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Summary

  1. Steven Finn hits winning runs as Middlesex chase 159 to win at Lord's
  2. Eoin Morgan out for 31, Gareth Batty took 4-14
  3. Kumar Sangakkara made 42-ball 70 in Surrey's 158-9

Live Reporting

By Phil Shepka and Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

Middlesex 161-9 v Surrey 158-9 (Middlesex win by one wicket)

Steven Finn
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So that's it from us tonight. Be sure to check up on us later tonight as we will bring you a round-up of tonight's T20 Blast action, including this rather enjoyable match at Lord's.

And remember, commentary of Essex v Somerset at Chelmsford continues at the top of this page.

But until tomorrow, that's from us live text bods. Goodnight!

The perfect start

Friday: England v South Africa (day one, 11:00 BST)

Scoring 190 in your first innings and your team winning inside four days - it wasn't a bad start to Joe Root's reign as England Test captain, was it?

Joe Root
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England went 1-0 up in their series against South Africa with victory at Lord's, but there's been little time to celebrate as the second Test at Trent Bridge is quickly upon us.

We have it covered - join us on the BBC Sport website and app from 10:00 BST on Friday for live text coverage, Test Match Special commentary and in-play video highlights.

War of the Roses

Friday's T20 Blast fixtures

Jos Buttler
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The cricket just doesn't stop there.

There are five T20 Blast games taking place on Friday, including a Roses match between Lancashire and Yorkshire at Old Trafford.

That will be our feature match in BBC Sport's live text and Radio 5 live sports extra coverage, which is due to begin at about 18:30 BST on Friday.

We'll have text updates of the four matches elsewhere, all of which are being covered by BBC local radio.

Away from the drama at Lord's...

Somerset 72-4 v Essex (11.1 overs, target 171)

Essex spinner Simon Harmer has taken two wickets to check Somerset's progress at Chelmsford.

You can follow the remainder of that game via the live radio coverage option at the top of the page.

Middlesex 161-9 v Surrey 158-9 (Middlesex win by one wicket)

That all got a little exciting didn't it?

Middlesex looked assured of victory at 133-3, before somehow construing to lose six wickets for just 20 runs.

But that all proved superfluous, as Steven Finn's winning runs took the hosts over the line in the end.

Middlesex win by one wicket

Middlesex 161-9 v Surrey 158-9

Remarkable. Just utterly remarkable.

Steven Finn, the Middlesex number 11 who never should have come out to bat, becomes the unlikely hero.

He hits one four to bring his side within two runs. Then, with such aplomb, he hits another boundary to bring home the bacon to please much of this sell-out crowd.

Finn survives...

Middlesex 153-9 (target 159)

But how? Ravi Rampaul looks to have Steven Finn stone dead lbw, but the umpire thinks otherwise.

Turns out to be a great decision - the replay shows it was missing leg stump.

WICKET: Simpson c Sibley b Rampaul 7

Middlesex 153-9 (target 159)

I do not quite believe my eyes.

John Simpson, what are you doing? He edges the ball high into the air for an easy catch for Dom Sibley. Steven Finn comes out to bat.

I don't think he can believe what he is seeing either.

WICKET: Sowter c Borthwick b Dernbach 1

Middlesex 153-8 (target 159)

In an almost carbon copy moment, Scott Borthwick makes no mistake this time. This game is going to a ridiculously close finish, having looked so comfortable for Middlesex a few overs ago.

Middlesex 151-7 (target 159)

Simpson 6, Sowter 1

So close!

Scott Borthwick almost clings onto a catch when Nathan Sowter swings at Jade Dernbach, but it goes through his grasp with his hands held above his head.

Buuut.....

WICKET: Franklin b T Curran 23

Middlesex 150-7 (target 159)

The wickets are tumbling at the moment but is it too little, too late?

Tom Curran gets the wicket of James Franklin and this match has taken yet another twist.

WICKET: Higgins 10 c Foakes b T Curran

Middlesex 143-6 (target 159)

Well that was entertaining. Ryan Higgins comes in, hits a four down the ground with his first ball, smashes a huge six off his second, and then nicks to the wicketkeeper with his third for a three-ball 10.

He's brought his side to within 16, though.

WICKET: Southee c Sangakkara b Batty 0

Middlesex 133-5 (target 159)

Four for Gareth Batty!

Middlesex bring Tim Southee to the crease up the order, clearly to have a swing at it.

And swing he does, right into the hands of Kumar Sangakkara.

Batty ends with figures of 4-14 - the best in the T20 Blast so far this summer.

WICKET: Morgan 31 c Sibley b Batty

Middlesex 133-4 (target 159)

Eoin Morgan's race is run. He cuts Gareth Batty into the hands of Dom Sibley.

Batty is on fire...

Attendance confirmed

Middlesex 133-3 (15 overs, target 159)

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Middlesex 133-3 (target 159)

Morgan 31, Franklin 23

Eoin Morgan gets lucky.

The England captain edges a Ravi Rampaul delivery towards his wickets, but it sneaks past them and runs away for four.

James Franklin shows him how to find a "proper" boundary, easing the ball away into the space. 26 needed to win and 30 balls to do it.

Middlesex 122-3 (target 159)

Morgan 26, Franklin 17

Nothing spectacular. That appears to be the mantra that James Franklin and Eoin Morgan have taken to help Middlesex reach their target.

With the final ball of Sam Curran's over, Morgan drives it back down the ground and it take some great work from Kumar Sangakkara to stop the four.

Middlesex 111-3 (target 159)

Morgan 19, Franklin 15

Tom Curran comes back into the bowling attack and nearly does some damage when Eoin Morgan almost top edges to Kumar Sangakkara in the deep, but it comes up just too short.

James Franklin then shows a cheeky bit of skill, chipping it over Gareth Batty into the space down the ground.

Middlesex 102-3 (target 159)

Morgan 13, Franklin 13

Gareth Batty is not so lucky in his third over. Having taking wickets in his first two, James Franklin sweeps him away for four and a couple of singles help keep the runs ticking over.

The batsman are going to have to start teeing off at some point soon, you feel.

Middlesex 94-3 (target 159)

Morgan 11, Franklin 7

It's not an easy situation for both James Franklin and Eoin Morgan to come into.

But they both manage to hit fours off Jade Dernbach and take 11 from the over.

Middlesex 83-3 (target 159)

Morgan 5, Franklin 2

Gareth Batty
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Gareth Batty finishes his second over with 2-6. I mean, that's not bad is it?

The spinners are enjoying themselves on this pitch, just like in Surrey's innings.

WICKET: Malan c Pope b Batty 41

Middlesex 80-3 (target 159)

Dawid Malan walks.

It was a sensational diving catch from Ollie Pope, who just managed to get his fingers underneath the ball.

Crucial wicket, that.

Umpire review

Middlesex 80-2 (target 159)

Dawid Malan is caught in the field by Ollie Pope and starts walking... but the umpires want a second look.

Middlesex 79-2 (target 159)

Malan 41, Morgan 3

The runs had dried up in the last previous couple of overs, until Dawid Malan drills Dom Sibley's delivery over extra cover for four.

That being said, it appears like we are going through a mid-innings lull.

Dawid Malan
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Middlesex 70-2 (target 159)

Malan 35, Morgan 1

Eoin Morgan gets off the mark with a single, but it's a good over from Gareth Batty.

Middlesex need 89 more to win from 72 balls.

Eoin Morgan
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WICKET: McCullum c Sangakkara b Batty 9

Middlesex 68-2 (target 159)

Surrey captain Gareth Batty brings himself into the bowling attack and says enough is enough.

He gets the dangerman Brendon McCullum, as the Kiwi tries to hook the ball away for six, but Kumar Sangakkara is near the ropes to catch and hold onto the ball.

Eoin Morgan comes out to the crease.

Middlesex 68-1 (target 159)

Malan 34, McCullum 9

Dom Sibley brings a bit of spin into play and there's only four runs off his first over.

Essex set Somerset 171 to win

Essex 170-6 (20 overs)

At Chelmsford, Essex have posted 170-6 in their 20 overs against Somerset. Captain Ryan ten Doeschate top-scored with 56.

You can listen to live BBC local radio commentary of Somerset's reply by clicking on the appropriate coverage option at the top of this page.

Middlesex 64-1 (target 159)

Malan 32, McCullum 7

A mah-oooo-sive six from Dawid Malan is followed up by another maximum that seemed to come back down with a bit of snow on it, having travelled so high.

I guess that's why the unfortunate fan in the crowd dropped the ball...

Brendon McCullum makes his mark with a wonderful driven four off the final ball of the powerplay. Middlesex are in control.

Middlesex 45-1 (target 159)

Malan 19, McCullum 2

Tom Curran appears to have a handle on this Lord's pitch. An appeal for lbw goes unnoticed in a strong over, but for a final-ball four from Dawid Malan, as he edges it to the ropes.

Had there been a slip in play, Malan was a gonner.

Follow the T20 Blast on BBC Sport

Click on the audio icon at the top of the page to listen to BBC Radio London commentary from Lord's.

BBC local radio will have live commentary of every match in this season's T20 Blast, and you can listen to coverage on the BBC Sport website and app.

We'll also have text coverage and in-play highlights of selected matches in the group stage, plus all four quarter-finals and Finals Day at Edgbaston on 2 September.

WICKET: Stirling c Batty b Rampaul 23

Middlesex 37-1 (target 159)

Ravi Rampaul is hit for four off his first ball of the innings, but the West Indies international has the breakthrough Surrey needed.

Paul Stirling plays right down the throat of away captain Gareth Batty at mid-off and his innings is done.

Middlesex 32-0 (target 159)

Stirling 23, Malan 9

Sam Curran is followed by his older brother Tom, who manages to prevent the free-flowing Paul Stirling getting into any sort of stride.

Only a slower ball hit in the air for two provided anything to cheer for the home crowd.

Middlesex 28-0 (target 159)

Stirling 20, Malan 8

Sam Curran comes into the bowling attack and his second delivery confuses Paul Stirling with the bounce, but the batsman still manages to contort his bat and send it for four down the ground.

Next ball, Stirling connects with another boundary before hitting the following delivery for a maximum. 16 off the over. Surrey will not be pleased.

Middlesex 12-0 (target 159)

Stirling 5, Malan 7

Dawid Malan gets the first boundary of Middlesex's innings with a wonderful pull shot for four off Jade Dernbach, who is sporting slicked back hair this evening.

Paul Stirling then follows Malan in finding the ropes, playing virtually the same shot, only with his other hand.

Good opening over.

Middlesex chasing 159 to win at Lord's

Surrey 158-9 (20 overs)

The teams are back on the field at Lord's, with Middlesex chasing 159 to beat Surrey in front of a sell-out crowd at Lord's.

Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan are the Middlesex openers, and there's the prospect of Brendon McCullum and Eoin Morgan to come.

I'll hand you over to Phil Shepka who will guide you through the Middlesex run chase.

The Benny Howell Show

Result: Glos beat Kent by six wickets

One of today's three T20 Blast matches has already been completed and it ended in six-wicket win for Gloucestershire against Kent at Cheltenham.

Benny Howell's 4-29 helped to restrict the visitors to 152-8 and the hosts reached their target in the final over to clinch their first win in this season's competition.

Benny Howell celebrates a wicket
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Middlesex chasing 159 to win at Lord's

Surrey 158-9 (20 overs)

As Tim Southee mentioned earlier, that was a really good bowling effort from Middlesex after Aaron Finch had got Surrey off to a bit of a flier.

Can their top four fire them to a first victory in this season's T20 Blast? We'll find out shortly.

Middlesex
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Essex 72-3 (10 overs) v Somerset

Bopara 22, Ten Doeschate 13

So Middlesex will shortly be chasing 159 to beat Surrey at Lord's.

Meanwhile at Chelmsford, we've reached the halfway point of Essex's innings and Somerset will be very happy with how things are looking.

Three wickets tumbled in three overs - all to different bowlers. Essex will want to get their act together or else they will see the game slip away before their eyes.

Surrey 158-9 (20 overs)

Middlesex bowler Tim Southee tells Sky Sports: "There was a little bit of swing there. After the start they go off to, we did well to pull them back to 160-odd.

"Kumar Sangakkara played an outstanding innings.

"We've got an explosive top four - hopefully one or two of them can come off and get us as close as possible."