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Live Reporting

By Kalika Mehta, Tom Garry and Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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Time to unwind

Following a Roses match that had just about everything, I think it's time to bring things to a close. 

After just a few hours sleep, Tom Garry will be back tomorrow with live text updates from the two County Championship games - Surrey v Warwickshire and Sussex v Glamorgan.

There will of course be live ball-by-ball radio commentary from the grounds too.

Gary Smee will be here on Sunday as another five Championship matches start.

Until then, sleep well, and goodnight.

RECAP: Northants blow Bears away

Northants beat Birmingham Bears by eight wickets

Josh Cobb
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A top-of-the-table clash saw Northants emerge as convincing victors over the Birmingham Bears after a brilliant all-round performance at Edgbaston.

With the match reduced to 16 overs a side, Richard Gleeson's career-best 3-12 restricted the Bears to a below-par 86-8, only made possible thanks to Ateeq Javid's unbeaten 34.

The Steelbacks never looked in any danger in their chase of the small target, with Josh Cobb leading the way with an unbeaten 39.

Victory for the visitors saw them take a two-point lead over the Bears at the top of the North Group table.

RECAP: Essex too good for Kent

Essex beat Kent by 50 runs

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Essex posted a very respectable 204-3 and it proved to be too much for a Kent side that lost opener Joe Denly to the first ball that he faced.

Sam Billings and Darren Stevens were both run out to sum up Kent's frustrating evening.

Ravi Bopara (81) and Ashar Zaidi (54) had both finished unbeaten in Essex's innings while no Kent batsman could manage more than 37.

RECAP: Yorkshire win low-scoring Roses match

Yorkshire beat Lancashire by five runs

Yorkshire celebrate
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Yorkshire defended 141 to beat their Red Rose rivals Lancashire by five runs at Headingley.

In a match reduced to 18 overs, Lancashire looked to be cruising to victory at 87-3.

But once Carl Karver removed Stephen Croft and Liam Livingstone in the space of three balls, the rest of the innings crumbled - the final few overs of which were played in heavy rain.

Earlier, Yorkshire struggled to build any partnerships with only Will Rhodes' late cameo of 24 off 14 balls getting them up to a respectable total.

RECAP: Sussex ease to victory over Middlesex

Sussex beat Middlesex by seven wickets

Ross Taylor and Matt Machan's unbroken stand of 74 guided Sussex to victory over Middlesex at Hove.

Middlesex were bowled out for 146 in the 18th over despite 52 from Paul Stirling as spinner Danny Briggs starred with three wickets.

Sussex were wobbling slightly on 73-3, but Taylor (33 not out) and Machan (41 not out) saw them home with 10 balls to spare.

RECAP: Klinger ton sees Glos beat Somerset

Gloucestershire beat Somerset by seven wickets

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A century from captain Michael Klinger helped Gloucestershire surpass Somerset's 167-7 with four balls to spare and earn a second consecutive T20 Blast victory in the 'Cider Derby'.

In the battle of the West Country sides at Taunton, Mahela Jayawardene top scored for the hosts on 41.

But Gloucestershire's bowling kept Somerset at bay and Klinger then hit 101 from 71 balls as the visitors comfortably reached their target to move top of the South Group.

RECAP: Nottinghamshire v Durham abandoned

A heavy rain shower at Trent Bridge just before play was due to start left the outfield saturated.

The umpires inspected several times before calling things off at 20:15 BST.

It was Durham's second abandonment in as many days after the game against Worcestershire was called off on Thursday.

RECAP: Masden leads Falcons to convincing win

Derbyshire beat Worcestershire by seven wickets

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Derbyshire earned just their third victory in the T20 Blast this season, as Wayne Masden's unbeaten 59 saw them claim the win with seven balls to spare.

Masden and Chesney Hughes, 43 not out, shared a 97-run fourth-wicket partnership as the Falcons chased down 186 for victory at New Road.

Wicketkeeper Ben Cox has led his side to an impressive 185-7, with his own unbeaten T20 career-best 59.

However, wayward bowling, especially from South African paceman Kyle Abbott on debut - who conceded 57 runs from 3.5 overs, proved costly.

A look at the South Group

Gloucestershire move to the top of the South Group thanks to their victory over neighbours Somerset this evening.

They're two points clear of Glamorgan, but the Welsh county have two games in hand.

Sussex leapfrog Middlesex into third.

Click here for the full tables.

A look at the North Group

The North Group makes good reading for Northants fans this evening - they are now top by two points.

Birmingham Bears and Worcestershire Rapids stay second and third respectively.

Also good news for Yorkshire supporters - they're off the bottom - but still face a tough task to qualify for the quarter-finals.


Birmingham Bears 86-8 v Northants 89-2 (12.3/16 overs)

Josh Cobb ends the match with a fine boundary off Jeetan Patel as the Steelbacks seal victory with 21 balls spare.

The 25-year-old finished unbeaten on 39 and never looked troubled as his side chased down the relatively modest total of 87 for victory following a superb effort from the North Group leaders' bowlers.

Reaction: Yorkshire beat Lancashire by five runs

Yorkshire skipper Alex Lees tells Sky Sports:

"I'm elated. It's been a long while coming and we wanted to give something back to the Yorkshire faithful coming out here.

"We'll take a lot of confidence from that going forward and they'll be a celebration tonight for that victory."

Reaction: Yorkshire beat Lancashire by five runs

Lancashire captain Stephen Croft tells Sky Sports:

"It was a great game, great atmosphere, but unfortunately we were on the losing side.

"It was a competitive total by them and one we thought we should have chased down. 

"We stayed up with the rate, but we didn't have any batters going into the last five or six overs which was crucial I thought."

Cobb in no hurry

Birmingham Bears 86-8 v Northants 73-2 (11/16 overs)

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Josh Cobb, 29 not out, remains the coolest man out at Edgbaston, waiting for the loose ball to hit to the boundary whilst blocking the slightly threatening ones.

The Steelbacks need 13 runs off 30 balls and unless there is some kind of miracle, the Bears are heading for a big defeat.


Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 136 (17.4/18 overs)

No, they can't do it. George Edwards swishes but can only edge Stephen Patterson's ball behind.

Yorkshire get revenge on their Red Rose rivals for defeat earlier in the competition.

What a game. It had everything from cricket in a monsoon to massive sixes. The packed Headingley crowd certainly seemed to enjoy themselves!

Steelbacks cruising to victory

Birmingham Bears 86-8 v Northants 59-2 (9/16 overs)

It looks set to be Northants who are going to take the outright lead in the North Group this evening as they ease towards victory against the Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

Josh Cobb, 23 not out, and Ben Duckett, 11 not out, have put on 21 together thus far. The Steelbacks require 27 runs from 7 overs.

Lancashire need 6 off 3 balls

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 136-9 (17.3/18 overs)

Extraordinary. Last man George Edwards inside edges Stephen Patterson down to the boundary.

Lancashire can't do this can they?!

BreakingEssex beat Kent by 50 runs

Essex 204-3 v Kent 154-9

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Kent's run-chase was over long before the wickets of Fabian Cowdrey and James Tredwell both fell in the 19th over.

Essex are worthy winners - and by quite some margin.

Lancashire need 12 off 6 balls

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 130-9 (17/18 overs)

Stephen Patterson will bowl the final over of the innings. He's usually so accurate. Surely he'll be able to defend 12 against the last-wicket pair?

Let's see.

WICKET Buck (c Lyth b Bresnan 0)

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 123-9 (16.2/18 overs)

Gone! And it's a third catch for Adam Lyth. Nathan Buck swipes Tim Bresnan towards mid-on and Lyth dives foward to pluck the ball just off the turf.

Game in the bag surely for Yorkshire? 19 needed off 10 balls.

Lancashire need 20 off 12 balls

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 122-8 (16/18 overs)

That's the equation for the Red Rose county. Stephen Parry and Nathan Buck at the crease, Tim Bresnan to bowl.

Northants lose Levi

Birmingham Bears 86-8 v Northants 45-2 (7/16 overs)

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Richard Levi is headed back to the pavilion as he edges Mark Adair to Ian Bell for 14

However, Josh Cobb continues to play some lovely shots - including sending Adair to the mid-wicket boundary - with the visitors needing just 41 runs from 54 balls.

Wickets, rain, carnage

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 117-8 (15.2/18 overs)

I've never seen anything like this. The rain continues, Hey Jude belts out from the crowd and Tom Moores sends the ball high into the air and into the hands of Adam Lyth to give Stephen Patterson his second wicket.

Lancashire require 25 off 16 balls. Oh, and Wales are beating Belgium 3-1 at the Euros with a couple of minutes left.

WICKET Procter (c Carver b Bresnan 16)

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 112-7 (14.5/18 overs)

This game has more twists than a night on the tiles in the 1950s.

In the pouring rain Luke Procter skies Tim Bresnan to Karl Carver on the leg-side boundary.

Lancashire need 30 off 19 balls.


Sussex 147-3 v Middlesex 146

Matt Machan grabs the three required to take his tally to an unbeaten 41, Ross Taylor finished with 33.

It's a fourth win of the T20 Blast for Sussex.

Three to go...

Sussex 144-3 (18 overs) v Middlesex 146

Middlesex have done their best to frustrate, but Sussex SHOULD get the job done here. Laboured perhaps the word...

Kent running out of overs

Essex 204-3 v Kent 131-5 (16.0 overs)

Alex Blake and Fabian Cowdrey remain in the middle for Kent but they need more boundaries than it is feasible to see them finding in the remaining overs. Paul Walter (1-15) has been efficient for Essex.

Playing in a monsoon

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 106-6 (14.1/18 overs)

Extraordinary! They're playing on. I can tell you it is sheeting it down at Headingley.

Looks like it might pass over pretty quickly though.

Slow and steady for Northants

Birmingham Bears 86-8 v Northants 24-1 (4/16 overs)

Richard Levi and Josh Cobb are taking no risks out in the middle at Edgbaston as the pair trade singles and twos.

Cobb then manages to squeeze the ball past mid-on and pick up a the first boundary since the second over.

Lancashire need 38 off 24 balls

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 104-6 (14/18 overs)

Which way is this one going to go? Actually hold that thought - it's absolutely chucking it down.

They've got to come off surely? It's all going on!

Lancashire six down

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 92-6 (12.1/18 overs)

50 needed off 35 balls.

WICKET! It's getting worse and Lilley is caught at deep cover on the boundary off Will Rhodes - @LancsCCC 92/6. Moores next in.

Sussex on the Hove home strait

Sussex 130-3 (16 overs) v Middlesex 146

17 needed off the final four overs, Ross Taylor has moved to 27 and Matt Machan is on 31.

Middlesex are rotating bowlers but the game looks have gone for them - barring a furious last flurry of deliveries.

WICKET Rossington (c Hain b Clarke 9)

Birmingham Bears 86-8 v Northants 15-1 (2.1/16 overs)

Talk about commentator's curse!

Birmingham have their breakthrough as Adam Rossington chips Rikki Clarke straight to Sam Hain at cover. The Steelbacks require 71 from 13.5 overs to win.

Northants begin chase steadily

Birmingham Bears 86-8 v Northants 15-0 (2/16 overs)

No alarms early on for Northants as Adam Rossington hits a couple of boundaries to get the Steelbacks off to a steady start.

It is a top of the North table clash between these at two at Edgbaston and the visitors are currently very much in the driving seat.

Raining sixes & wickets at Headingley

Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 87-5 (11/18 overs)

What on earth is going on here?!

First we see magnificent striking from Liam Livingstone. Clean hitting of the highest order.

The Lancashire batsman flays Karl Carver for three leg-side sixes at the start of the over.

However, the young spinner then turns the game as he has Stephen Croft caught on the square-leg boundary and follows it up with the important wicket of Livingstone who skies him to Gary Ballance.

Phew, I can't keep up. What I do know is Lightning need 55 off 42 balls.

WICKET Stevens (run out 12)

Essex 204-3 v Kent 98-5 (12.3 overs)

For just 12 runs, Darren Stevens is run out and surely the game is now all-but up for Kent.

They need someone to produce an almighty knock to rescue this match.

Calming over from Matt Machan

Sussex 110-3 (14 overs) v Middlesex 146

Just as Sussex looked a bit stuck in the mud, Matt Machan has found his range and he and Ross Taylor made 15 in that last over to get things moving again.

Middlesex will feel this is slipping away now.

Sussex top a ton - 47 to go

Sussex 100-3 (13.2 overs) v Middlesex 146

Finally Sussex break the century barrier through Matt Machan who moves to 14.

Crawling a bit here, run rate up to about 7.5.

Advantage Essex

Essex 204-3 v Kent 82-4 (11.0 overs)

The hosts are making it difficult for Kent here. A maiden over from Ryan ten Doeschate has been key.

Sam Billings is gone for 18 and Alex Blake has managed just five runs from the nine balls he has faced so far. Kent needs runs very soon - 123 required off the last nine overs.


Yorkshire 141-7 v Lancashire 63-3 (9/18 overs)

That is massive from Liam Livingstone. The Lancashire batsman skips down the track and smashes spinner Karl Carver back over his head and about 20 rows back.

Jos Buttler would have been proud of that one.

Lancashire need 79 off 54 balls.