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By Tom Garry, Rob Stevens and Matt Halfpenny

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That's it from us this evening, thanks for being with us during our coverage of tonight's seven T20 Blast games.

We've seen a unbeaten knock of 112 from Daniel Bell-Drummond, figures of 4-13 from George Rhodes and an incredible last-ball win for Hampshire.

We'll have more T20 action next Friday. Until then, goodbye.

RECAP: Petersen ton not enough for Lancs at Leics

Leicestershire 207-3 (20 overs) beat Lancashire 198-4 (20 overs)

Alviro Petersen
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A magnificent 103 from Alviro Petersen in just 52 balls was not enough for Lancashire against a Leicestershire side who posted a big score.

Mark Pettini (76) and Cameron Delport (68) helped the hosts close on 207-3 and Lancashire could not quite reach the required run rate.

Defeat sends Lancashire bottom of the North Group, with seven losses from 12 games.

RECAP: Durham ease to target to beat Northants

Durham 153-4 (18.3 overs) beat Northamptonshire 149-5 (20 overs)

Ben Stokes (left)
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Durham comfortably reached their target at Chester-le-Street, despite England's Ben Stokes scoring just one run from two balls against Northamptonshire.

After Josh Cobb (68) had helped the visitors post 149-5, Durham's openers Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard both scored 40 to put the hosts in command.

Stokes was out lbw to only the second ball he faced, as Northants took all four of their wickets in the space of three overs.

But they lacked a creative spark in the other 15 overs and could not stop Durham passing their target with nine balls remaining.

Victory saw Durham move to within two points of Northants in the North Group standings.

RECAP: Read steers Notts into quarter-finals

Nottinghamshire 162-7 (19.4 overs) beat Yorkshire 160-7 (20 overs) by three wickets

Chris Read
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A superbly-paced 35 not out from Chris Read guided Notts to a nervy victory over Yorkshire, clinching the hosts a T20 Blast quarter-final spot.

The evergreen wicketkeeper, 37, hit the winning runs and played a vital late cameo in his first knock in this format since breaking a hand in May.

Samit Patel's 58 had earlier helped Notts recover from a mid-innings wobble as they replied to Yorkshire's 160-7, boosted by overseas debutant Travis Head's 40 from 25 balls.

Having lost their first two matches of the campaign, the Outlaws are now unbeaten in 10 T20 matches - six wins and four wash-outs.

RECAP: Bell-Drummond hits ton in Kent win

Kent 181-2 (19.4 overs) beat Surrey 180-8 (20 overs) by eight wickets

Daniel bell-Drummond
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Daniel Bell-Drummond hit his maiden T20 century as Kent beat Surrey by eight wickets at Tunbridge Wells.

The 22-year-old finished unbeaten on 112, having put on a club-record T20 partnership of 151 for the third wicket with Sam Northeast, who made 57.

Jason Roy had got Surrey off to a quick start, scoring a quickfire 52, but the visitors began to lose wickets regularly and could only post 180-8.

Despite losing Joe Denly in the second ball of their reply, Bell-Drummond and Northeast guided Kent to what was a fairly comfortable victory with two balls to spare.

RECAP: Middlesex win at Somerset again

MIddlesex 141-5 (19.1 overs) beat Somerset 137 (20 overs)

Eoin Morgan
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Led by England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan - who top-scored for his county with 43 - Middlesex successfully chased down 138 to win at Taunton, with five balls to spare.

For the second time in three days, John Simpson hit a six in the final over to complete a run chase against Somerset.

The win was Middlesex's fifth of the season in the T20 Blast, while Somerset's hopes of a quarter-final spot were already over before the start of tonight's match.

RECAP: Rhodes and Whiteley inspire Rapids victory

Worcestershire 166-5 (19.2 overs) beat Birmingham 164 (19.3 overs) by five wickets

George Rhodes
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George Rhodes claimed 4-13 in only his third T20 Blast match to help Worcestershire beat Birmingham Bears by four wickets at New Road. 

The off-spinning all-rounder, son of Rapids' director of cricket Steve, took three wickets in an over as Birmingham slumped from 142-2 to 164 all out, despite a blistering 74 off 32 balls by Matthew Wade.

Worcestershire were reduced to 23-3 in reply, but captain Daryl Mitchell's 61 in a stand of 76 with Brett D'Oliveria (28) kept the hosts in the hunt.

Ross Whiteley then thumped four sixes en route to 42 not out to seal victory with four balls to spare and keep alive his side's hopes of quarter-final qualification. 

Here's what you might've missed...

With the action at Hove now done and dusted - and what a finale that was, by the way - it's time for us to remind you of all the twists and turns in Friday's other six T20 Blast matches before we bid you farewell.

And where better to start than with the Bears-Pears derby?...

Hampshire shock Sussex

Hampshire 134-9 beat Sussex 133-8 by one run

What a remarkable performance in the field that was by Hampshire.

Their total of 134-9 seemed a little low and Sussex looked well set after 14 overs, sitting on 107-3.

Hampshire then turned the screw and Sussex only scored 26 runs off the final six overs, while losing five wickets.

That is just Hampshire's third victory of the T20 Blast this season and is a massive dent to Sussex's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.


Sussex 133-8 (20 overs) v Hampshire 134-9 (20 overs)

It's another great delivery by Brad Wheal.

Taylor gets it away and he and Jofra Archer run one, but as they're desperately coming back for a second Hampshire get a run out.

In the end it's Archer who goes - and Hampshire have pulled off a remarkable win!!

Single but there's also a run out. Hampshire win by 1 run in a thrilling @NatWestT20Blast #elclasicoast clash at Hove #SharksTogether

One ball left

Sussex 132-7 v Hampshire (19.5 overs, target 135)

The fifth delivery bypasses Ross Taylor down the leg side and narrowly misses the stumps.

Sussex are looking for it to be called a wide, but the umpire doesn't!

They now need three from the last delivery by Brad Wheal. How did it come to this for the Sharks?

WICKET Beer (run out) 1

Sussex 132-7 v Hampshire (19.4 overs, target 135)

Will Beer knocks Wheal to mid-on and goes for the run anyway.

However the fielder gets to the stumps first and runs out Beer.

It means Ross Taylor is back on strike for the next delivery.

He's 45 not out. Sussex need three from two balls.

'The General' approves

It seems former Notts player Paul Franks - now the UAE national side's interim coach - is well pleased with what's happened at Trent Bridge tonight.

No wonder, given he'll return to the club's coaching staff in due course, knowing they've booked a T20 Blast quarter-final spot.

Superb from @TrentBridge and what a Friday night crowd 👌👏 Great effort from Samit and Readie 🌟

Three balls left

Sussex 132-6 v Hampshire (19.3 overs, target 135)

It's into the block hole but Taylor manages to get it away for a single.

Three balls left, three to win for Sussex.

Four balls left

Sussex 131-6 v Hampshire (19.2 overs, target 135)

Brad Wheal goes for a slower ball, and Ross Taylor fails to connect.

Four to win for Sussex.

Five balls left

Sussex 131-6 v Hampshire (19.1 overs, target 135)

Will Beer hits the first ball of the 20th over for a single, and Ross Taylor is back on strike for Sussex.

Sussex need five to win

Sussex 130-6 v Hampshire (19 overs, target 135)

A dot ball and then Ross Taylor squeezes the final ball of the over for four with a wristy flick through the off side.

The upper hand is back with Sussex.

Five are needed from the final over, which will be bowled by Brad Wheal. Will Beer is on strike.

Taylor hits back

Sussex 126-6 v Hampshire (19.4 overs, target 135)

Hold on! Two fours in the space of three balls from Ross Taylor has given Sussex some much-needed momentum.

Nine runs from eight needed for the hosts now.

WICKET Cachopa (c Dawson b Griffiths) 5

Sussex 118-6 v Hampshire (18.1 overs, target 135)

Hampshire get another wicket and it's another blow for Sussex.

Craig Cachopa goes after Gavin Griffiths' first delivery of the 19th over and loops the ball up to Liam Dawson at third man.

More hope for the visitors and the Hove crowd is rather silent now.

A tense finish in sight

Sussex 118-5 v Hampshire (18 overs, target 135)

Sussex take six runs from Liam Dawson's final over, but it's all ones and twos.

The Sharks haven't scored a boundary since Matt Machan's pair of sixes in the 14th over.

It's now 17 runs needed of 12 balls. We are in for some finish.

Three overs left

Sussex 112-5 v Hampshire (17 overs, target 135)

Just 18 deliveries left at Hove, and Sussex need 23 runs to beat Hampshire.

Ross Taylor, unbeaten on 30, is back on strike for the Sharks.

Liam Dawson is back to bowl the 18th over.

WICKET Jordan (b Griffiths) 1

Sussex 110-5 v Hampshire (16.2 overs, 135 target)

And Hampshire have got one!

Chris Jordan fails to spot a great delivery from Gavin Griffths and the ball clips the England international's off stump.

Jordan never really got going. Sussex have scored three runs in two and a half overs, and lost two wickets in the process.

Sussex need 25 from 22. It could be a nervous end for the Sharks. Craig Cachopa is the new man in.

WICKET for @gavvlar! Jordan's (1) bails fly! Could they? Sussex need 25 from 22 balls... #T20Blast

Hampshire look for wickets

Sussex 110-4 v Hampshire (16 overs, target 135)

A great reply from Hampshire, and especially Brad Wheal.

His third over goes for just one run, and he picked up the wicket of Matt Machan as well.

Chris Jordan is back on strike. The Sharks need 25 from 24 balls now and Hampshire still need wickets.

WICKET Machan (lbw b Wheal) 29

Sussex 109-4 v Hampshire (15.2 overs, target 135)

Is this a cat among the pigeons at Hove?

After Shahid Afridi goes for just two runs in the 15th over, Brad Wheal opens up his over with a dot ball.

He then traps Matt Machan lbw!

Chris Jordan is in for the Sharks now. They need 26 runs from 28 balls.

Another wicket for Hampshire and this might get rather interesting...

Machan tees off

Sussex 107-3 v Hampshire (14 overs, target 135)

Matt Machan has hit successive sixes against the left-armer Liam Dawson.

Scotland international Machan has made good use of the short boundary and moves on to 28 not out from 15 balls.

Sussex need 28 from 36 balls to beat south coast rivals Hampshire. Surely this will be no trouble for the Sharks?

Sussex plunder runs against Best

Sussex 91-3 v Hampshire (13 overs, target 135)

After 13 overs of their reply, Sussex have moved on to 91-3 against Hampshire at Hove.

The Sharks just took 17 runs from Tino Best's last over.

Ross Taylor hit a massive six while Matt Machan managed to edge the paceman just past the wicketkeeper to the boundary before pulling another ball for four.

Chasing 135, the Sharks need 44 to win from 42 balls with seven wickets remaining.


Lancashire 198-4 (20 overs) v Leicestershire 207-3 (20 overs)

Alviro Petersen hits one away for four, on the final ball, to reach 103 and earn a well-deserved century. It would have been rather cruel if he had missed out on that.

But....victory is Leicestershire's, and it was fairly comfortable in the end. Lancashire were always just a little bit behind the required run rate.


Yorkshire 160-7 (20 overs) v Nottinghamshire 162-7 (19.4 overs)

Well, a more dramatic finish than looked likely!

With only three needed from Liam Plunkett's final over, Samit Patel swings and misses at the first two deliveries and then skies to Alex Lees to go for 58.

But Chris Read, coolness personified, is not in the least bit flustered. He strokes the very next ball through the infield for the match-winning boundary, ending on 35 not out. 

No wonder former Notts batsman Paul Johnson, who has more than 20,000 first-class runs to his name, believes the Devonian must be the best number eight in the country in this form of the game.

NOTTS WIN!!!! Notts reach the quarter finals of the Twenty20 Blast #bbccricket

NOTTS WIN!!!! Notts reach the quarter finals of the Twenty20 Blast #bbccricket

Worcestershire-Birmingham reaction

Worcestershire 166-5 (19.2 overs) beat Birmingham 164 (19.3 overs) by five wickets

Steve Rhodes
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Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes:

"Ross Whiteley and Ben Cox are both excellent players towards the end of an innings. Whilst they were both at the crease I did feel as if we were going to win it.

"The comeback with the bat was led by Brett D'Oliveira and Daryl Mitchell. It was a fine partnership and both of them showed real maturity."

Birmingham Bears director of cricket Dougie Brown:

"We were masters of our own demise again. We lost eight wickets for 19 runs from a real position of authority. We're hurting quite a bit because of the way we lost the game.

"We know this game changes in a blink of an eye but it was more a case of we allowed it to change as opposed to Worcester buying the opportunity to get back in."


Durham 153-4 (18.3 overs) v Northamptonshire 149-5 (20 overs)

With nine balls remaining, victory is Durham's!

Richard Gleeson concedes five wides to seal it in the 19th over...that's one way to lose!

Keaton Jennings ends unbeaten on 36 from 24 balls, which has proved crucial for the hosts.

Read steps up for the Outlaws

Notts 158-6 v Yorkshire (19 overs, target 161)

Was there an intimation that Samit Patel would be the key man? Make that Chris Read.

The wily keeper-batsman has used all his experience in the closing stages to put Notts on the brink.

He took 15 off Tim Bresnan's third over, the 18th of the innings to put his side in the box seat, moving onto 31 not out.

Meanwhile, Samit Patel has gone to 50 from 42 balls, and together they have passed the 50 partnership.

Lancashire need lightning finish

Lancashire 175-4 v Leicestershire (18.1 overs, target 208)

Despite the best efforts of Alviro Petersen (87 from 44 balls), Lancashire are set to lose for the seventh time in T20 Blast this season, unless they can a hit a boundary of almost every ball remaining.

WICKET Nash (c Afridi b Dawson) 32

Sussex 63-3 v Hampshire (9.3 overs, target 135)

Hampshire have another wicket, and it is the slow left-armer Liam Dawson who has got it!

Chris Nash mistimes his shot and clips the ball to Shahid Afridi at extra cover.

A glimmer of hope for Hampshire, as Sussex need 72 to win from 64 balls.

Matt Machan is the new man at the crease for the Sharks, who were progressing nicely until Nash's departure.

Durham's match to lose?

Durham 132-4 v Northamptonshire (17.3 overs, target 150)

Surely, Durham are going to win this one.

They need 18 to win from 15 balls and have six wickets remaining.

Patel could be the key man

Nottinghamshire 132-6 v Worcestershire (17 overs, target 161)

A clatter of Outlaws wickets in the middle of the innings has made for a tense finish at Trent Bridge.

The departures of Greg Smith, Brendan Taylor and Steven Mullaney reduced the hosts to 102-6 when they seemed in control, but they have since recovered and now need 29 off the final three. 

Samit Patel (48 not out) could be the key Notts man in the finale. If Yorkshire can get him, they'll fancy winning this.

Sussex end powerplay narrowly ahead

Sussex 44-2 v Hampshire (6 overs, target 135)

Sussex end the batting powerplay on 44-2, having lost Luke Wright and Philip Salt.

Hampshire were 41-1 at the same stage of their innings, which will give the visitors hope.

They'll need to take more wickets to have a chance of victory at Hove.

50 for Alviro Petersen

Lancashire 131-4 v Leicestershire (14.4 overs, target 208)

Lancashire's Alviro Petersen reaches a half-century with his second six of the innings and Lancashire need 77 runs with 32 balls remaining.

Moments earlier, Rob Sayer took the wicket of Steven Croft for 36.

WICKET Salt (c Dawson b Griffiths) 2

Sussex 38-2 v Hampshire (4.4 overs, target 135)

Philip Salt looks to emulate Chris Nash and take on Gavin Griffiths but only sends his shot spiralling into the Hove sky.

Liam Dawson gets himself underneath it and takes the catch fairly comfortably.

Ross Taylor is the new man in, with Sussex in a bit of a pickle all of a sudden.

Their chase should still be straightforward though...

WICKET Wright (b Wheal) 9

Sussex 35-1 v Hampshire (3.4 overs, target 135)

No sooner had I said Sussex had made a good start and Hampshire pick up their first wicket of the evening.

Luke Wright is beaten by a good length delivery from Brad Wheal, and sees his middle stump knocked out of the ground. He departs for nine from as many balls.

Philip Salt is the new man in for the Sharks. Hants needed that wicket to break up a dangerous partnership.

WICKET Stoneman (lbw b Prasanna) 40

Durham 89-4 v Northamptonshire (12 overs, target 150)

Four Durham wickets have fallen in three overs now. Mark Stoneman is out for 40.

Northamptonshire's best chance of victory may well be to bowl the hosts out, as Durham are more than on target in terms of runs so far.