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Summary

  1. Michael Klinger hits 101 not out for Gloucestershire but Hampshire win by 24 runs (DLS method)
  2. Durham beat Leicestershire by six wickets in seven-over a side match
  3. Sussex v Middlesex abandoned following Middlesex innings
  4. Four games called off due to rain without a ball being bowled

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By Adam Williams and Paul Grunill

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Signing off

So that's it for what has been a pretty damp evening of cricket.

Wins for Durham and Hampshire at least meant it wasn't a total wash-out, but there were no-results in our other five games.

There is more T20 Blast action over the weekend with Essex Eagles facing Gloucestershire at Chelmsford on Saturday and six matches on Sunday.

We will have BBC radio commentary on each of them, so please tune in.

Thanks for being with us!

BreakingHAMPSHIRE BEAT GLOUCESTERSHIRE BY 24 RUNS (DLS METHOD)

And there is the confirmation of a win for Hampshire against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

The visitors were chasing 175 in 19 overs after Michael Klinger's earlier unbeaten 101 off 58 balls had lit up a damp west country evening.

But, thanks to James Vince (42) and Rilee Rossouw (45 not out) Hampshire were well on course for victory when the rain returned in their 12th over on 121-3.

My word! What a strange old game at Grace Road this evening....

Meanwhile, still no word of an end to the showers at Bristol and as it stands, Hampshire will get the win over Gloucestershire in that one.

BreakingDURHAM BEAT LEICS BY 6 WKTS

Paul Coughlin
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It's seventh time lucky for Durham Jets as Paul Coughlin drives the penultimate ball of the game for four in pouring rain at Grace Road to secure their first T20 Blast win of the summer.

It was an eventful final over with Paul Collingwood and Jack Burnham run out from successive balls, but Coughlin was up to the task as he reached 38 not out off 18 balls.

For Leicestershire, who posted 88-2 in their seven overs, it is their third defeat in a row.

DURHAM WIN BY SIX WICKETS. A fantastic 89 chase from the visitors gets our first win of the season. 👏👏👏 #BackTheJets

Durham set up thrilling finish

It's still in the balance at Grace Road as Durham finish the sixth over of their innings on 81-2. They need another eight runs from the one over remaining, for what would be their first T20 Blast win of the season.

Paul Collingwod is still there on 33 not out, after hitting two sixes off Mathew Pillans in that over, with Paul Coughlin on 30. It's raining heavily, but surely we're going to see this through.

Collingwood leads the charge

Former England batsman Paul Collingwood is going along nicely as Durham chase 89 to beat Leicestershire in their seven overs-a-side crash and bash.

He has 21 from 11 balls and the Jets are 49-2 after 4.3 overs.

WATCH: Scott hits 'enormous' six after rain delay

So, a very disappointing finish to our featured match at Hove. But there were a few moments of excitement for the crowd during the Middlesex innings - here's one of them, provided by batsman George Scott.

Rain stops play at Bristol

Gloucestershire Gladiators 174-5 (19 overs) v Hampshire 121-3 (11.4 overs)

Oh dear!

We're not doing very well at dodging the showers tonight are we?

The players are heading off at Bristol now and it sounds pretty heavy. As it stands, Hampshire will take the points here as the DLS par score is 97.

So, with no result at Hove, we'll head west to Bristol to see how this one between Gloucestershire and Hampshire might finish up...

Match abandoned at Hove

Middlesex 136-6 (17.4 overs) v Sussex - no result

And right on cue, there it is. Match abandoned at Hove and the points are shared.

Taylor grabs double for Glos

Gloucestershire strike a double blow against Hampshire at Bristol where Matt Taylor has Michael Carberry lbw for 20 and George Bailey is caught behind second ball. Rilee Rossouw is going well on 44 from 26 balls and he now appears to be the key if they are to get close to their victory target of 175 from 19 overs. The visitors are 114-3 in the 11th.

Still raining at Hove

Middlesex 136-6 (17.4 overs) v Sussex

Still no news of a resumption at Hove sadly.

In fact, we're getting dangerously close to the time when we might have to call this off. 21:55 BST is the latest they can get back out there to give Sussex five overs to chase a target for the win.

Bad start by Durham

Having to score 89 from seven overs is a tall order for Durham against Leicestershire - and it's even taller now as opening batsman Cameron Steel loses his off-stump to Dieter Klein in their first.

Durham skipper Paul Collingwood comes out at number three and the Jets are 9-1. Just the 80 needed from the six remaining.

Hampshire lose first wicket

An important wicket at Bristol where James Vince has gone, caught behind off Thisara Perera for 42 from 31 balls. Michael Carberry has now joined Rilee Rossouw, but Hampshire are going well on 88-1 in the ninth over, chasing 175 off 19 to beat Gloucestershire.

WICKET: Vince (42) edges behind to Mustard, but the captain has got his side off to a fantastic start in Bristol! Hampshire 85-1 (8 overs).

Ronchi rampant

Quite an innings by Luke Ronchi, who finishes with 63 not out from 21 balls as Leicestershire Foxes post 88-2 from their seven overs against Durham Jets at Grace Road. Ronchi slices the final ball of the innings for his third six, and also hit 10 fours.

Will it be seven defeats in a row for the north-east county, or will someone rise to the challenge and carry them to their first T20 Blast win of the summer? It's a big ask.

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Right, back to the business of tonight's T20 Blast action that has survived between the showers.

Leicestershire's seven-over thrash against Durham is approaching the halfway point...

Illness set to keep Philander sidelined

Vernon Philander
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Some more news from The Oval today where South Africa say fast bowler Vernon Philander will spend the night in hospital on a drip after feeling the effects of a stomach bug and is unlikely to be involved tomorrow.

Philander you may remember spent the early part of this season playing for Sussex in the County Championship.

See how Stokes brought up Test match ton

As mentioned earlier, Ben Stokes had a day to remember for England against South Africa at The Oval.

He hit a six to bring up a magnificent fifth Test hundred on the second afternoon of the third Test as he helped England to a respectable total of 353 before the bowlers played their part.

Highlights: Roland-Jones stars as England take control

Debutant Toby Roland-Jones took four South African wickets as the visitors slump to 126-8 at the end of day two of the third Test at The Oval.

Earlier all-rounder Ben Stokes' brilliant century led England to a first innings total of 353.

Watch the best of the day's action above.

So, while we wait to resume at Hove, let's just remind you how it went on day two of the third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval.....

Vince on the move for Hants

James Vince
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James Vince was caught off a no-ball in the third over of Hampshire reply at Bristol and he's making the most of that reprieve, having moved on to 35 off 25 balls against Gloucestershire.

The visitors need 175 from 19 overs for victory after Michael Klinger's unbeaten 101, but have started wel with 59-0 from six.

It's raining again

Middlesex 136-6 (17.4 overs) v Sussex

County Ground, Hove
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Thanks Paul. As it stands, we're hoping to resume at 21:15 BST for the Sussex reply.

But, as mentioned, there's some on-off rain swirling across the ground so we may have to wait a little longer.

WATCH: Archer removes Morgan

Four and out

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan has the star quality to take the game away from any opposition team.

But the Middlesex man didn't last long at Hove, managing just one four before he was the second man to fall victim to the bowling of Jofra Archer.

Sussex to face revised target

Middlesex 136-6 (17.4 overs) v Sussex

The umpires have said that Middlesex's innings is over, so George Scott finishes unbeaten on 38 from 35 balls. Rain has returned, however, so we will give you news of when Sussex's reply will begin, and what their revised target will be, as soon as we have it.

For the second half of the match - assuming there is one - I will hand you to Adam Williams.

50 for Luke Ronchi

I think Luke Ronchi might be striking the ball quite well tonight at Leicester....

FIFTY | Sensational innings from Ronchi, he's on 51 from 16 balls, 9x4, 2x6

The Foxes are 62-0 off 3.5 overs in their seven over innings against Durham.

Ronchi has an early dart for Foxes

Leicestershire wasting no time in their seven-over innings against Durham.

Luke Ronchi has found the boundary a few times already...

Weighell's 1st over 6,4,4,4,4,4. Ronchi hit them all. He has 30 from 9 balls. Lottery cricket in the wet. Leic 36-0 after 2 overs.

Covers coming off at Hove

Middlesex 136-6 (17.4 overs) v Sussex

The covers are being dragged off at Hove - but we now seem certain to need the assistance of Messrs Duckworth and Lewis to decide this one. Umpires Bailey and Cook are taking a look and they'll want to finish this game by hook or by crook. Shall we do the remainder of this text commentary in rhyme? No, we shan't.

Incidentally, for anyone who hasn't seen Sussex pace prospect George Garton, here's a photo which illustrates just how much he puts into every delivery.

George Garton
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Foxes start and Hants begin chase

Cricket continues elsewhere while we await a resumption at Hove.

Leicestershire start their seven overs against Durham while Hampshire have begun their chase of 175 against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

You can hear both of those games on BBC local radio by searching for them in the live coverage options at the top of the page.

Foxes win toss in seven-over affair

Leicestershire v Durham - start delayed by rain

Set for a start at Leicester, but how much play will they actually get?

TOSS: @leicsccc have won the toss and will bat first. Pitch is drenched but we are looking to start at 8.45pm & play 7 overs each. #LEIvDUR

And then there were three....

Birmingham v Yorkshire - no result

Another one bites the dust. So the Leicestershire v Durham seven-over contest will be the only game in North Group this evening, providing the rain doesn't return at Grace Road.

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Middlesex 136-6

Tim Southee is the new Middlesex batsman, but just one more ball is possible, as George Scott takes two to move on to 38 not out, before we're off for rain for the second time. A delay of any length and we are going to lose overs from the game.

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WICKET Higgins (c Garton b Wiese) 31

Middlesex 134-6

It's raining again at Hove as the Middlesex innings enters the final three overs. David Wiese is the new bowler and his third delivery accounts for Ryan Higgins, who skies a catch to George Garton on the leg-side boundary.

Gloucestershire make 174

Gloucestershire Gladiators 174-5 (19 overs) v Hampshire

Halfway stage at Bristol where the home side have posted a very decent score against Hampshire following a delayed start.

Michael Klinger leads the way with a magnificent unbeaten century. The Australian finishes with 101 off just 58 balls, featuring seven fours and six sixes.

He and Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera (26 not out) added 69 runs in just 24 balls for the sixth wicket.

Spare a thought for Hampshire seamer Chris Wood, his last over cost a whopping 31 runs. Ouch!

Klinger has now scored seven T20 hundreds, equal second most with McCullum and Wright. Only Gayle with 18 has more. #Blast17

WATCH: McCullum caught for 26

The danger man goes

This was a big moment earlier in the game. Brendon McCullum was in majestic form in Middlesex's win over Essex on Thursday, smashing 63 from 28 balls.

But after a brief flurry of big-hitting tonight he was out for 26 to the bowling of Chris Jordan.

Middlesex 132-5

Chris Jordan is back for Sussex, still only 28 years old, but a player with lots of experience around the world. His first ball is well pitched up but Ryan Higgins slices it away for four. The next one is a wide before Higgins hammers a six over the short mid-wicket boundary. Suddenly the pressure is on the bowlers.

A slower delivery is pulled away to the boundary and there's the 50 partnership by Higgins and George Scott. Two of the younger members of the Middlesex side, they've turned the innings round really well.

'Bar of soap' time

James Taylor

Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Fielding in these conditions is seriously tough. A skiddy surface with a wet ball, it's like a bar of soap.

Middlesex 116-5

Two former England Test players doing the umpiring honours at Hove - batsman Rob Bailey and spinner Nick Cook.No doubt they enjoyed the news from The Oval today.

Will Beer starts his second over and is immediately swept away for four by Ryan Higgins. Beer drops short and Garton keeps Middlesex to two as Higgins pulls it away to deep mid-wicket, but the next one finds the gap and it's four more.

This is the kind of impetus Middlesex needed after the rain interruption - 13 from the over and now, maybe 150 is a possibility for the visitors.

'Brilliant' Middlesex return

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

What a brilliant over there for Middlesex.

Clearly they've had a word in that rain break and said we've got to get on with this.

If they get themselves up to 150, they'll be something in this surface for their bowlers.

Middlesex 103-5

Ryan Higgins smashes the first ball after the resumption away over the covers for four, then pushes an easy single. What can partner George Scott do? He's managed 18 off 26 balls so far and needs to lift that rate.

No sooner said than done, Garton digs one in and Scott pivots to pull it away behind square for four. The final delivery is even better as he hoists it over the leg-side for six - 16 off the over.

Seven-over thrash on cards at Grace Road

Leicestershire v Durham - start delayed by rain

Better news coming out of the East Midlands....

UPDATE | It's stopped raining and the inspection brings better news. Toss 8.35pm, start 8.45pm, 7 overs per side - providing no more rain