surrey turn the screw

Surrey 173-7 v Middlesex 92-6 (13 overs)

Toby Roland-Jones offers some resistance, taking a massive six off Gareth Batty, and then lofting a cover drive to the boundary off Zafar Ansari.

But the Surrey slow bowler gets his man with the next ball as the befuddled Roland-Jones is trapped leg before.

Middlesex's man of the hour Ollie Rayner and James Franklin then take Sam Curran for 11 in the next over with a boundary apiece.

Northants heading to the top

Northants 161-9 v Durham 111-8 (17 overs)

A tight third over from Azharullah sees him concede just six runs.

Victory at the County Ground for the hosts tonight will see them move top of the North Group, having won five of their seven matches.

Durham need 51 runs from 18 balls for the unlikeliest of wins.

Bell leading from the front

Derbyshire 141-7 v Birmingham 119-2

Ian Bell
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There had been some criticism of Ian Bell's playing style at the beginning of the T20 Blast but the Birmingham captain has led from the front today.

He lauches Andy Carter for a huge six back over the bowlers head to leave the Bears requiring 23 off 18 balls.

Kent out of luck

Kent 68-4 (9 overs) v Glamorgan 175-4

It's just past the halfway point in Kent's innings and they are still short of luck as the mountain they need to climb begins to look higher than they can manage.

Alex Blake hits a thunderous drive high into the darkening south Wales sky but falls short of what would have been a much-needed boundary.

Kent need to hugely up their run-rate but it's looking more unlikely as time goes on.

WICKET Borthwick (run out Rossington 29)

Northants 161-9 v Durham 105-8 (16 overs)

Having been 9-4 early on to get past 100 is a kind of achievement for Durham.

However, Scott Borthwick is run out after Keaton Jennings calls him trough for a run that is never on.

A disappointing ending to a good innings by Borthwick.

WICKET Howell (b van der Merwe 1)

Somerset 158-5 v Gloucestershire 111-5 (15 overs)

There's a second wicket for Dutch spinner Roelof van der Merwe, both of them bowled. Two balls later Kieran Noema-Barnett hits down the ground and goes for a duck as Jamie Overton takes a good low catch. Can Somerset turn this match around? Gloucestershire need 47 from 30 balls. Van der Merwe's final figures of 3-16 are his best in a T20 match.

Klinger reaches half-century

Somerset 158-5 v Gloucestershire 106-3 (13.1 overs)

Michael Klinger reaches 50 off 36 balls with a single to mid-wicket from Jim Allenby's opening delivery. It's been sensible batting by the Australian, who has eschewed any unnecessary risks, but put away anything loose from the Somerset attack.

His last two scores were 166 not out and 78, so it's fair to say that he's seeing the ball well at the moment.

Another day, another 50 for @maxyklinger. This one for @Gloscricket v @SomersetCCC in @NatWestT20Blast

Another day, another 50 for @maxyklinger. This one for @Gloscricket v @SomersetCCC in @NatWestT20Blast

Bears pegged back

Derbyshire 141-7 v Birmingham 101-2 (15 overs)

Shiv Thakor claims the important wicket of Laurie Evans and leaks just three runs from his final over to peg Birmingham back.

The away side need 41 from 30 balls.

Middlesex chase in strife

Surrey 173-7 v Middlesex 63-5 (10 overs)

John Simpson slog sweeps Gareth Batty for six, but gets carried away and drills the next ball straight to Rory Burns.

Nick Gubbins then gets in a tangle facing Zafar Ansari's first ball, and it dribbles on to the stumps via a bottom edge.

The top five are all back in the hutch and the required run rate climbs up above 11 an over at halfway. Middlesex need a big, big innings from someone. 

Durham collapse continues

Northants 161-9 v Durham 93-7 (14 overs)

Paul Coughlin's brief innings comes to end as he sends the ball straight to Rob Keogh at long off to give Josh Cobb his second scalp of the evening.

The Durham bowler was going for one big shot too many, having sent Cobb's second ball of the over for a maximum.

The hosts are heading towards a huge victory which would take them top of the North group.

WICKET Dent (b van der Merwe 22)

Somerset 158-5 v Gloucestershire 103-3 (12.3 overs)

After two dot balls to start the over, Dent comes down the track, tries to drive, misses and is bowled. His dismissal ends a partnership of 63 with Michael Klinger, who needs two for a half-century. Benny Howell is next man in.

Bears easing towards victory

Derbyshire 141-7 v Birmingham 99-1 (14 overs)

After a quiet couple of overs following the loss of Sam Hain, Laurie Evans sends the ball crashing to the boundary rope.

Captain Ian Bell then reaches his half-century off just 39 balls, with five fours and a six.

Birmingham need 43 runs from 36 balls.

Kent lacking imagination

Kent 30-3 (5 overs) v Glamorgan 175-4

Well it's the end of the poweplay and it's fair to say Kent have not taken full advantage as they require another 146 runs with 11 overs remaining.

Dale Steyn has three wickets to his name after quite a spell with the ball, removing Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Northeast and Sam Billings.

It's looking unlikely Kent will challenge here and Glamorgan will be feeling rather pleased with themselves. Still a way to go but can the visitors force a comeback here?

Glorious evening here now @TheSSESWALEC, Kent are 30/3 after five overs #GoGlam

Glorious evening here now @TheSSESWALEC, Kent are 30/3 after five overs #GoGlam

Glos on course in run-chase

Somerset 158-5 v Gloucestershire 91-2 (11 overs)

Jamie Overton
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Jamie Overton gifts Gloucestershire a free-hit and, although Michael Klinger loses his grip on the bat with one hand, he gets enough of the blade on the ball to send it speeding to the boundary. Lewis Gregory just manages to deny Chris Dent four from the final ball of the over. Meanwhile, the PA announcer urges some members of the crowd to stop depositing rubbish onto the outfield.  

WICKET Morgan (c Burns b Batty 3)

Surrey 173-7 v Middlesex 40-3 (6.3 overs)

Eoin Morgan
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Sam Curran takes the pace off the ball superbly. 

He concedes a miserly five runs from his first two overs and has Middlesex skipper Dawid Malan pouched by Dwayne Bravo as the visitors fall 19 runs short of Surrey's powerplay. 

The visitors then lose England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan cheaply, as he lofts a catch to Rory Burns off Gareth Batty's third ball.

Surrey are turning the screw.