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Summary

  1. Yorkshire make record 227-5 & beat Notts
  2. Surrey beat Essex by two runs
  3. Birmingham Bears beat Worcs by eight wickets
  4. Buttler hits 59 off 39 balls for Lancs
  5. Wins for Lancs, Hants & Derbys
  6. Glos & Middlesex tie early game

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By Felix Keith and Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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As well as Surrey's dramatic win at Chelmsford, there were opening-night wins for Lancashire Lightning, Hampshire and Derbyshire Falcons, while the Birmingham Bears also beat Worcestershire Rapids by eight wickets in the West Midlands derby.

Earlier, Gloucestershire and Middlesex produced a dramatic tie.

It's been a cracking night, after another good day in the Test match for England. Join us again next time for some more T20 Blast action.

Surrey beat Essex by two runs

That just about concludes tonight's T20 Blast action.

Let's just round up all the other results for you...

Surrey beat Essex by two runs

Result: Essex 186-6 v Surrey 188-8

Tom Curran
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You have to say, both Curran brothers were superb tonight.

Surrey skipper Jade Dernbach is delighted. They've got their campaign off to a terrific start.

Ravi Bopara's 75 from 46 balls for Essex wasn't enough.

BreakingSurrey beat Essex by two runs

Essex 186-6 v Surrey 188-8

Paul Walter swings and misses and Surrey win!

Excellent bowling from Tom Curran in the final over and the visitors snatch it. Excellent cricket.

Tom Curran
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WICKET Zaidi (b T Curran) 18

Essex 185-6 v Surrey (target 189)

Ashar Zaidi is gone! Four runs needed from the final ball.

From the previous ball, Surrey thought they'd run out Zaidi but it was not out - he'd just made it.

Out comes Paul Walter to face the final ball of the match...

Three to tie.. Four to win.

Essex need 7 runs from 3 balls

Essex 183-5 v Surrey (target 189)

James Foster tries to scoop Tom Curran's delivery towards the boundary but doesn't make contact.

A bye is given. Three balls left. Seven runs needed to win.

WICKET Bopara (b T Curran) 75

Essex 181-5 v Surrey (target 189)

Essex need eight to win... but Ravi Bopara's gone! It's a cracking yorker and - more importantly - a dot ball.

James Foster comes out for Essex - can he be the match-winner?

Eight to win, from four balls. This is pressure.

Tom Curran
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Consecutive sixes from Bopara

Essex (179-4) need 10 to win from six balls

Ravi Bopara steps up and takes this match on all by himself as he smacks Jade Dernbach for back-to-back maximums.

He adds a single from a full toss to put Essex within 10 runs over victory - with one over left.

Watch Ten Doeschate's wicket fall

If the visitors win this, was this the moment the game swung in Surrey's favour? Watch it back, as Sam Curran took the wicket of Ryan ten Doeschate.

Essex need 25 runs from 12 balls

Essex 164-4 v Surrey (target 189)

Ashar Zaidi
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Tom Curran bowls the 18th over and starts nicely, with a useful dot ball, but then Ashar Zaidi smacks one away, high for four - not quite a six.

Then another dot ball comes thanks to a slower delivery from Curran, before Ashar Zaidi finds another boundary and they take two to close the over with 11 runs taken from it.

So 25 now needed from the final two overs. It's become extremely tense!

Essex need 36 runs from 18 balls

Essex 153-4 v Surrey (target 189)

Surrey skipper Jade Dernbach brings himself back on to bowl.

He concedes four runs, and then bounces one into Ashar Zaidi's body and - as it falls away - tries to kick the loose ball along the ground into the stumps, but his kick slides wide.

Then an inside edge bounces away for four runs for Ravi Bopara. Another inside edge takes Essex up to 153-4. It's not a bad over from the Surrey skipper, in the end.

Three overs left. Target rate: Still 12 per over.

Essex need 48 runs from 24 balls

Essex 141-4 v Surrey (target 189)

After a no ball, Ashar Zaidi gets a free hit, from which Essex take a single.

Two per ball is what they need now or - in old English - 12 an over.

WICKET Ten Doeschate (b lbw S Curran) 25

Essex 136-4 needing 53 runs from 26 balls

Excellent bowling from Sam Curran and, after two dot balls and a two, Ryan ten Doeschate cracks.

He's plumb, lbw, for 25. In comes Ashar Zaidi...

Sam Curran
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Essex need 55 off 30 balls

Essex 134-3 v Surrey (target 189)

Ravi Rampaul bowls a couple of very decent yorkers and he concedes only five runs from the over.

Essex's Ravi Bopara has 51 from 34 balls so far.

Meanwhile, you can watch Bopara's earlier six off the bowling of Rampual here:

50 for Bopara

Essex 131-3 needing 58 to win from 34 balls

"Ohh, Ravi Bopara" rings out at Chelmsford as the hosts salute Ravi Bopara, as he moves onto 50.

Essex 129-3 v Surrey (target 189)

Chelmsford fans
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Oh no! Surrey's Ollie Pope's getting some stick from the Essex fans now, as he completely misses the ball fielding out towards the boundary and his error lets Ravi Bopara's guided stroke bounce over for four runs.

Ravi Rampaul will return to the bowling next... Essex need 60 to win from 36 balls.

Essex 119-3 v Surrey (target 189)

A much better over in the field for Surrey, as Sam Curran keeps things a bit tighter and just eight are conceded.

But this partnership for Essex is now looking crucial. Ryan ten Doeschate and Ravi Bopara have added 44 runs from 3.5 overs.

Essex 105-3 v Surrey (target 189)

The home crowd are enjoying themselves at the moment.

Ravi Bopara is playing risky cricket, but he's getting away with it.

He finds another big six over square leg, after swinging one away for four earlier in the over, and 14 are added.

Ravi Bopara
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Yorkshire beat Notts by 48 runs

Around the grounds

Samit Patel
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Yorkshire Vikings' gigantic score of 227-5 proved too many for Nottinghamshire Outlaws, who made 179-8 from their 20 overs.

A similar win for Lancashire Lightning against Durham Jets, with the home side finishing short on 140-7, in reply to Lancashire's 192-6.

Shahid Afridi starred in Hampshire's win over Glamorgan in Cardiff, taking 4-20 to restrict the hosts to 145-9 from their 20, defending 167-5.

Finally, Derbyshire Falcons were the only side of the four games to successfully chase. They made 180-3, with Luis Reece making 75 not out, to better Northants Steelbacks' 179-6.

Essex 97-3 v Surrey (target 189)

Ravi Bopara gets a six when it looked like he'd be caught on the boundary. Then Jason Roy later saves a couple of runs on the boundary. But four leg byes were conceded in the over too, so it's a costly one - 16 taken from the over.

Watch Westley's 'outrageous' six

A few overs before his dismissal, Essex's Tom Westley got one of the luckiest sixes I can recall... You can watch his 'outrageous' six in all its glory here:

WICKET Westley (b Borthwick) 23

Essex 76-3 v Surrey (target 189)

Scott Borthwick joins the attack... And gets a wicket with his first ball! The partnership is broken.

A perfect googly catches out Tom Westley, who goes for 23. A big moment for Surrey!

Scott Borthwick
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Essex 76-2 v Surrey (target 189)

A few fumbles in the field are creeping into Surrey's attack. They're getting a tad frustrated, as the pressure mounts.

Ravi Rampaul's pace is making things tough for Essex too though.

Essex 67-2 v Surrey (target 189)

Some cracking fielding from Ollie Pope prevents a boundary, after Tom Westley had hit Dominic Sibley for a six earlier in the over.

12 scored from the over though. Essex remain on track.

Notts and Durham lose wickets

Around the grounds

Nottinghamshire Outlaws hopes of chasing Yorkshire Vikings' record score look to be fading as David Willey has Dan Christian caught on the legside boundary and Steven Patterson dismisses Steven Mullaney. Notts are 147-6, needing an unlikely 81 from 21 balls to win.

Azeem Rafiq
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Durham Jets are similarly struggling against Lancashire Lightning, with Paul Collingwood falling. They're 113-6, needing 80 runs from 24 balls.

Derbyshire Falcons are in a better position against Northants Steelbacks, 142-3 off 15.4 overs, needing 38 runs from 26 balls.

Meanwhile, in the South Group, Hampshire have taken control against Glamorgan, with Shahid Afridi returning 4-20 to leave the hosts 114-7, needing 54 runs from 24 balls, with two new batsmen at the crease.

Essex 55-2 v Surrey (target 189)

Essex's required run rate is just over 10 an over. They need another 134 to win.

Ravi Bopara has 14, while Tom Westley is eight not out.

Bopara with a six

Essex 52-2 v Surrey (target 189)

Ravi Bopara
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That's a much more intentional six from Ravi Bopara this time, as he sends Jade Dernbach's slower delivery straight back over Dernbach's head for a high six over long-on.

A sweet stroke from the Essex batsman.

Essex 46-2 v Surrey (target 189)

Essex's Tom Westley swings - aiming straight back down the ground - but via an outside edge he gets a six over backward point.

That's what I'd call silly cricket. A six... From an outside edge!

Wagg fights back after Afridi burst

Around the grounds

Graham Wagg is leading the fightback for Glamorgan against Hampshire in Cardiff. Shahid Afridi didn't get a chance to go boom boom with the bat, but took 3-15 in three overs to leave the Welsh side 47-5.

But Wagg (39 off 19 balls) and Chris Cooke have got Glamorgan 98-5 from 13.2, needing 70 runs from 40 balls.

Essex 36-2 v Surrey (target 189)

Ravi Bopara sneaks a couple more singles with some typically risky running... Cutting it fine, but getting home safe.

Essex 34-2 v Surrey (target 189)

Ravi Bopara, playing his 250th T20 match, takes a couple of singles as he joins Tom Westley in the middle.

Surrey have a bit of momentum for the time being.

WICKET Lawrence (c Burns b S Curran 13)

Essex 31-2 v Surrey (target 189)

Now Sam Curran gets a wicket, as Dan Lawrence is caught behind, trying to swipe outside the off stump.

It gets a slight top edge and it's an easy one for the wicketkeeper.

WICKET Chopra (b T Curran 12)

Essex 25-1 v Surrey (target 189)

Varun Chopra
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After conceding a couple of boundaries, Tom Curran's fifth ball has too much pace for Varun Chopra, who edges into his own stumps and falls for 12 runs. Excellent bowling.

Lawrence hits a six

Essex 15-0 v Surrey (target 189)

Essex finish with a big first boundary from Dan Lawrence, who drives one straight back over Sam Curran for six.

Notts lose Hales in mammoth chase

Around the grounds

Alex Hales
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Nottinghamshire Outlaws have lost three wickets at the halfway stage of their chase of 228 against Yorkshire Vikings. They're 81-3 off 10.1 overs, after Alex Hales fell for 47.

Durham Jets are in trouble against Lancashire Lightning. Chasing 193 to win, they're 62-4 off 8.3 overs, with Paul Coughlin and Paul Collingwood at the crease.

The other game in the North Group sees Derbyshire Falcons 80-2 off 9.2 chasing down Northants Steelbacks' 179-6.

Essex 4-0 v Surrey (target 189)

Sam Curran will bowl from the other end for Surrey, who started well in the field with Jade Dernbach conceding just four from the first over.

Essex's required rate is up near 9.5 an over.

Essex begin chase

Essex 0-0 v Surrey (target 189)

Dan Lawrence and Varun Chopra are out in the middle to face Jade Dernbach's first over.

189 needed to win. Here we go...

Watch a Sibley six

Dominic Sibley has been in and out of the Surrey side in the other formats this season, but we showed his worth tonight, top-scoring with 61 runs off 40 balls.

Watch him deposit a Ravi Bopara ball into the stands.

Surrey make 188-8

So, despite losing wickets throughout, Surrey post a competitive 188-8. It's clearly a good wicket at Chelmsford and with short boundaries, Essex know they're still in the game.

Australia opener Aaron Finch (56) and Dominic Sibley (61) scored the majority of Surrey's runs, with Sam Curran pitching in with 25.

WICKET Sibley (run out Foster) 61

Essex v Surrey 188-8

Paul Walter to finish up. A single and a two is followed by an inside-edge off a hack down to fine-leg for four from Scott Borthwick.

The left-armer bowls well right up until the final delivery when a no-ball gives Surrey a free-hit. It's carnage off the final ball as Walter bowls Borthwick with a cutter. Borthwick forgets the rules, goes for a run and sends Dominic Sibley a hospital pass. James Foster pulls out the stump with the ball in gloves to finish with a wicket.