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Summary

  1. Smith struck 50 for the hosts
  2. Ryder's 47 put Essex in contention
  3. Patel took 4-20 to send Notts through
  4. Notts reach Finals Day on 20 August

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By Brendon Mitchell

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Nottinghamshire reach T20 Blast Finals Day

And that concludes are coverage of the first T20 Blast quarter-final.

Nottinghamshire, having posted 162-7, bowl Essex out for 123 to wrap up a thumping 39-run victory.

We'll be back for the second of four last-eight ties tomorrow, when Northants take on Middlesex. We'll see you then for a 18:30 BST start.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE WIN BY 39 RUNS

WICKET Foster (c Wessels b Gurney) 4

Nottinghamshire are heading to T20 Blast Finals Day!

James Foster is the last man out - a similar method, straight down the throat of Riki Wessels on the leg-side boundary rope - to put Essex out of their misery.

Well played, Notts.

WICKET Walter (c Read b Gurney) 8

Essex 122-9 (18.2 overs) v Notts 162-7

Oh my, does that just about sum this Essex batting display up?

Paul Walter is made to look a bit daft here, getting down on one knee in preparation to send Harry Gurney out of the park... But the slower ball deceives him, he checks the shot and just helps it straight into the hands of Chris Read. It just looked all a bit tame.

Essex 121-8 (18 overs) v Notts 162-7

Nottinghamshire celebrate
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Is that the over that confirms what we probably already knew?

New batsman Paul Walter does manage to clatter Steven Mullaney for six, but the medium-pacer ends with figures of 2-16 - plus the crucial run out of Jesse Ryder earlier - as part of what's been a crucial contribution.

WICKET Napier (c Tahir b Mullaney) 0

Essex 113-8 (17.3 overs) v Notts 162-7

In a word, no.

Having been dropped first ball - a tricky chance off the bottom edge of the bat - Graham Napier attempts the big sweep, but can only spoon it up into the air for Imran Tahir to take a back-pedaling catch. This is getting messy.

WICKET Lawrence (c Read b Mullaney) 7

Essex 113-7 (17.1 overs) v Notts 162-7

But Dan Lawrence, like so many before him, doesn't last too long either, caught smartly down the leg side by wicketkeeper Chris Read off the bowling of Steven Mullaney.

Now then, Graham Napier. Can you make this even a bit interesting?

Essex 113-6 (17 overs) v Notts 162-7

Essex need 50 from 18 balls

Dan Lawrence is the next man in, but surely a crisis like this calls for the big-hitting of Graham Napier? If anyone can rescue a situation like this, I reckon he's your man.

Nonetheless, Lawrence, accompanied by a runner, reverse sweeps his first ball for four. And then takes a couple of singles to leave Essex needing 50 from 18 deliveries.

WICKET Bopara (c Wessels b Tahir) 10

Essex 105-6 (16.2 overs) v Notts 162-7

If you hadn't quite caught on already, Nottinghamshire are heading for T20 Blast Finals Day!

Ravi Bopara is the latest to hole out to cow corner, where Riki Wessels takes the catch off the bowling of Imran Tahir.

Wicket: Tahir gets in on the act, Bopara caught in the deep for 10, Eagles 105-6 #CricketHasLanded

Wicket: Tahir gets in on the act, Bopara caught in the deep for 10, Eagles 105-6 #CricketHasLanded

Essex 104-5 (16 overs) v Notts 162-7

Well bowled, Samit Patel. He has T20 best figures of 4-20. Essex need 59 runs from 24 balls.

WICKET Ten Doeschate (lbw Patel) 7

Essex 103-5 (15.5 overs) v Notts 162-7

Samit Patel
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That looks plum jam from Samit Patel, who traps Ryan ten Doeschate in front to take four wickets in a T20 match for the first time in his career. A real favourite with the crowd, that'll be a popular four wickets too.

Essex 100-4 (15 overs) v Notts 162-7

And it's top stuff again from Imran Tahir, who concedes just six runs and continues to have Essex behind the eight ball.

The required run rate is now up to 12, the WASPS is now down below 10%. One of these two need to get the hurry up, but Samit Patel's coming back to bowl his fourth and final over.

Essex 94-4 (14 overs) v Notts 162-7

Essex need 69 from 36 balls

Steven Mullaney hasn't taken a wicket, but he's been superb with the ball here - just eight from the 18 balls he's bowled.

It's all been about pace off the ball - Samit Patel has taken three of the four wickets to fall, and now Imran Tahir is back into the attack.

Essex 91-4 (13 overs) v Notts 162-7

Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate have seen this all before though, right? Two experienced campaigners, well used to the big stage.

The run rate, however, is now over 10. A tall order getting taller.

Essex 87-4 (12.2 overs) v Notts 162-7

... But the hat-trick ball is survived.

The crowd is absolutely bouncing inside Trent Bridge now, as the WASPS declines further to 22%. Someone, somewhere, somehow is going to have to produce something a bit special with the bat if Essex are to reach Finals Day.

A stunning sunset, and 13,515 here at Trent Bridge. As ever, incredible, Outlaws fans #CricketHasLanded

A stunning sunset, and 13,515 here at Trent Bridge. As ever, incredible, Outlaws fans #CricketHasLanded

WICKET Westley (b Patel) 8

Essex 87-4 (12.1 overs) v Notts 162-7

Clean bowled! Nottinghamshire are rampant!

And Ryan ten Doeschate now has the good pleasure of walking in to face a hat-trick ball from Samit Patel...

Essex 87-3 (12 overs) v Notts 162-7

Ravi Bopara is the next man in and it's a steady start from the former England all-rounder, as he and Tom Westley trade singles. They're still stuttering here though, are Essex.

WICKET Zaidi (c Mullaney b Patel) 6

Essex 82-3 (11 overs) v Notts 162-7

A huge, huge six... And out!

Same delivery, same attempted shot, but a very, very different result for Ashar Zaidi, who only picks out Riki Wessels at long on. Who's your money on now?

What a hit!

Essex 82-2 (10.5 overs) v Notts 162-7

Ashar Zaidi's first ball... Six! A huge, huge six!

WICKET Brown (c Ball b Patel) 22

Essex 76-2 (10.4 overs) v Notts 162-7

Nick Browne
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Another one goes!

Nick Browne's resistance is ended, holing out to cow corner off Samit Patel, where Jake Ball stutters, steadies himself and pouches the attempted heave-ho.

Essex 74-1 (10 overs) v Notts 162-7

The WASP is plummeting - down to 61% now! We've got a game on, folks!

Just two more from that latest Steven Mullaney over, and we're without a boundary since Jesse Ryder's departure.

It's all to play for at the midway stage.

Essex 72-1 (9 overs) v Notts 162-7

That WASP has gone down from 89% to 74%, which suggests Essex are still firm favourites but the hosts are back in this T20 Blast quarter-final.

Nick Browne is still unbeaten on 20 from 21 balls, while the new man Tom Westley has three from four.

Samit Patel's first over goes for just four - and every dot ball is being cheered and applauded by the Trent Bridge crowd now.

Essex 68-1 (8 overs) v Notts 162-7

A turning point? You never know. After that wicket, just three more runs come from that Steven Mullaney over and the Essex progress has been well and truly checked, at least for now.

Tom Westley is the new man in, Samit Patel is into the attack.

WICKET Ryder (run out Mullaney) 47

Essex 65-1 (7.1 overs) v Notts 162-7

How about this for a spot of luck for Nottinghamshire?

Steven Mullaney is into the attack and has a wicket from his first ball - but perhaps not in the way he'd have expected.

Nick Browne straight drives the medium-pacer back down the ground, but Mullaney gets a touch attempting to field the ball, diverts it onto the stumps and Jesse Ryder is stranded backing up.

Wicket! Mullaney parries onto the non-striker's stumps, running out Ryder for 47. 65-1. #CricketHasLanded

Wicket! Mullaney parries onto the non-striker's stumps, running out Ryder for 47. 65-1. #CricketHasLanded

Essex 65-0 (7 overs) v Notts 162-7

That's much more like it from South Africa leggy Imran Tahir, whose latest set of six goes for just three runs.

Essex 62-0 (6 overs) v Notts 162-7

The end of the powerplay

That's been a very decent first 36 balls for the visitors.

Harry Gurney's second over goes for 12, another two via the rope from the bat of Jesse Ryder - the second of which was half-stopped by the fielder on the edge of the ring, but was still hit so powerfully that it rolled to the boundary.

Essex need another 101 to win.

Essex 50-0 (5 overs) v Notts 162-7

The 50 partnership for Browne and Ryder

Jesse Ryder has his eye well and truly in here, spanking Imran Tahir's second ball for a thumping four into the offside. The pattern is clear, too - the Kiwi is all about power for the first four deliveries of each over and then meanders up the other end to let Nick Browne deal with the final ball.

The 50 partnership is up and Essex are in command.

Essex 44-0 (4 overs) v Notts 162-7

Nick Browne and Jesse Ryder
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These two love a four. Eight from the first four overs, 44-0.

Jesse Ryder is the man doing the majority of the damage, 28 from 17 balls, while Nick Browne is just ticking along with 10 from seven.

Imran Tahir is into the attack - a change of pace and a change of luck for Nottinghamshire?

Essex 34-0 (3 overs) v Notts 162-7

Another productive over for the visitors, as Jesse Ryder clatters a couple of fours - one beautifully through the covers - before Nick Browne does likewise to move Essex to 34-0 after 18 balls.

WASP rates their chances at 89%, which speaks volumes for the start they've made.

Essex 21-0 (2 overs) v Notts 162-7

Fireworks
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Fireworks? Not quite, but these two batsmen, by hook or by crook, keep Essex ticking along quite nicely.

Another four to Jesse Ryder, who races to 14 from nine deliveries, opens the second over up - before a no ball prompts a free hit, which in the end amounts to nothing much.

There is a little bit of a panic from the final delivery as both batsmen almost end up at one end, but Samit Patel misses when a direct hit would've brought about the first wicket with room to spare.

Essex 9-0 (1 over) v Notts 162-7

A first set of six, delivered by Luke Wood, of few real dramas.

A couple of fours from the timber of Jesse Ryder, a single to Nick Browne and Essex are off to a solid start.

Hello!

Thanks Gary. Finely-groomed, indeed.

Right then, the players are back out on the field of play and we're all set to crack on.

Jesse Ryder and Nick Browne are at the crease, Essex need 163 runs to win.

ESSEX SET 163 TO WIN

Notts 162-7 v Essex (20 overs)

So, how will Essex fare? My finely-groomed colleague Brendon Mitchell will be back in about 10 minutes with the chase.

ESSEX SET 163 TO WIN

Notts 162-7 v Essex (20 overs)

Chris Read adds a little bit of panache to finish Nottinghamshire's innings, scooping Graham Napier for four and finishing it off with a quickly run two.

But you have to feel it's a below-par score on a flat deck and lightning outfield.

Graham Napier (2-20) and Ryan ten Doeschate (3-19) - both outstanding.

WICKET Wood (c ten Doeschate b Napier 0)

Notts 156-7 v Essex (19.3 overs)

If you thought Ryan ten Doeschate's evening couldn't get any better, it just has. Luke Wood pulls Graham Napier into the leg side and ten Doeschate dives forward to take a fine catch inches off the turf.

The good news for Notts fans is that Chris Read is on strike.

Notts 155-6 v Essex (19 overs)

Chris Read smashes his first ball for four but it doesn't do much to dent Ryan ten Doeschate's bowling figures.

Four overs, 3-19. One to go, Notts need a biggie. 

WICKET Patel (c Browne b ten Doeschate 23)

Notts 150-6 v Essex (18.4 overs)

I'm not a betting man, but if I was my money would be going on Ryan ten Doeschate for man of the match.

The Essex seamer picks up his third wicket for not very many as Samit Patel skews him to the point boundary and into the safe hands of Nick Browne.

WICKET Mullaney (b Napier 5)

Notts 146-5 v Essex (18 overs)

Nottinghamshire's innings is stumbling and stuttering over the finish line.

Graham Napier finishes the 18th over with a yorker which beats Steven Mullaney's defences and clatters into the stumps.

Two overs to go - what can the Outlaws muster?

Notts 141-4 v Essex (17 overs)

Ryan ten Doeschate has been the stand out performer for Essex.

Three overs, 10 runs conceded, two wickets. Excellent.

WICKET Christian (c Napier b ten Doeschate 21)

Notts 136-4 v Essex (16.2 overs)

Oh dear, this has been the story of Nottinghamshire's innings so far.

Just as Dan Christian was beginning to time the ball sweetly, the Australian biffs Ryan ten Doeschate high into the blue evening sky and Graham Napier takes a decent catch.

Next ball Samit Patel edges the Dutchman behind but James Foster can't cling on. Notts are wobbling.

Notts 135-3 v Essex (16 overs)

Is there a better touch player than Samit Patel when he's in form? The Nottinghamshire all-rounder carves Ravi Bopara through point and then flicks him through the same area next ball. Pure timing.

Can Notts get up to 180 from here?