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  1. Brendon McCullum hits 18 on Bears debut
  2. Luke Wright smashes century for Sussex
  3. Jason Roy makes 61 for Surrey
  4. Eoin Morgan out for seven as Middlesex lose
  5. David Willey hits 31, but suffers ankle injury
  6. Golden ducks for Moeen Ali & Alex Hales

Live Reporting

By Owen Phillips, Phil Harlow, Steve Marshall, Chris Hartley and Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    So, another evening's T20 entertainment has come to a close and those spectators in position at Bristol and Chelmsford to witness brilliant centuries by Luke Wright and Jesse Ryder can count themselves fortunate indeed.

    For a full list of T20 Blast fixtures, click here. We'll be back again with another live text commentary and more commentaries from BBC local radio and 5 live sports extra next Friday.

    We started this evening's coverage by quoting the stirring speech of Shakespeare's Henry V at Agincourt and it seems only fitting that we bow out with a quote in a similar cultural vein. So don't forget 'tune in next week, same bat-time, same bat-channel'.

    Thanks for your company.


    Hughes ignites Derbys victory charge

    Chesney Hughes

    An electric start from Derbyshire helped the hosts to a comprehensive victory over their East Midlands rivals.

    Chesney Hughes set the tone with a blistering 52 from just 33 balls after Hamish Rutherford smacked 37 on his T20 Blast debut, and there were contributions all the way down the order as Derbyshire racked up an imposing 201-7.

    In contrast, Notts were rocked when Alex Hales was bowled by Nathan Rimmington (3-24) first ball, but a fluent 66 in just 33 balls from Riki Wessels kept Notts ahead of the asking rate at the halfway stage.

    Samit Patel made 21 and captain James Taylor added 33, but as the required rate climbed, the wickets continued to fall, and Wayne White wrapped things up with the first ball of the final over.

    The victory moves bottom side Derbyshire level on points with Notts in the North group, but below their rivals on run rate


    Ryder runs riot against Hampshire

    Jesse Ryder

    Long regarded as one of the game's most dangerous hitters, Jesse Ryder finally registered a T20 Blast as Essex won a game in which they outplayed Hampshire in every department.

    After playing second fiddle to Mark Pettini (74 off 45 balls) in opening stand of 126 in 12 overs, the New Zealander reached three figures off only 51 deliveries and finished unbeaten on 107, including eight sixes as Essex totalled 212-5.

    It was the county's third-highest T20 total and never looked likely to come under threat after Hampshire lost their first three wickets with only 21 on the board.

    Ravi Bopara marked his 100th domestic T20 appearance by taking three wickets in an over fopr figures of 3-23, and Reece Topley weighed in with 3-25 as Hampshire were bowled out for 134 with nine balls remaining.


    Rampaging Wright rescues Sussex

    A belligerent but wonderfully measured unbeaten 111 from all-rounder Luke Wright gave Sussex an improbable victory over Gloucestershire in Bristol.

    Sussex, chasing a healthy total of 185-4, were in deep trouble at 104-6 after 15 overs and in an even bigger hole with 43 required for victory with 12 balls left.

    But Wright hit four sixes in the penultimate over of the innings, which was bowled by James Fuller and yielded 34 runs and saw the Gloucestershire man ordered out of the attack for two full tosses.

    Michael Klinger had earlier hit 61 in what looked like a match-winning total but, despite Sussex's early struggles, Wright came to the rescue and guided his side home with a ball left thanks to a 56-ball knock that included eight sixes and seven fours.


    Bears hold nerve for Old Trafford win

    Recordo Gordon

    Birmingham Bears made it six wins out of seven and moved two points clear at the top of North Group as they denied Lancashire a second victory in the space of 24 hours.

    Fresh from beating Durham on Thursday, the Red Rose county restricted last year's T20 Blast winners to just 137-8 at Old Trafford after New Zealand's Brendon McCullum made 18 off 14 balls on his Bears debut before being caught in the deep.

    Varun Chopa (40) and William Porterfield (36) made the only scores of note, but eager bowling and fielding meant that Lancashire's run-chase faltered.

    Recordo Gordon took 4-20 and although Liam Livingstone hit a four and a six in the final over, the task of scoring 17 to win proved beyond Lancashire, with Livingstone run out off the final ball.


    Roy tees up rare Surrey victory

    England opener Jason Roy's beautifully paced half-century and some exemplary spin bowling from Ashar Mahmood meant Surrey eased to victory over Glamorgan and climbed off the foot of the South Group table.

    Roy hit 61 from 47 balls but a Surrey collapse meant the Welsh side were well in the game chasing a total of 146-8.

    They started steadily enough, reaching 41-1, but Mahmood's 3-14 from his four overs ripped the heart out of the Glamorgan reply.

    And despite Wayne Parnell hitting 24 to give some hope going in to the latter stages, 17-year-old Sam Curran took three late wickets to wrap up just a second Surrey T20 Blast win this season.

    Read a full match report here


    Kleinveldt and Crook heroics make the difference

    Steven Crook

    Some incredible late hitting by Steven Crook and Rory Kleinveldt earned Northants a thrilling two-run win over pre-match North Group leaders Worcestershire.

    Crook (56 not out) and Kleinveldt (42) bludgeoned the ball to all parts as Northants hit 62 in the final three overs to post 193-8.

    Moeen Ali was out to the first ball of the innings but a gutsy Rapids response saw them take the match down to the final over, with Ross Whiteley whacking an unbeaten 41 from 28 balls and Ben Cox adding 24.

    Whiteley ran five twos off the final over, but he was unable to hit the boundary that was needed off the final ball to secure an unlikely victory at New Road.


    Raine denies Yorkshire in last-ball thriller

    Ben Raine

    Ben Raine dismissed England spinner Adil Rashid with the final ball of a superb match at Grace Road to earn the Leicestershire a tie against Yorkshire.

    The Foxes struggled for momentum against tight Tykes bowling, particularly from Matt Fisher (1-22) and Steve Patterson (1-25), as they posted what seemed a below-par 142-7.

    But the visiting batsmen found it equally tough, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell both out cheaply, as Yorkshire wobbled at 79-5.

    A mature knock from young Jack Leaning (48 not out from 30 balls), put the visitors on the verge of victory, but Raine (3-23) brought the crowd to its feet, trapping Rashid leg before with last ball.


    Allenby takes Somerset all the way

    Jim Allenby smashed an unbeaten 89 from just 51 balls as Somerset romped to a nine-wicket win over a Middlesex side who have now lost five T20 Blast games in a row.

    Allenby hit four sixes and nine fours and shared an opening partnership of 118 in 13.2 overs with Johann Myburgh (53) to go a long way to ensuring the total of 171-7 was reached with 12 balls remaining.

    England one-day captain Eoin Morgan made just seven as Middlesex struggled to set a truly competitive total on a small Uxbridge ground with a quick outfield.

    John Simpson was the one man to prosper, hitting a career-best 84 from 51 balls, but an Allenby-inspired Somerset had little trouble in reaching their target to keep their top-four hopes on track.

  10. Post update

    It's time to start our recap of this evening's T20 Blast action, then. With six England ODI stars and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum all in action, it's been a busy one...

  11. So how do things look now?

    There is more T20 Blast action over the weekend, with Nottinghamshire taking on Northants at Trent Bridge on Saturday and Somerset playing host to Glamorgan at Taunton on Sunday, both games starting at 14:30 BST.

    Whatever the results, Birmingham Bears and Essex Eagles are guaranteed top spot in their respective groups going into next week.

    The Bears now have 12 points following their narrow win over Lancashire at Old Trafford, two clear of Worcestershire and Leicestershire, but Northants could move into second if they defeat the Outlaws on Saturday.

    In the South Group, Essex lead Kent by virtue of a superior run rate, with Sussex Sharks just a point behind, and Hampshire just two points adrift in fourth.

  12. Post update

    Essex all-rounder Jesse Ryder, on their win over Hampshire

    "It was a good feeling to get my first-ever Twenty20 hundred, it's been a long time coming, but it was also nice to get it on my home ground as well. To win in the manner we did tonight was very pleasing.

    "Mark Pettini was hitting the ball really well and he got us off to a perfect start which made it easy for me to cruise and give him a hand. He helped lay the platform for us to get that score tonight.

    "Twenty20 is a funny game, anyone can win on the night, but hopefully we can keep the form we've got at the moment for the rest of the competition."

  13. Johnson among wickets for Australia

    Mitchell Johnson

    It hasn't taken long for Mitchell Johnson to lay down a marker for the Ashes, taking three wickets as Australia continue to dominate Kent in their tour match.

    The left-arm paceman took 3-42 as Kent closed on 203-5 after the tourists declared on 507-8.

    Johnson took his first wicket with this sixth ball, pinning Daniel Bell-Drummond leg before, and returned to remove Sam Northeast and Ben Harmison.

  14. Change of bat sparked Wright heroics

    Sussex beat Gloucestershire by three wickets

    Luke Wright

    Sussex captain Luke Wright, who hit an unbeaten 111 in his side's win over Gloucestershire, told BBC Sussex: "At the halfway stage we were staring down the barrel and I was struggling to time it.

    "But I changed my bat and I had a bit of luck and once I got one out of the middle it put the pressure on them and they started to miss.

    "I thought we were going to be too far behind but that one big over made a huge difference. To finish it with a ball to spare was so pleasing. It's a massive win for us and that's three in a row now."

  15. Notts underperforming in T20 - Johnson

    Derbyshire beat Nottinghamshire by 34 runs

    Former Nottinghamshire player and coach Paul Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham: "The question at the start of the competition was how Notts should do this season.

    "They should win it with the side they have got, with the power hitting they have got at the top of the order, the quality of their seam bowlers and Samit Patel's spin.

    "Things are not working and we are seeing a lack of confidence, a lack of belief and some pretty poor body language."


    Notts 167 v Derbyshire 201-7

    A miserable trip back up the A52 beckons for Notts as Steve Mullaney falls to the first ball of the final over, caught by Wayne Madsen, for four.

  17. Post update

    Notts 167-9 v Derbyshire (19 overs, target 202)

    The wheels are falling off for Notts as Ben Hilfenhaus is caught by Wayne Madsen, off Nathan Rimmington, for one.

    Three singles follow, and a dot ball, before Luke Fletcher sees his stumps flattened by Rimmington.

  18. KEY WICKET Taylor (c Elstone b Thakor 33)

    Notts 163-7 v Derbyshire (17.5 overs, target 202)

    James Taylor

    James Taylor punches his bat in frustration as he can only find a single off Shiv Thakor's first ball.

    Steven Mullaney takes a single and Taylor adds two more to the total. An lbw appeal is turned down as Taylor runs two leg byes.

    But this time Taylor, going for the big shot, is caught by Scott Elstone right on the boundary rope. That is surely that for Nottinghamshire.

  19. Post update

    Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger, on their loss to Sussex

    "It was a crushing defeat for us in the circumstances, but all the credit must go to Luke Wright for a fantastic innings.

    "James Fuller had a plan for bowling to him in the penultimate over and simply couldn't execute it.

    "We now have to hit the road for a Championship game at the Oval and there will be plenty of individuals pondering what they could have done differently during the journey."

  20. Notts hopes are fading...

    Notts 157-6 v Derbyshire (17 overs, target 202)

    As the run rate climbs above 13, the pressure gets to the visitors, who suffer a second run out in as many overs, Greg Smith the victim.

    James Taylor takes a single off Nathan Rimmington's second ball and a precious dot follows as new man Steven Mullaney takes guard.

    Four leg byes precede a Mullaney single before Taylor scampers another single. It's getting steep - 45 required off 18 balls.

  21. Post update

    Notts 145-5 v Derbyshire (16 overs, target 202)

    Former Nottinghamshire player and coach Paul Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham: "That's not a great wicket because Dan Christian is probably the one person who can really clear the ropes."

  22. KEY WICKET Christian run out Hughes 2

    Notts 145-5 v Derbyshire (16 overs, target 202)

    Two singles open Wes Durston's final over before James Taylor slog sweeps a four.

    But once again a boundary is followed immediately by a wicket, as Dan Christian is run out for two.

    The skipper takes a single before new batsman Greg Smith hits his first ball for four. 57 needed from 24.

  23. What they said

    England batsman Jason Roy, on Surrey's win over Glamorgan

    Jason Roy

    "It was a great win on a tough wicket against a team that are in form and playing some nice cricket.

    "It's nice to be back with the boys, in amongst all the banter again. I'm pretty happy that me and Dean (Elgar) had a good start and managed to get a few boundaries away, which is always helpful.

    "We had a good platform to go from there, but the pitch deteriorated quite quickly and credit to our bowlers who actually came out and bowled exactly what we planned.

    "They got a couple of early boundaries, but then we clawed it back really well."

  24. KEY WICKET Patel c Durston b Thakor 21

    Notts 138-4 v Derbyshire (15 overs, target 202)

    Samit Patel finds the boundary with Shiv Thakor's second ball, but the bowler gets his revenge next ball as Patel is caught by Wes Durston.

    Dan Christian joins the fray, but he and Taylor are restricted to a single apiece.

    Good comeback from Thakor. Notts need an imposing 65 from only 30 balls, but the captain is still there.

  25. Post update

    Notts 136-3 v Derbyshire (14 overs, target 202)

    James Taylor

    James Taylor launches his former Leicestershire team-mate Wayne White for six off the first ball of his final over.

    Taylor then takes a brace and a single, as does Samit Patel, before Taylor takes a two off the final ball.

    A better over for Notts, 14 from it. Now 70 needed from 36.

  26. Post update

    Birmingham director of cricket Dougie Brown told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and BBC WM 95.6

    "After a really difficult day, to get over the line was a really good effort. We should have got 150 but 137 was always going to be competitive with three spinners in the team. Credit to the guys, they deserved to scramble over the line."

    Birmingham, remember, were late getting to Old Trafford because of traffic problems on the M6 and were then put into bat.

  27. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Recordo Gordon

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Ammon: "Outstanding bowling by Recordo Gordon. Read the pitch perfectly."

  28. Bears top of North Group

    Birmingham Bears 137-8 v Lancashire 136-8

    BBC WM 95.6's Mike Taylor: "That's six wins out of eight now for the Bears. They are top of the group with Worcestershire losing and they are looking pretty good."

  29. Post update

    Notts 118-3 v Derbyshire (13 overs, target 202)

    That's excellent stuff from Alex Hughes, no boundary for a second successive over.

    He finishes with 0-22 from his four overs - a pretty stingy economy rate in the context of this game. Notts need 85 runs from 42 balls.

  30. Post update

    Notts 111-3 v Derbyshire (12 overs, target 202)

    Another miserly over from Alex Hughes goes for just five singles to push the required run rate up a little.

    Wes Durston also keeps things tight, restricting Notts skipper James Taylor and Samit Patel to eight.

    The run rate is now above 11 and Notts need 91 from 48 balls.


    Birmingham Bears 137-8 v Lancashire 136-8

    What looked like it should have been a walk in the park for Lancashire, turned out out to be anything but as Birmingham Bears showed why they are the defending T20 Blast champions with an against-the-odds victory at Old Trafford.

    Needing 17 off the final over, Liam Livingstone struck a four and a six for the Red Rose county, but another boundary was beyond him and he was run out in a futile attempt to complete a second run that would have forced a tie -but was only ever on if Tim Ambrose dropped Ateeq Javid's throw.

    Seam bowler Recordo Gordon was their star performer, taking 4-20 from his four overs, including the vital wicket of dangerous James Faulkner for 34.

  32. Post update

    Lancashire 135-7 v Birmingham Bears (19.5 overs, target 138)

    Liam Livingstone

    Liam Livingstone pulls Oliver Hannon-Dalby for six just in front of square and Lancashire need three to win off the final ball.

  33. KEY WICKET Davies c Ambrose b Gordon 6

    Lancashire 121-7 v Birmingham Bears (19 overs, target 138)

    Alex Davies attempts a reverse sweep and gloves a catch through to the keeper as Recordo Gordon finished his four overs with figures of 4-20 for Birmingham Bears. One over to go, 17 needed by Lancashire, it's all down to Liam Livingstone and Arron Lilley.

  34. Wessels' cameo comes to an end

    Notts 97-3 v Derbyshire (9.4 overs, target 202)

    Former Nottinghamshire player and coach Paul Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He didn't get hold of it - perhaps got it a little higher up on the bat than the last one, which went for six."

  35. KEY WICKET Wessels c Elstone b Durston 66

    Notts 97-3 v Derbyshire (9.4 overs, target 202)

    A good over from Alex Hughes slows Nottinghamshire's charge, with just four runs off the bat and two wides.

    Riki Wessels then takes six and a four off Wes Durston as he seeks to maintain the run rate, but a third attempt finds Scott Elstone on the boundary.

    A great knock, 66 at exactly two-a-ball, but it's a big blow for the visitors.


    Essex 212-5 v Hampshire 134

    It's all over at Chelmsford and that choir of significantly sized ladies are now in full voice. David Masters has Danny Briggs caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Tom Westley and Essex are victors over Hampshire by 78 runs.

  37. Post update

    Lancashire 120-6 v Birmingham Bears (18.4 overs, target 138)

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read: "What a big breakthrough! Laurie Evans may have taken a decisive catch."

  38. KEY WICKET Faulkner c Evans b Gordon 34

    Lancashire 119-6 v Birmingham Bears (18.2 overs, target 138)

    James Faulkner

    Lancashire's James Faulkner rides his luck as an attempted slog-sweep in the 18th over results in a top edge that obligingly falls between two Birmingham Bears fielders. But his luck runs out in the next one as Laurie Evans takes a good catch to give Recordo Gordon his third wicket- 19 needed off 10 balls.

  39. Wessels makes 50

    Notts 77-2 v Derbyshire (7.2 overs, target 202)

    That's a superb half-century from Riki Wessels, bringing up the landmark with a single. That's come in double-quick time too, off 23 balls and including eight fours and two sixes.

    Just what Notts needed after losing Alex Hales for a duck.

    But then another blow - opener Michael Lumb falls for 22 to Wes Durston. This total is certainly still chaseable, however.

  40. Post update

    Notts 72-1 v Derbyshire (6 overs, target 202)

    Riki Wessels bats

    Former Nottinghamshire player and coach Paul Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham: "Derbyshire just don't know what to bowl to Riki Wessels at the moment."

  41. Post update

    Notts 72-1 v Derbyshire (6 overs, target 202)

    Nottinghamshire are ahead of the rate as Riki Wessels twice dispatches Nathan Rimmington to the boundary, the second off a costly no-ball.

    Shiv Thakor then gets the Wessels treatment, opening the final over of the powerplay with two further fours.

    Three dots follow, but he gets a third boundary off the final ball to move to 46 off just 19 balls.

  42. Faulkner holds key for Lancashire

    Lancashire 101-4 v Birmingham Bears (16 overs, target 138)

    James Faulkner

    Australian all-rounder James Faulkner slams a six off Jeetan Patel as Lancashire reach the end of the 16th over with 38 runs still needed from 24 balls. This is been a lot harder than might have been expected at the start of their innings, but Faulkner, who is 23 not out, and Jordan Clark have steadied the ship with a timely stand of 39.

  43. Tall order for Hants tail

    Hampshire 98-7 v Essex (14 overs, target 213)

    Chris Wood and Adam Wheater have put on 32 in four overs, but this is surely beyond Hampshire with the required rate now over 19 an over. Essex's Reece Topley is about to start his final over, with figures of 2-24 to his credit so far.

  44. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms on Twitter: Mark Robinson @SussexCCC says Ajmal Shahzad may be out for the season Chris Jordan 4-6 weeks @BBCSussexSport #bbccricket

    That doesn't sound promising - I wonder how that will impact upon Chris Jordan's Ashes hopes?


    Glamorgan 127 v Surrey 146-8

    Ashar Mahmood's stunning spell of 3-14 from his four overs ensured Surrey closed out a comfortable victory over Glamorgan in Cardiff.

    England one-day opener Jason Roy hit a composed 61 for Surrey but a shocking second half of the innings meant the Welsh side were chasing a seemingly gettable 146,

    Glamorgan started steadily but Mahmood helped reduce the hosts to 56-5.

    And, although Wayne Parnell (24) inspired a comeback of sorts, Glamorgan fell well short with 17-year-old bowler Sam Curran impressing with three wickets late on.

  46. Post update

    Worcestershire's director of cricket Steve Rhodes on their defeat by Northants:

    "What a spectacle for the crowd, a wonderful game of cricket. To get so close to a big score, and 193 is a really big score, was a great effort. I'm very proud of the batting, especially after losing Moeen Ali first ball."

    Rhodes felt the game changed with the dramatic end to the Northants innings: "To go for 61 in three overs potentially made the chase quite difficult. If we had finished off the innings a little better, we would have been chasing a more reasonable target."

  47. Post update

    Northants coach David Ripley, on David Willey's injury and their win over Worcestershire

    David Willey lays down injured

    "We have got our fingers crossed. He has gone off for an X-ray just to check his bone.

    "He's kind of gone over a bit on his foot. He is booked in for a scan on Monday. Maybe it will be a twisted ankle and he'll be back firing for us next week.

    "It was a tense one. That's our third last-ball finish of eight games, so our supporters are getting their money's worth.

    "I can tell you the coach is not feeling quite the same way."

  48. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ryan Thomas: The funny thing about James Fuller's ludicrously expensive over was that his first spell was 2-0-6-2. #bbccricket

    If you missed it earlier, Gloucestershire's James Fuller was smashed for 34 off the penultimate over of the innings as his side were beaten by Sussex - with one ball left.

  49. Post update

    Notts 41-1 v Derbyshire (3 overs - target 202)

    Riki Wessels

    Riki Wessels goes straight on the attack, timing the ball perfectly to hit Wayne White for successive sixes and then a four.

    A Michael Lumb boundary makes it 22 runs from the third over. We have a game on our hands at Derby, that's for sure.

  50. Wood denies Bopara hat-trick

    Hampshire 80-7 v Essex (11.1 overs, target 213)

    That wasn't the hat-trick ball Ravi Bopara would have dreamed of as Chris Wood flicks it off his pads for two. It's unlikely to spark a thrilling Hampshire fightback, though. Essex are going to win this with something to spare.

  51. Game on at Old Trafford

    Lancashire 65-4 v Birmingham Bears (12 overs, target 138)

    Lancashire are in danger of throwing this one away as skipper Steven Croft holes out at square leg off Ateeq Javid for 15, his dismissal following that of Paul Horton, who was run out after hesitating over a second run.

    With only a moderate total to defend, there is a hint of a spring in the step of the Birmingham Bears bowlers and fielders as they look to repeat their win over the same opponents in last year's final.

  52. Three in one over for Bopara

    Hampshire 66-7 v Essex (10 overs, target 213)

    Ravi Bopara

    A choir of significantly sized ladies are performing their vocal exercises as Hampshire reach the half-way point of their innings with 147 runs still needed, and only three wickets left.

    Ravi Bopara may have failed with the bat for Essex, but his second over with the ball is an incredible one as the all-rounder picks up three wickets. First, Jimmy Adams skies a catch to Tom Westley and Adam Wheater and Gareth Berg are bowled by the final two deliveries to leave Bopara on a hat-trick.

  53. KEY WICKET Parnell c Linley b Curran 24

    Glamorgan 104-8 v Surrey (16 overs, target 146)

    Wayne Parnell has gone, and with his wicket it looks like Glamorgan are heading for defeat against Surrey.

    The Welsh side now need 43 for victory with just two wickets and 23 balls remaining.

  54. England's Hales out for golden duck

    Notts 14-1 v Derbyshire (1.3 overs - target 202)

    Former Nottinghamshire player and coach Paul Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham:

    "There was no real movement of the feet there from Alex, although it looked like the ball kept down on him.

    "It hit fairly low down the stump from a good length and the ball came back down the pitch, rather than the stump cartwheeling backwards."

  55. KEY WICKET Hales b Rimmington 0

    Notts 13-1 (1.1 overs, target 202)

    Alex Hales

    The Outlaws' evening gets even worse as their key man Alex Hales is clean bowled by Nathan Rimmington for a golden duck. What a nightmare for the England ODI and T20 opener.

    Over to you Riki Wessels.

  56. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sussex fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad: "Can't believe im missing the game in Bristol. Take a bow @lukewright204! What a knock! Seriously why is he not with England!? You beauty!"

  57. A glimmer for Glamorgan

    Glamorgan 99-7 v Surrey (15 overs, target 146)

    Glamorgan are still fighting.

    At 60-6 after 9.5 overs chasing Surrey's 146, things looked bleak. But Wayne Parnell and Mark Wallace's steady rebuilding has given the Dragons a glimmer with five overs to go.

    Wallace has just fallen, caught by Ben Foakes off Sam Curran's bowling, so wickets are running out. But with 48 needed off the final 30 balls the run rate is by no means ridiculous.

  58. Notts punished for poor fielding

    Derbyshire 201-7 v Notts (20 overs)

    Former Nottinghamshire player and coach Paul Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham:

    "It wasn't great by Notts in the field. That's the worst I have seen them field this season, possibly the worst they have fielded for a couple of seasons.

    "There was ill discipline and I felt a poor execution of plans at times in the innings.

    "They didn't do too badly at other times but they have a big target to chase now."

  59. What they said

    Leicestershire all-rounder Ben Raine, on their tied game against Yorkshire

    "It feels like a win, to be honest, because we felt we were 10 to 20 runs short of a competitive total

    "But we fought to save every run and took some brilliant catches, and it just goes to show you should never, ever give up."

  60. Taxi for Fuller!

    James Fuller

    By the way, that 34-run over we mentioned a few moments ago was bowled by Gloucestershire's James Fuller - or at least most of it was, as Craig Miles replaced the seamer to bowl the final delivery, though we're still trying to find out why.

    Either way, believe it or not, that's not actually the most expensive over Fuller has ever bowled in T20 cricket.

    In 2012, also at Sussex, Scott Styris tanked the 25-year-old for 38 runs off a single set of six, which did include a couple of no-balls.

    He won't fancy a return trip to the south coast any time soon, you'd have thought.

  61. Second-best total for Derbys

    Derbyshire 201-7 v Notts (20 overs)

    BBC Radio Derby's Iain O'Brien: "Who would have thought after last week's T20 Blast loss to Worcestershire Rapids and the defeat by Surrey in the Championship that Derbyshire would come out and post a target as imposing as that."

    Today's total is Derbyshire's second highest T20 score. Their best came at Headingley in 2010 - when they made 222-5 in beating Yorkshire by 65 runs.

  62. Notts are set 202 for victory

    Derbyshire 201-7 v Notts (20 overs)

    Dan Christian is the death bowler and his tight rein on the batsmen slips as Tom Knight takes a four off his first ball and scampers a single.

    Tom Poynton clears Ben Hilfenhaus's head for a six off the third ball and sloppy fielding allows Derbyshire a pair of twos before Poynton nabs a single off the final delivery.

    Derbyshire's batsmen have all contributed, and Notts have a mountain to climb.

  63. Post update

    Somerset all-rounder Jim Allenby, on their victory over Middlesex

    "We needed to win tonight and it keeps up our momentum. We feel like we are a team in form at the moment, in all competitions, and we have players in form too.

    "Great credit should go to our coach (Matthew Maynard) who has backed the players to perform all along.

    "We did not have the best of starts to this season, but I don't think we were ever in a panic. We just kept on working hard and we knew we would get better results."

  64. Post update

    Derbyshire 185-7 v Notts (19 overs)

    The economical Dan Christian picks up his second wicket as Alex Hughes looks to push the score on but only finds Greg Smith in another tight over.

    Harry Gurney ends an expensive evening, having shipped 49 runs as Tom Knight and Tom Poynton help themselves to nine, all run.

    One over left.

  65. WICKET Brown (c Ambrose b Gordon 6)

    Lancashire 25-2 v Birmingham Bears (4 overs, target 138)

    Laurie Evans in action

    Maybe this one is not quite as cut and dried as it appeared when Lancashire began their reply to a moderate score of 137-8 by Birmingham Bears. After Ashwell Prince slaps a catch to point in the second over, Laurie Evans hits a six off Recordo Gordon, but then edges a catch to the keeper in the same over.


    Sussex 188-7 v Gloucestershire 185-4

    That headline could very nearly say LUKE WRIGHT instead of SUSSEX.

    Captain's innings don't get much more captain-y than that as the Sussex skipper fires a boundary off the penultimate ball of the innings to secure an unlikely win for his side. Remember that after 15 overs they were 104-6 before the Luke Wright show really got going.

    He ends on an unbeaten 111 and the crowd in Bristol have seen something special.

  67. WICKET Carberry c Pettini b Topley 8

    Hampshire 21-3 v Essex (3 overs, target 213)

    Things have gone from bad to worse for Hampshire following James Vince's first-ball dismissal against Essex.

    Joe Gatting, playing in place of injured Sean Ervine, chips a catch to mid-off to give David Masters a wicket and Reece Topley then forces a false shot from Michael Carberry, whose top edge ends up in the hands of Mark Pettini. It is going to require a major innings from someone if they are to get anywhere near their target.

  68. The Wright man in the right place

    Sussex 177-7 v Gloucestershire (19 overs - target 186)

    Luke Wright

    Luke Wright is batting like a man possessed. His eighth six of the match and fourth of the 19th over brings up his 100 and ensures his side have a fighting chance in a match they looked well out of.

    A rather sizeable 34 (yes, that isn't a typo, 34!) off that last over means nine more are needed from the final set of six.

  69. Post update

    Derbyshire 171-6 v Notts (17 overs)

    Nottinghamshire's bowlers are beginning to drag their team back into the East Midlands derby as Luke Fletcher removes the dangerous Shiv Thakor for eight.

    Derbyshire have lost a little impetus, with 122-2 fast becoming 158-6.

    But Tom Knight and Alex Hughes both take boundaries off Harry Gurney, whose three overs have so far gone for 40 runs.

  70. When Wright's hitting windows...

    Sussex 171-7 v Gloucestershire (18.5 overs - target 186)

    Luke Wright smashes a ball

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms: "Luke Wright has just hit the second floor patio window and it hasn't broken.

    "He has now hit four windows at that end of the ground and none of them have broken."

    Wright has now hit seven sixes, is 96 not out off 52 balls and Sussex need 15 to win off the last seven balls.

  71. Glamorgan in a spin

    Glamorgan 56-5 v Surrey (9 overs, target 146)

    Glamorgan are in all sorts of trouble here in Wales. All of a sudden Surrey's 146 is looking a decent total.

    Azhar Mahmood has been wreaking havoc on the home side, with three wickets for 14 runs in his four overs.

    There's still reason for optimism for the Dragons though - there are plenty of overs left and Mahmood is all bowled out.

  72. Golden duck

    Hampshire 6-1 (1 over) v Essex

    Reece Topley celebrates

    It's an eventful first over for Hampshire as they set about trying to score 213 to beat Essex at Chelmsford. Left-arm paceman Reece Topley has to bowl 10 deliveries after sending down four wides, but one is enough for James Vince, who departs first ball.

    If Hampshire reach their target, it will be their highest successful run-chase in T20 cricket, beating the 205-4 they made against Sussex at Hove in 2008.

  73. Post update

    Derbyshire 143-5 v Notts (14 overs)

    Derbyshire are continuing to go along at a good lick, albeit at the cost of a few wickets.

    Dan Christian removes danger man Chesney Hughes, caught by Riki Wessels, for a thumping 52, plundered from just 29 balls.

    Ben Hilfenhaus then picks up his third wicket, bowling former Notts man Scott Elstone for 11, but an imposing target remains in view.

  74. Mr Wright...

    Sussex 138-6 v Gloucestershire (17 overs - target 186)

    Luke Wright is not mucking about here: two huge sixes - to the third and second-floor balconies respectively - sees Sussex hit 21 runs off the over and give themselves some hope. He's on 71 not out. The run rate required is still just short of 16 though.


    Worcestershire 191-6 v Northants 193-8

    Muhammad Ullah celebrates bowling his team to victory

    Northants withstood a brave Worcestershire fightback which saw Ross Whiteley and Ben Cox get the hosts to within three runs of an unlikely victory at New Road.

    Whiteley whacked an unbeaten 41 from 28 balls and Cox made 24, but the damage was done in an incredible end to the Northants innings.

    Sixty two runs came in the final three overs, thanks to some majestic hitting from Steven Crook (56 not out) and Rory Kleinveldt (42).

    In the Rapids reply, Whiteley ran five twos off the final over, but he was unable to hit the boundary that was needed off the final ball.

  76. Yorkshire tie with Leicestershire

    Yorkshire 142-8 v Leicestershire 142-7

    BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Fletcher: "Adil Rashid is out lbw to the last ball. Jack Leaning can't believe it and throws his bat to the floor. He is disconsolate as he walks back to the dug out. The two teams will share the spoils."

  77. BreakingIT'S A TIE!

    Yorkshire 142-8 v Leicestershire 142-7

    Ben Raine

    Yorkshire's Adil Rashid survives a big appeal for lbw off the first ball from Ben Raine, but bat is involved and a single taken.

    Jack Leaning then takes a single off the second and the England slow bowler does likewise off ball three. A dot ball follows, but a Leaning single levels the scores off the penultimate ball...

    And, when it matters most, Leicestershire bowler Raine holds his nerve to trap Rashid lbw off the final ball to leave the scores level! What drama!

  78. Sussex slumping in Bristol

    Sussex 110-6 v Gloucestershire (11 overs - target 186)

    Will Beer plays a shot

    Six down for Sussex as first Harry Finch is smartly stumped by Geraint Jones off Tom Smith's bowling, and the next over sees Will Beer join him in the dressing room as he walks after nipping a Benny Howell delivery to Jones behind the stumps. It's hard to see them winning from here - if they do, the rest if Luke Wright's innings will be worth a watch.

  79. Post update

    Yorkshire 138-7 v Leicestershire (19 overs, target 143)

    Jack Leaning hits Clint McKay for successive fours to put Yorkshire in the box seat.

    He then dabs the fourth ball for a single and Adil Rashid takes another single.

    Ten off the over and only five needed off the final over. Ben Raine to bowl it.

  80. Ryder helps Essex go big

    Essex 212-5 (20 overs) v Hampshire

    Essex achieved their third-highest T20 score thanks to Jesse Ryder's unbeaten 107 against Hampshire at Chelmsford. The burly New Zealander hammered eight sixes and eight fours to leave the visitors facing an uphill task.

    The home side's best T20 effort was 242-3 against Sussex in 2008 and they made 225-3 against the same opponents last summer, both of those matches also played on home soil at the County Ground.

  81. Worcs need 14 off last over to win

    Worcestershire 180-6 v Northants (19 overs - target 194)

    BBC Hereford & Worcester's Ian Randall: "Considering how many Worcestershire were chasing - and they haven't had a big score - they have done pretty well to get to this position."

  82. Bears on the back foot

    Birmingham Bears 137-8 (20 overs) v Lancashire

    Lancashire celebrate

    Birmingham Bears have won five of their last six T20 Blast games, but their bowlers will have their work cut out to make it six out of seven after an undistinguished batting effort against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

    Only Varun Chopra (40) and William Porterfield (36) made scores of any note, and four wickets went down for 12 runs in the last two overs despite a six from Recordo Gordon off the first ball he faced.

  83. The chase is on

    Yorkshire 127-7 v Leicestershire (18 overs, target 143)

    Ollie Freckingham completes an impressive evening's work, taking 2-21 from his four overs, but Jack Leaning then wallops Clint McKay for six and successive fours off Grant Elliott.

    The New Zealand all-rounder has Rich Pyrah caught by Tom Wells going for another big hit, but Leaning retains the strike for the penultimate over.

    Fifteen runs needed from 12 balls.

  84. Post update

    Derbyshire 95-2 v Notts (9 overs)

    Chesney Hughes

    Ben Hilfenhaus takes his second wicket, having the dangerous Hamish Rutherford caught by Samit Patel for a breezy 37.

    But Derbyshire continue to go at more than 10 an over as Chesney Hughes dispatches Patel for a four and six off successive balls.

    Hughes has 41 off just 19 balls

  85. Worcestershire respond to Northants challenge

    Worcestershire 157-5 v Northants (16 overs)

    Ross Whiteley is giving Worcestershire hope as they chase a daunting total of 194 for victory against Northants.

    Five wickets are down but Whitely has 23 from 14 balls and has smashed a couple of huge sixes. The hosts are now well back in the game with 157 posted and four overs left.

  86. KEY WICKET Bailey c Marshall b Howell 12

    Sussex 80-4 v Gloucestershire (11 overs - target 186)

    Luke Wright

    George Bailey is angry with himself - and rightly so. The Australia star gets a shortish delivery that he has time to pick his spot and hit wherever he likes. But he mistimes it and gives a simple catch - it's a wicket which significantly alters the odds in Gloucestershire's favour.

    There's a lot on Luke Wright's shoulders now - the skipper is 40 not out, but he's looking a slightly frustrated figure at the moment.

  87. Post update

    Yorkshire 105-6 v Leicestershire (15.1 overs, target 143)

    Getting interesting at Grace Road as Yorkshire youngsters Will Rhodes and Jack Leaning look to put pressure with some excellent running. Rhodes milks Kevin O'Brien for six runs before Leaning takes 11 off Grant Elliott, all run.

    But Ollie Freckingham returns and removes Rhodes for 11, caught well by Jigar Naik, with the first ball of his final over,

  88. Post update

    Essex 204-4 (18.2 overs) v Hampshire

    BBC Essex's Paul Newton: "Jesse Ryder is just so nonchalant. He's totally calm after every six - he just stands there waiting for the next one."

  89. 100 Jesse Ryder (51 balls, 8x6, 8 x4)

    Essex 204-4 (18.2 overs) v Hampshire

    Jesse Ryder

    And there it is, a first T20 century for Essex opener Jesse Ryder, who reaches three figures by smashing a long hop from Yasir Arafat for his eighth six.

    Graham Napier departed to the last ball of the previous over, caught off Gareth Berg as he tried to loft the ball over the off-side field, but Hampshire are going to have it all to do when it is their turn to bat, although the outfield is a fast one.

  90. Somerset 'hammer' Middlesex

    Somerset 177-1 beat Middlesex 171-7 by nine wickets

    BBC London 94.9's Andrew Moon: "Middlesex's total was probably 30 short. They ultimately didn't put enough runs on the board and Somerset won with a great all-round performance.

    "To win in the 17th over in a T20 game is an absolute hammering."


    Somerset 177-1 v Middlesex 171-7

    A massive six from Peter Trego is a fitting end to a match that Somerset have always been in control of, setting the seal on a massive nine-wicket win with 12 balls remaining. A good old-fashioned thrashing in other words.

    Jim Allenby ended up on 89 not out off just 51 balls.

  92. Bears struggle at Old Trafford

    Birmingham Bears 108-4 (16 overs) v Lancashire

    William Porterfield bats

    Spinner Stephen Parry completes his four overs with excellent figures of 2-19 as Laurie Evans gives a catch to Kyle Jarvis. With Rikki Clarke also failing, the onus is now on William Porterfield, 28 not out off 29 balls, to find a way to boost the Birmingham Bears scoring rate in the closing overs of their innings.

  93. Somerset saunter along

    Somerset 161-1 v Middlesex (17 overs - target 172)

    Somerset are making light work of this run chase, and the ease with which they are doing it suggests Middlesex's total was significantly short of what it needed to have been.

    Peter Trego and Jim Allenby - who at 84 not out could have even been eyeing up a century with a bigger target to chase - are untroubled at the moment.

  94. WICKET Ten Doeschate c Wheater b Yasir Arafat 9

    Essex 174-3 (16.1 overs) v Hampshire

    Ryan Ten Doeschate

    It is quite surprising to find out that Jesse Ryder has never made a T20 century - his best score to date is 90 - but the big New Zealander must surely have one in his sights against Hampshire after clubbing the sixth six of his innings off Danny Briggs to move to 82 not out.

    A smart catch by Adam Wheater sends home skipper Ryan ten Doeschate on his way, but that only brings Graham Napier, no stranger to spectacular hitting, to the middle.

  95. Post update

    Yorkshire 86-5 v Leicestershire (13 overs, target 143)

    It's getting dark at Leicester as the storm clouds gather over Yorkshire's reply.

    Kevin O'Brien denies Vikings captain Andrew Gale yet another 50 against Leicestershire, caught by his namesake Niall for 23.

    Grant Elliott's first over then goes for seven, and Yorkshire need 57 off seven overs. This could go either way.

  96. Somerset closing in on victory

    Somerset 141-1 v Middlesex (15.2 overs - target 172)

    BBC London 94.9's Andrew Moon: "James Franklin's body language is that of a captain whose side are staring at a defeat."

    Only 31 more needed for the Cidermen, with Jim Allenby still going well.

  97. Surrey collapse despite Roy's 50

    Surrey 146-8 v Glamorgan (20 overs)

    Dean Cosker

    Surrey lost six wickets for just 53 runs as they failed to build on Jason Roy's fine half-century and collapsed from 76 without loss to 146-8.

    Only four men reached double figures but Roy's composed 61 from 47 balls has given Surrey something to defend in Cardiff.

    Dean Cosker was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers with stunning T20 Blast figures of 4-25 from his four overs.

  98. Post update

    Derbyshire 44-1 v Notts (4 overs)

    Kiwi batsman Hamish Rutherford sets off like a train on his T20 Blast debut for Derbyshire.

    He takes a four and a six off the first over from Harry Gurney and then smacks successive fours off Ben Hilfenhaus, reaching 31 off 15 balls.

    But Hilfenhaus responds by removing Wes Durston as the hosts begin at more than 10 an over.

  99. Sussex stumble early on

    Sussex 25-2 v Gloucestershire (4 overs, target 186)

    Matt Machan and Craig Nash have both gone cheaply for Sussex, but with Luke Wright at the crease and Australia's George Bailey the next man in it's a bit early to write off Sussex just yet.

  100. KEY WICKET Maxwell c Naik b Freckingham 10

    Yorkshire 75-4 v Leicestershire (10.3 overs, target 143)

    Glenn Maxwell takes two off the first ball of the 11th over, but hits Ollie Freckingham's third ball straight to Jigar Naik, who takes a fine catch.

    The Foxes are right in this.

  101. KEY WICKET Mitchell run out Cobb 34

    Worcestershire 84-3 v Northants (10 overs)

    Daryl Mitchell

    Daryl Mitchell was leading the charge for Worcestershire at New Road - but a desperately unfortunate run-out has seen him dismissed.

    Mitchell was anchoring the innings nicely, with 34 from 26 balls, but Josh Cobb deflected a straight drive from Colin Munro on to the stumps and Mitchell is on his way.

    A Northants total of 193 is looking a big ask.

  102. KEY WICKET Pettini c Berg b Smith 74

    Essex 124-1 (12.1 overs) v Hampshire

    Mark Pettini

    Hampshire badly need to find a way to take a wicket to stem the scoring rate or face the prospect of having to chase a big target at Chelmsford and off-spinner Will Smith finally induces an error from Essex opener Mark Pettini, who has hit three sixes and nine fours in his 74 off 45 balls.

    Jesse Ryder is still there at the other end, though, having brought up his half-century off only 28 balls in the previous over.

  103. Glamorgan have Surrey in a spin

    Surrey 131-6 v Glamorgan (18 overs)

    BBC Sport Wales's Dafydd Pritchard at the Swalec Stadium: "As the pace has been taken off the ball and the brakes applied to Surrey's run-rate, the volume has certainly risen at the Swalec Stadium.

    "A healthy crowd of 6,000 or so are basking in a Surrey collapse as the visitors have folded from 104-1 to 131-6, with all six wickets falling to spin."

  104. KEY WICKET Bairstow b Raine 37

    Yorkshire 65-3 v Leicestershire (9 overs, target 143)

    Jonny Bairstow has the field spread as he smashes a six and a four in successive Ben Raine balls to bring up the 50-run partnership with his skipper, Andrew Gale.

    But Raine has his revenge next ball, flattening the stumps as the wicketkeeper goes for another big hit. Three maximums in his 37 from 22 balls.

    Just the small matter of Glenn Maxwell to cope with now for the Foxes bowlers.

  105. Double 50s for Somerset

    Somerset 110-0 v Middlesex (12 overs, target 172)

    Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh both bring up their half-centuries in the space of a few minutes. Middlesex have managed to bowl the odd tight over, but the lack of wickets means this match is drifting away from them increasingly quickly, and neither opener has looked in much trouble so far.

  106. KEY WICKET Chopra c Lilley b Parry 40

    Birmingham Bears 69-2 (9.1 overs) v Lancashire

    Varun Chopra

    Lancashire captain Steven Croft keeps the Bears guessing, and succeeds in slowing the scoring rate, with frequent bowling changes and Varun Chopra eventually loses patience and lofts left-arm spinner Stephen Parry straight to Arron Lilley at long-off. It is a major setback for the visitors, who are looking to repeat their victory over Lancashire's in last year's final.

  107. Post update

    Somerset 86-0 v Middlesex (9 overs, target 172)

    Somerset may be lacking their World Boss now, but you have to fancy them from their current position. Openers Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh are going about things in assured fashion and Somerset are almost halfway there already.

  108. Surrey losing their way

    Surrey 118-4 v Glamorgan (16 overs)

    Jason Roy's departure has led to a bit of mini-collapse for Surrey against Glamorgan.

    Vikram Solanki and Gary Wilson both quickly followed Roy back to the pavilion and now their innings is in danger of falling well short of what seemed likely, with 118 on the board and just four overs remaining.

  109. Having a T20 Blast

    We're now under way in our final match, between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, which means all eight of this evening's T20 Blast matches are in progress!

  110. Post update

    Yorkshire 48-2 v Leicestershire (7 overs, target 143)

    Jonny Bairstow

    Yorkshire took only 33 runs from their powerplay as Ollie Freckingham and Niall O'Brien come into the attack for the hosts.

    But England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is finding his feet. He smacks a six, four and single from the last three balls of O'Brien's first over, and then a six from Jigar Naik's opening delivery.

    Andrew Gale also helps himself to a four as Naik's first over goes for 14.

  111. Gloucestershire lay down the gauntlet

    Gloucestershire 185-4 v Sussex (20 overs)

    Oliver Robinson takes the wicket of former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones with an artful piece of deception, but the final over of the innings goes for 11. A competitive total from Gloucestershire - how will George Bailey and co get on in their reply?

  112. Pettini on the charge

    Essex 79-0 (8 overs) v Hampshire

    Essex are going like a train at Chelmsford and after hitting a six off spinner Danny Briggs, Mark Pettini brings up a 31-ball half-century with a single in the same over, his third of the season. Jesse Ryder has had far less of the strike, but has already cleared the rope twice.

  113. 'Outstanding' catch removes McCullum

    Birmingham Bears 49-0 v Lancashire (6 overs)

    Brendon McCullum runs

    BBC WM 95.6's Mike Taylor: "That went so high and in the strong wind it was a difficult one to judge. It was an outstanding running catch by Steven Croft."

  114. KEY WICKET McCullum c Croft b Clark 18

    Birmingham Bears 49-1 v Lancashire (6 overs)

    Bears skipper Varun Chopra collects four over mid-wicket and then flicks another boundary through fine leg, but there is disappointment for the Old Trafford crowd as partner Brendon McCullum attempts a straight six from the final ball of Jordan Clark's over, but gets underneath the ball and the catch is superbly taken by home skipper Steven Croft.

  115. KEY WICKET Roy c Hogan b Cosker 61

    Surrey 105-2 v Glamorgan (14 overs)

    Michael Hogan celebrates

    Jason Roy's impressive innings comes to an end for 61 off 47 balls against Glamorgan in Cardiff, as he's caught by Michael Hogan off the bowling of Dean Cosker.

    An eye-catching knock by the England ODI and T20 opener, though, clearly returning from his international duties with a fair dose of confidence.

  116. Post update

    Yorkshire 16-2 v Leicestershire (4 overs, target 143)

    England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow is at the crease as Leicestershire continue their brilliant start, Ben Raine trapping Andrew Hodd leg before for two.

    Bairstow is under the cosh immediately as he survives an lbw appeal from Raine from his first ball and a caught behind enquiry from his second.

    Clint McKay then restricts the visitors to just four from the next over. Game on?

  117. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Worcestershire 36-1 v Northants (4 overs, target 194)

    David Willey

    BBC Radio Northampton on Twitter: @NorthantsCricket's David Willey injured ankle colliding w/ Jack Shantry while batting at Worcester. He's returned home for scan #bbccricket

    Meanwhile, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Daryl Mitchell have shared 36 runs for the second wicket as Worcestershire look to recover from the early loss of Moeen Ali.

  118. McCullum finds the boundary for Bears

    Birmingham Bears 32-0 v Lancashire (4 overs)

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin: "I don't think McCullum's got hold of one yet."

    Well, he's not doing too badly. He's already notched up four boundaries for the Bears and has 18 off 12 balls.

  119. Post update

    Somerset 32-0 v Middlesex (3 overs, target 172)

    Solid start from Somerset in their reply at Uxbridge, with Jim Allenby hitting three boundaries off the third over. With a required run rate of 8.6 an over, a few more of those and Somerset will be more than happy.

  120. Jason Roy makes 50

    Surrey 88-1 v Glamorgan (11.1 overs)

    Jason Roy

    Jason Roy has lifted spirits for T20 Blast strugglers Surrey with the type of innings that has earned him his England place.

    He's been steadily impressive, dominating his opening partnership with Dean Elgar and hitting three fours and reaching his half-century with his third six. His 50 came off 39 balls and included three fours and three sixes.

    Glamorgan are slowing the run rate since Elgar was dismissed but can Surrey make the most of wickets in hand?

  121. Post update

    Essex 33-0 (4 overs) v Hampshire

    Jesse Ryder plays a shot

    Powerful Jesse Ryder smashes a six in the opening over and Essex add five boundaries in the next two as they make a fast start at Chelmsford.

  122. Post update

    Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire (19:30 BST)

    Good news at Derby where the covers are coming off.

    Play is due to start at 19:30 BST if there's no more rain. No overs have been lost.

  123. Kyle show you who's boss

    Birmingham Bears 18-0 Lancashire (2 overs)

    Paceman Kyle Jarvis has taken 55 wickets in the Championship for Lancashire this summer, but that cuts no ice with Brendon McCullum, who slashes his first boundary for Birmingham Bears and then adds two more for good measure of the next two deliveries, hoiking the second through mid-wicket before lofting over the head of the mid-off fielder. Anyone remember Tommy Steele's 'Hold it, crash, bang, wallop'...

  124. KEY WICKET Finch lbw McKay 2

    Yorkshire 5-1 v Leicestershire (1.3 overs target 143)

    Andrew Gale in action

    Yorkshire start their reply under cloudy skies with Aussie dynamo Aaron Finch and skipper Andrew Gale, who has five 50s in his last six T20 knocks against Leicestershire.

    But danger man Finch is trapped lbw by his international team-mate Clint Mckay! A great start for the hosts as Finch's disappointing form continues.

  125. KEY WICKET Moeen c Keogh b Kleinveldt 0

    Worcestershire 0-1 v Northants (0.1 overs, target 194)

    Moeen Ali

    Oh, goodness me. Opta Jim, and the rest of us, owe Moeen Ali a bit of an apology.

    The England all-rounder gets a first-ball duck as Worcestershire set about their chase, with Rob Keogh snaffling a catch off the bowling of Rory Kleinveldt. What a start.

  126. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Northants 193-8 v Worcestershire (20 overs)

    From OptaJim: "82.4 - Moeen Ali has (82.4%) has the highest boundary run percentage in @NatWestT20Blast 2015, minimum 20 balls faced. Aggressive."

    Here we go then, the teams are back out, Worcestershire need 194 to win...

  127. Roy given a lifeline

    Surrey 66-0 v Glamorgan (8 overs)

    Steady stuff from Surrey and Jason Roy in Cardiff against Glamorgan, though he's just been dropped by Graeme Wagg off the bowling of Andrew Salter.

    The England one-day opener has 41 from 30 balls after eight overs but has not truly cut loose.

    Wickets in hand seem to be in mind for Surrey, who need victory to climb off the bottom of the table.

  128. Faulkner v McCullum at Old Trafford

    Lancashire v Birmingham Bears (19:00 BST)

    Players walk onto the field

    It's like the World Cup final revisited at Old Trafford where Australia's man-of-the-match James Faulkner will open the bowling for Lancashire, with New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum opening the Birmingham innings with Varun Chopra.

    Game on.

  129. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Lancashire v Birmingham Bears (19:00 BST)

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    TMS team

    We are on the air from Old Trafford! Lancashire v Birmingham on @5liveSport #TMSt20

  130. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    From Essex Cricket: "Hampshire are our bogey team in Twenty20 cricket, having won 6 of the last 6 v us. No better time than now to put that right! #EssvHam"

  131. Roy fireworks spark Surrey

    Surrey 59-0 v Glamorgan (7 overs)

    Jason Roy

    BBC London 94.9's Mark Church: "Surrey have missed Jason Roy firing in the competition so far this season, but he's firing now."

    The England one-day opener has just deposited Dean Cosker for six after earlier dumping another maximum into the River Taff. Roy is closing on a half-century for Surrey.

  132. Rain holds up derby

    Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire (19:00 BST)

    The rain chooses its moments, doesn't it? Just 15 minutes from the scheduled start at Derby and the covers go on.

    There will be a delayed beginning to the battle of the basement.

  133. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Northants 193-8 v Worcestershire (20 overs)

    BBC Radio Northampton's Alex Winter on Twitter: Doesn't look like David Willey, who was injured batting, is going to take the field. Big blow for @NorthantsCCC #bbccricket #T20Blast

  134. KEY WICKET Klinger c Cachopa b Liddle 61

    Gloucestershire 130-2 v Sussex (14.4 overs)

    Sussex will be glad to see the back of the prolific Michael Klinger, who finally mistimes one. skying a Chris Liddle delivery to allow Cachopa to take a catch he had plenty of time to wait for.

  135. Northants finish on a high

    Northants 193-8 v Worcestershire (20 overs)

    Steven Crook

    Some late lusty blows from Steven Crook and Rory Kleinveldt helped Northants get back on track and gain the momentum at the halfway point against Worcestershire.

    Kleinveldt bludgeoned 42 from 12 balls and Crook finished unbeaten on 56 as Northants added 61 runs in the last three overs.

    Despite a blistering start by Northants, they were 112-5 with six overs left after some tidy bowling from Brett D'Oliveira, who also ran out Josh Cobb.

    But the end-of-innings fireworks have left group leaders Worcestershire with a great deal to do.

  136. Simpson sets the standard

    Middlesex 171-7 v Somerset (20 overs)

    John Simpson hits all 14 of the runs that come off the final over of the innings to take his personal score up to 84 off 51 deliveries - the best of his T20 career. You have to say that total looks a bit short of what Middlesex would have expected after the start they made.

  137. Yorkshire set 143 to win

    Leicestershire 142-7 v Yorkshire (20 overs)

    The final couple of overs are left to the bowlers as Clint McKay and Ben Raine try to build a target they can defend.

    McKay manages a four off Patterson in a penultimate over which goes for 11, but that's it for the boundary count as Fisher restricts the Foxes to a measly three singles and two byes at the death.

    Yorkshire will be mighty pleased with their efforts in the field, but will they also struggle for momentum on this pitch? We shall find out in 15.

  138. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    From OptaJim: "1 - Graham Napier needs one wicket to become the 8th bowler to take 100 wickets in English domestic T20s. Target. @EssexCricket"

  139. Another one bites the dust!

    Middlesex 157-7 v Somerset (19 overs)

    Ollie Rayner tries a reverse sweep that goes all wrong as Tim Groenewald takes another key wicket. That's seven down for Middlesex, who haven't really capitalised on a superb start to the night. What can they get the score up to in the closing few balls?

  140. Team news

    Essex v Hampshire (19:00 BST)

    Evergreen seam bowler David Masters returns to the Essex side after missing their Championship match against Gloucestershire because of a groin strain.

    They will bat first at the Ageas Bowl after Hampshire captain James Vince won the toss, with the home side giving Joe Gatting, nephew of ex-England skipper Mike, a chance in the absence of injured Sean Ervine.

    The winners will move to the top of South Group providing their run-rate is better than that of current leaders Kent, who do not have a T20 game this week.

    Essex: Pettini, Ryder, Westley, Bopara, ten Doeschate (capt), Browne, Foster, Napier, Masters, Tait, Topley.

    Hampshire: Vince (capt), Carberry, Gatting, Shah, Adams, Wheater, Smith, Berg, Wood, Yasir Arafat, Briggs.

  141. Team news

    Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire (19:00 BST)

    Derbyshire have won the toss and will bat first in the East Midlands derby with Nottinghamshire.

    Derbyshire prop up the table, but have Kiwi international batsman Hamish Rutherford available to make his T20 Blast debut.

    Notts, who sit second bottom of the North group, will be hoping for big things from the returning England tyro Alex Hales.

    Derbyshire: Durston (capt), Rutherford, Hughes, Madsen, Thakor, Elstone, Hughes, Knight, Poynton, White, Rimmington.

    Notts: Hales, Lumb, Wessels, Smith, Patel, Taylor (capt), Christian, Mullaney, Hilfenhaus, Fletcher, Gurney.

  142. Wicket wait is over

    Gloucestershire 88-1 v Sussex (10.4 overs)

    We've finally got the first wicket of the match, more than halfway through the Gloucestershire innings as Hamish Marshall falls to Luke Wright's bowling. The immovable Michael Klinger is still there at the other end though, grabbing another half-century and upping his average to 500*.

    * this may be a slight exaggeration. But only a slight one.

  143. Team news

    Lancashire v Birmingham Bears (19:00 BST)

    Brendon McCullum

    With all the Birmingham Bears players safely at Old Trafford following delays on the M6, they will bat first after Lancashire skipper Steven Croft won the toss and opted to bowl first.

    The Red Rose county make one change that beat Durham on Thursday evening, with Jordan Clark returning in place of paceman Tom Bailey.

    There is no Ian Bell in the Bears line-up, but his replacement isn't half bad - New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, who is set to open with skipper Varun Chopra in his debut appearance for the holders.

    Lancashire: Prince, Horton, Brown, Croft (capt), Faulkner, Livingstone, Davies, Lilley, Clark, Parry, Jarvis.

    Birmingham Bears: Chopra (capt), McCullum, Porterfield, Ambrose, Clarke, Evans, Gordon, Javid, Patel, Hannon-Dalby, Poysden.

  144. Post update

    Leicestershire 120-6 v Yorkshire (17 overs)

    Andrea Agathangelou goes on the attack, hitting the first three balls of Will Rhodes' second over for a six and two fours. But disaster strikes with the fourth as Niall O'Brien is run out by Jonny Bairstow.

    The South African takes another three runs from Steve Patterson's over, moving on to 34 from 21, but Tom Wells is then caught by Rich Pyrah to leave the hosts on 120-6 with just three overs left.

  145. Roy sets Surrey landmark

    Surrey 7-0 v Glamorgan (1 over)

    BBC London 94.9's Mark Church: "I've seen some strange starts to T20 games, but this is one of the stranger."

    The only boundary from the opening over comes as Jason Roy misses with an attempted reverse sweep and it goes for four byes. Roy, back for Surrey after England duty, did finally get off the mark with two to become Surrey's leading T20 scorer, overtaking Mark Ramprakash.

  146. Gloucestershire up the tempo

    Gloucestershire 76-0 v Sussex (9 overs)

    [Warning: dance metaphor alert] If the first few overs were a gentle waltz for Gloucestershire, the last couple have been a bit of full-out Lionel Blair tap dance... Two sixes off the ninth over take them to 76 without loss - where are the wickets coming from for Sussex?

  147. Rapids peg back Northants

    Northants 124-5 v Worcestershire (15 overs)

    Worcestershire have fought back steadily against Northants after an explosive start by the hosts saw Richard Levi and David Willey smashing the ball to all parts inside the first three overs.

    Both men have gone and a fabulous piece of fielding by Brett D'Oliveira also saw Josh Cobb run out.

    The run rate has slowed but with five overs to go it is delicately poised. However, Northants are running out of wickets.

  148. Simpson reaches 50

    Middlesex 130-4 v Somerset (15 overs)

    John Simpson

    John Simpson brings up his half-century off 30 balls as he digs out an Alfonso Thomas yorker to run a single to the boundary. That's our first 50 of the evening.

    He is clearly the backbone of this innings now - is he going to step even harder on the accelerator now?

  149. Post update

    Leicestershire 92-4 v Yorkshire (14 overs)

    Rashid's first ball of his final over is struck for four by Andrea Agathangelou, but just four singles and a dot follow as he ships a respectable 28 runs from his four-over allocation.

    Earlier Rich Pyrah also completed his bowling duties, conceding just two boundaries and 26 runs and bowling Foxes opener Eckersley for 28.

    Leicestershire desperately need some momentum if they want to post a challenging target. Niall O'Brien has 25 off 23.

  150. Rashid helps restrict Foxes

    Leicestershire 92-4 v Yorkshire (14 overs)

    Not a bad evening's work for England one-day spinner Adil Rashid, by the sounds of it...

    BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Fletcher: "That's 1-28 from his four overs for Rashid. If you can go for less than 30 in your four overs in T20 you've had a pretty good evening."

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    From Lancashire CCC: "The toss will take place at 6:30pm with the match starting at 7pm. No loss of overs. #LanvBir @NatWestT20Blast"

  152. Post update

    Gloucestershire 23-0 v Sussex (4 overs)

    By T20 standards it's been a pretty sedate start to proceedings in Bristol, with just the three boundaries off the first four overs for Gloucestershire. Given Michael Klinger's pretty respectable average of 228.5 in the competition, there's plenty of scope for that to improve quickly though.

  153. Team news

    Glamorgan v Surrey (18:30)

    Jason Roy

    Glamorgan hope the confidence gained from four Championship wins in a row will help inspire them against bottom-of-the-table Surrey.

    Surrey have just one win from seven T20 Blast fixtures so far and need a serious upturn in form to make the quarter-finals.

    England one-day opener Jason Roy will get the chance to lead the fight from the off in Cardiff, with the Brown Caps being put in to bat.

    Glamorgan: Rudolph (acpt), Wallace, Ingram, Cooke, Lloyd, Meschede, Wagg, Parnell, Salter, Hogan, Cosker.

    Surrey: Roy, Elgar, Solanki, Wilson, Foakes, Azhar Mahmood, Burke, Curran, Batty (capt), Linley, Dunn.

  154. Post update

    Leicestershire 61-3 v Yorkshire (10 overs)

    Niall O'Brien takes two from the first ball of Adil Rashid's second over before he sends down a wide.

    O'Brien then takes another couple before a leg bye and Ned Eckersley a single as Leicestershire reach halfway on a below-par 61-3.

  155. 'Pure theatre' from Trego

    Middlesex 89-3 v Somerset (10 overs)

    Eoin Morgan

    BBC London 94.9's Andrew Moon: "That's real frustration for Eoin Morgan. They decided to get after Max Waller but that was pure theatre. Peter Trego always looked like he was going to catch that but he almost overbalanced as he took that just inside the rope.

    "The extra weights and balance work he has been doing in the gym has paid off there."

  156. KEY WICKET Morgan c Trego b Waller, 7

    Middlesex 83-3 v Somerset (8.5 overs)

    It wasn't the return to Middlesex colours that Eoin Morgan - or most of the crowd at Uxbridge - hoped for as the England captain is caught off the bowling of Max Waller for just seven runs. He never really got going, it has to be said - an uncharacteristic innings from the in-form man.

  157. Adil Rashid strikes!

    Leicestershire 46-3 v Yorkshire (8 overs)

    Adil Rashid

    Adil Rashid takes just four balls to make an impact as he comes into the attack in the eighth over.

    After two singles from the first three balls, the England man takes the key wicket of New Zealand international Grant Elliott for just three with a brilliant caught and bowled.

    Just one more single from the over as Leicestershire continue to struggle to find the boundary - 46-3, with Eckersley still there on 18.

  158. Post update

    Middlesex 82-2 v Somerset (8.3 overs)

    While Eoin Morgan - now seven off 15 balls - continues to pot around, John Morgan smashes two sixes to move onto 28.

    And, some good news, the radio commentary is now working - so please do head up to the 'Live Coverage' tab to tune in.

  159. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    From BBC WM Sport 95.6: "1900 start now for @BearsT20 at Lancashire."

    Great news for those looking forward to a repeat of last season's final.

  160. Team news

    Gloucestershire v Sussex (18:00 BST)

    Gloucestershire have won the toss and will bat first in their delayed game against Sussex at Bristol.

    Home captain Michael Klinger is averaging 228.5 in the competition so far after hitting three centuries, but he still trails Chris Gayle, who left Somerset with an average of 328 from his three innings, in the rankings.

    Gloucestershire will leapfrog Sussex in the South Group with a win, but the visitors, who include Australia's George Bailey, know victory would give them some breathing space in the chase for the quarter finals.

    Gloucestershire: Klinger, Marshall, Handscomb, Cockbain, Howell, Jones (wkt), Taylor, Fuller, Smith, Miles, Noema-Barnett.

    Sussex: Nash, Wright, Bailey, Cachopa (wkt), Machan, Yardy, Finch, Beer, Robinson, Liddle, Mills.

  161. Slow start...

    Middlesex 67-2 v Somerset (7 overs)

    Middlesex have taken their foot off the gas after hitting the first few overs all over the park. Just five runs off the seventh over of the innings and Eoin Morgan, a man in such superb form for England, has a strike rate of just 30.00 so far. And that's not a typo...

  162. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    From OptaJim: "38 - Most @NatWestT20Blast sixes since start of 2014: @lukewright204 (38), @Stevo208 (31), @henrygayle (29), @ravibopara (28). Lofty."

  163. KEY WICKET Willey c Shantry b Ajmal 31

    Northants 53-2 (4.3 overs) v Worcestershire

    David Willey

    A massive top edge from David Willey sees his big-hitting come to an end. Having struck two further successive straight sixes, the England all-rounder is caught by Jack Shantry off Saeed Ajmal's bowling for a rapid 31 off 12 balls. It was fun while it lasted.

  164. News from Canterbury

    Northeast boost for Kent

    Sam Northeast

    South Group leaders Kent do not have a T20 Blast game this evening, but there is good news for batsman Sam Northeast, who has agreed what the club has described as a "long-term contract extension".

    Northeast has hit 520 T20 runs so far this season, with a stratospheric strike-rate of 162, to go with 672 runs in the County Championship.

    Read the full story here

  165. Post update

    Leicestershire 28-1 v Yorkshire (5 overs)

    Yorkshire strike an early blow when Matt Fisher has Foxes captain Mark Cosgrove caught by Jack Leaning in the covers for four in the second over.

    Kevin O'Brien sets his stall out immediately, hitting his first ball for four, but is then rather luckier to find the boundary as he thick edges Fisher through the slips for another four.

    But the Vikings bowlers are using the green pitch to good effect, producing 10 dot balls from their last 13 as Ned Eckersley and O' Brien guide the hosts to 28-1 after five.

  166. Morgan makes his entrance

    Middlesex 52-2 v Somerset (4.2 overs)

    It's the man many of the crowd in Uxbridge have been waiting to see: Eoin Morgan makes his way to the crease for Middlesex on a track which looks like a batsman's dream so far - albeit one which Tim Groenewald has managed to take two much-needed wickets on for Somerset.

    For those of you trying, without success, to listen to live radio commentary from Uxbridge, we're currently experience a technical issue - but hopefully we'll have it fixed as soon as possible.

  167. Post update

    Northants 41-1 v Worcs (3.2 overs)

    BBC Radio Northampton's Alex Winter: "David Willey is not looking good and has clearly got a problem with his left ankle. He looks in some pain."

    Willey has just hit Jack Shantry for two successive sixes but then appeared to collide with the bowler as he ran.

  168. The first wicket of the night!

    Northants 23-1 v Worcs

    A blistering start from Northants opener Richard Levi comes to an end. Having smashed 19 from 10 balls he is out in the third over, caught by Moeen Ali in the deep off the bowling off Jack Shantry.

  169. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    From Warwickshire CCC: "Closures of M6 has severely disrupted player travel plans; several players still travelling & will update when we can"

  170. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Flat Track Bully: Got Alex Hales as my #FantasyCricket captain this week. Notts Outlaws double-header should spell big runs. #bbccricket

    Nottinghamshire face Derbyshire from 19:00 BST.

  171. Stirling off to a flyer

    Middlesex 34-0 v Somerset (2 overs)

    Paul Stirling

    Who'd be a bowler? It's a question we're getting used to hearing and let's ask it again... Nick Compton and Paul Stirling go on the attack from the off, hitting the first over for 12 and the second for 22 - with four boundaries and two sixes flying off the bat so far.

  172. Post update

    Gloucestershire v Sussex (18:00 BST)

    As for our other early start, it sounds like play will get under way half an hour late in Bristol, with the covers off and the toss expected to take place in 10 minutes or so at 17:40 BST. All set fair for an 18:00 BST start...

  173. Go, go, go!

    It looks like we're now under way in three of our four 17:30 BST matches, so let the mayhem commence!

  174. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alex Hales

    So, there's some big guns in action this evening, with McCullum, Morgan, Hales et al donning county colours after playing in the recent one-day international series.

    But who you think is going to make the biggest mark on today's programme?

    Let us know using #bbccricket on Twitter.

  175. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    From OptaJim: "254 - The highest score in English domestic T20s was recorded at Uxbridge (254/3, by Gloucestershire in 2011). Feast. @SomersetCCC"

  176. Team news

    Middlesex v Somerset (17:30 BST)

    Fresh from leading England to victory over New Zealand in the Twenty20 international on Tuesday, Eoin Morgan is named in the Middlesex side to face Somerset, while spinner Ravi Patel comes back after a broken thumb.

    Somerset bring New Zealand star Luke Ronchi in for his debut, while Tim Groenwald comes into the bowling attack to replace Sohail Tanveer.

    Middlesex: Stirling, Compton, Simpson, Morgan, Franklin, Balbirnie, Higgins, Rayner, Abbott, Harris, Patel

    Somerset: Allenby, Myburgh, Trego, Hildreth, Cooper, Ronchi, Groenewald, Thomas, Waller, J Overton, Rehman

  177. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Gloucestershire v Sussex (17:30 BST)

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms on Twitter: Toss delayed at Bristol commentary from 5.30 on line @BBCSussexSport if the rain stops @SussexCCC #bbccricket

    County Ground
  178. Team News

    Worcestershire v Northants (17:30 BST)

    Group leaders Worcestershire are unchanged from the side that beat Lancashire Lightning and Derbyshire Falcons in their last two T20 Blast fixtures so England's Moeen Ali once again opens the batting.

    Northants also look strong up top, with opening pair David Willey and Richard Levi the men entrusted with setting up a win to propel them in to the top four.

    Worcestershire: Mitchell (capt), M Ali, Munro, D'Oliveira, Kohler-Cadmore, Whiteley, Cox, Barnard, Leach, Saeed Ajmal, Shantry.

    Northants: Levi, Willey, Cobb, Wakely (capt), Duckett, Crook, Rossington, Keogh, Kleinveldt, White, Azharullah

    Worcestershire have won the toss and opt to put Northants into bat - live commentary via the Live Coverage tab.

  179. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Old Trafford

    "View currently from the @bbctms box at Old Trafford... For #TMSt20 Being told it will clear soon..."

  180. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    From OptaJim: "5 - Andrew Gale has reached 50 in five of this last six T20 innings against Leicestershire. Force. @NatWestT20Blast @Yorkshireccc"

  181. Team news

    Leicestershire v Yorkshire (17:30 BST)