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Summary

  1. Brendon McCullum smashes 158 for Bears
  2. McCullum's score second best in T20 history
  3. The Kiwi's total also a new T20 Blast record
  4. Bears, Worcs, Lancs & Durham all seal wins
  5. Victories for Glos, Surrey, Glamorgan & Kent

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By Phil Cartwright, Amy Lofthouse, Josh Hunt, Jay Freeman and Matt Halfpenny

All times stated are UK

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  1. BIRMINGHAM BEAT DERBYSHIRE BY 60 RUNS

    McCullum fireworks light up Edgbaston

    Brendon McCullum

    Well, it was Brendon McCullum who stole the headlines on another action-packed Friday night in the T20 Blast.

    A stunning 69-ball 158 from the New Zealand captain helped holders Birmingham Bears to a 60-run win over Derbyshire.

    McCullum's frenetic innings, which included 13 fours and 11 sixes, is the biggest score made in English domestic T20 cricket.

    He was well supported by Varun Chopra (51) and Laurie Evans (16) as he sent the Derbyshire bowlers around the park.

    Derbyshire started aggressively in reply to the Bears' 242-2, with Hamish Rutherford (39) striking three sixes, but they were unable to come anywhere near Birmingham's mammoth score as they finished 182 all out.

  2. LANCASHIRE BEAT YORKSHIRE BY 29 RUNS

    Lancs set new record in Roses win

    Karl Brown

    Lancashire made it a Roses double over Yorkshire, winnings a high-scoring contest at Old Trafford by 29 runs.

    Without Australia all-rounder James Faulkner because of a disciplinary issue, Lancashire posted their highest total in T20 cricket.

    Ashwell Prince and Karl Brown both hit fifties in a mammoth score of 231-4.

    In reply, Stephen Parry dismissed danger men Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell in the same over, and despite a late half-century from Tim Bresnan, the home side secured a comfortable win to boost their chances of qualification.

  3. SURREY BEAT MIDDLESEX BY EIGHT WICKETS

    Ansari and Sangakkara display aids Surrey victory

    Kumar Sangakkara

    Surrey powered to an eight-wicket victory against Middlesex thanks to a fine display with bat and ball at The Oval.

    Despite Dawid Malan reaching 40, including three fours and a six, Zafar Ansari (3-17) led Surrey's bowling charge as Middlesex slumped to 105-9.

    Despite losing openers Tom Curran (16) and Jason Roy (21) within the first six overs, Surrey made easy work of their chase.

    Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara (40 not out) and Gary Wilson shared an unbeaten third-wicket 69-run partnership as they coasted to victory.

  4. GLAMORGAN BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY 23 RUNS

    Rudolph the star in Welsh side's success

    Jacques Rudolph

    Jacques Rudolph excelled with bat and ball as Glamorgan won by 23 runs at Hampshire.

    Rudolph struck 77 from 45 balls, an innings that included 13 fours, in Glamorgan's total of 181-7.

    Hampshire looked well set to chase down that target with Michael Carberry at the crease, but the home side's chances of victory seemed to disappear once he departed for 70 off 46 balls.

    Rudolph claimed 2-8 from his two overs as Hampshire fell 23 runs short, ending on 158-6.

  5. KENT BEAT SUSSEX BY SEVEN WICKETS

    Blake brings home comfortable Kent win

    Mitchell Claydon and Alex Blake prospered as Kent easily overcame a below-par Sussex at Hove.

    Asked to bat first, Sussex could only muster 136-8 from their 20 overs, with their last four batsman all falling for single figures.

    Kent's reply got off to a wobbly start when Daniel Bell-Drummond (4) fell in the first over.

    However, some composed hitting from Blake (52) and Sam Billings (39) guided Kent home with 34 balls to spare, finishing on 137-3.

  6. WORCESTERSHIRE BEAT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BY 20 RUNS

    Hales dismissal sparks Nottinghamshire collapse

    Alex Hales made an explosive start, but couldn't fire Nottinghamshire to victory over Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.

    Tom Kohler-Cadmore led the way for the visitors with the bat, striking a career-best 75 from 39 balls as the Rapids set Nottinghamshire 174 to win.

    England batsman Hales raced to 47 from 29 deliveries, but his dismissal, caught attempting to heave Daryl Mitchell for his fourth six, shifted the momentum back towards Worcestershire.

    Australia all-rounder Dan Christian struck a quick-fire 20, but it wasn't enough to prevent the hosts from slumping to their fifth loss in six games in the T20 Blast.

  7. DURHAM BEAT LEICESTERSHIRE BY 38 RUNS

    Stoneman stars in Durham victory

    BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Chester-le-Street:

    It turned out to be a comfortable night for Durham as they defended their total of 163-5 with ease.

    Mark Stoneman starred with the bat with a career-best 89 not out in a partnership of 65 with Usman Arshad, who made 28. Arshad (3-18) then took three wickets for the first time in a T20 match, while team-mate John Hastings got three as well.

    Leicestershire were poor in the field and with the bat. Ben Raine went for 56 runs in four overs without taking a wicket, the joint-third worst figures in the competition's history, while Stoneman was dropped three times.

    And the Foxes just never got going with the bat as they were stifled by some very good Durham bowling, backed up by tight fielding.

  8. GLOUCESTERSHIRE BEAT SOMERSET BY EIGHT WICKETS

    Marshall and Klinger set up comfortable derby win

    Hamish Marshall

    Gloucestershire eased to an eight-wicket win over local rivals Somerset at Taunton.

    A 156-run stand between openers Hamish Marshall (93) and captain Michael Klinger (58) helped the visitors cruise to victory as they reached their target of 175 with four balls to spare.

    Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh made a fast start to Somerset's innings but the momentum was lost when they both departed.

    Some late hitting from Luke Ronchi and Tom Cooper got the home side to a respectable 174-6, but their total was overhauled fairly easily as Gloucestershire pair Marshall and Klinger made light work of the run chase.

  9. Post update

    What an evening of T20 Blast action! Have you caught your breath yet?

    By our reckoning, it's time we took you all through a wee recap of everything that's gone before during the last four hours or so...

  10. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris on Twitter: Brendon McCullum!!!!!! #blockingit

    Styris wasn't exactly shy with bat in hand, of course, having once struck the equal third-fastest century in T20 cricket against Gloucestershire back in 2012.

  11. Match reaction

    Durham beat Leicestershire by 38 runs

    Leicestershire captain Grant Elliott:

    "Our out-cricket was not up to our usual standards. A couple of catches went down which we would normally expect to take and we let them get 15-20 too many.

    "We tried to keep going to the end for run-rate purposes."

  12. Magic McCullum

    Birmingham beat Derbyshire by 60 runs

    BBC WM 95.6's Richard Wilford: "None of us have seen anything like that before. It was the sort of thing you expect to see in a computer game. It was one of the most extraordinary T20 innings that's ever been played in the world.

    "The atmosphere was reminiscent to one of those semi-finals you used to get in knockout competitions. The fact you saw it in a group game was really exciting."

  13. Match reaction

    Durham beat Leicestershire by 38 runs

    Mark Stoneman

    Durham captain Mark Stoneman:

    "I felt we were about 15 ahead of a challenging score. It was a tough night for Ben Raine, he's been the hero one week and the villain the next, but that's T20 cricket. It turns round very quickly."

  14. Match reaction

    Gloucestershire beat Somerset by eight wickets

    Gloucestershire batsman Hamish Marshall:

    "It's always nice to get runs in a local derby. As usual it was a pretty good pitch at Taunton and it turned out to be our day.

    "If you get in and play good cricket strokes you get value for your shots here because the outfield is so quick. Somerset tried to get us out with slower deliveries, but we threw our hands at the ball and it came out of the middle.

    "Michael Klinger is such a professional to bat with and it was another great knock from a quality player, who is having a brilliant summer."

  15. Post update

    Gloucestershire beat Somerset by eight wickets

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton: "Dust settling here in Taunton as the Somerset players keep their young fans happy with an autograph session. A bizarre sight overhead, with around 100 seagulls circling the pitch, looking for scraps. I'm sure there's a metaphor in there somewhere."

    Somerset players
  16. Match reaction

    Worcestershire beat Nottinghamshire by 20 runs

    Nottinghamshire assistant coach Wayne Noon told BBC Radio Nottingham:

    "After Alex Hales was out the momentum shifted back to them and all of a sudden the pitch looked like it was hard to score on.

    "At halfway everyone was happy in the dressing room and we dragged it back nicely from what was looking like a 200 score at one stage.

    "But we let the rate get too high too quickly, which happened the other night against Derbyshire.

    "With Peter Moores coming in now, we'll get some fresh eyes. It's disappointing, we have a very strong side on paper and it's not happening."

  17. BreakingGlamorgan beat Hampshire by 23 runs

    Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 158-6 (20 overs)

    Jacques Rudolph

    And that's that - a win for Glamorgan to wrap up the evening's action.

    Captain Jacques Rudolph was the Welsh side's key man, with bat and ball, as they beat Hampshire by 23 runs at the Ageas Bowl.

    The South African made 77 in his team's total of 181-7, with Craig Meschede's late cameo proving crucial.

    Rudolph then took 2-8 and also the catch that dismissed the dangerous Michael Carberry, who hit a blistering 70 for the hosts.

  18. Post update

    Sussex 136-8 v Kent 137-3 (14.2 overs)

    BBC Sussex's John Lees: "It was a pretty convincing victory for Kent, with 34 balls to spare, and they were much the better side. If you're put in you have to make a good score, and 136 by Sussex was simply not enough."

  19. And then there was one...

    Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 148-6 (19 overs)

    So we're down to our last game of the evening. Hampshire need 34 off the final over. Are we in for a grandstand finish?

  20. BreakingKent beat Sussex by seven wickets

    Sussex 136-8 v Kent 137-3 (14.2 overs)

    It's game over in what turned out to be a fairly sedate seaside clash at Hove, as Kent win by seven wickets.

    Sussex's batting never really fired and once Luke Wright went the team seemed to go with him.

    Despite Kent's early wobble, Sam Billings and Alex Blake were excellent. Billings struck a huge six and a four from the penultimate Chris Liddle over, before Blake registered 50 from just 29 balls.

    Kent replace Sussex at the top of the South Group.

  21. Match reaction

    Gloucestershire beat Somerset by eight wickets

    Somerset director of cricket Matt Maynard:

    "I thought our batting was pretty good on a dry pitch and we were satisfied with a score of 174.

    "We then had the game taken away from us by two quality batsmen and I would prefer to praise them than be critical of our bowlers.

    "If there was an area of concern it was that Gloucestershire out-fielded us and we need to work on that."

  22. Post update

    Sussex 136-8 v Kent 128-3 (12.4 overs)

    BBC county cricket broadcaster Lizzy Ammon: "It is looking like it's going to be a canter home for Kent, especially after Sam Billings has just launched that six towards the hospitality area. It might only be an over or so more before they get home."

  23. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sussex on Twitter: We'll take this opportunity to remind everyone that it is an offence to enter the playing area when play is in progress. Clothed or not...

    Wise words indeed...

  24. Post update

    Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 125-5 (14 overs)

    Michael Carberry

    BBC Sport's Adam Williams at the Ageas Bowl: "Michael Carberry's classy knock is over and have Hampshire's hopes gone with it?

    "The former England opener struck 70 off 36 balls but it was Glamorgan captain Jacques Rudolph who ended his onslaught with a catch on the boundary."

    And the Hampshire slide has continued, as Will Smith falls for two, meaning the hosts require 56 runs with five wickets and 24 balls remaining.

  25. Post update

    Sussex 136-8 v Kent 113-3 (12 overs)

    There's a break in play at Hove as a streaker takes to the pitch and swan dives into the stumps. Not particularly pleasant viewing - spare a thought for the poor stewards who have to chase him.

    Kent have ticked along nicely without losing any further wickets. They need just 24 more runs, with Alex Blake having made an excellent 42 from 23 balls.

  26. BreakingWorcestershire beat Nottinghamshire by 20 runs

    Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 153-9 (20 overs)

    Nottinghamshire won't be entirely sure how they've lost this one, but it's Worcestershire who take home the two points from Trent Bridge.

    Alex Hales looked to be firing the Outlaws to victory, but his dismissal turned the match on its head as Worcestershire cruised to a 20-run victory.

    Daryl Mitchell was the pick of the Rapids bowlers, the captain conceding only 18 runs from his four overs and getting the vital wicket of Hales in the process.

  27. WICKET

    Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 117-4 (14 overs)

    Just when he looked like guiding Hampshire to victory, Michael Carberry is out for 70 and the hosts need 65 to win with six overs left.

    A close finish on the cards at the Ageas Bowl.

  28. What you might've missed...

    Brendon McCullum

    Surely, if you weren't with us at the time, you'll have heard about it by now?

    Earlier on, Brendon McCullum struck an unbeaten 158 to guide Birmingham Bears to victory over Derbyshire at Edgbaston - the second highest score in T20 history.

    The New Zealand captain brought his hundred up off 42 balls and carried his bat as Warwickshire made 242-4.

    If you'd like to read more about it click here.

  29. BreakingBirmingham beat Derbyshire by 60 runs

    Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire 182-9 (20 overs)

    A brave effort from Derbyshire - but after that sensational innings from Brendon McCullum, they were always up against it.

    Every batsman came out and had a go, which was pleasing for the crowd - Hamish Rutherford got off to a flyer but Birmingham held their nerve well.

    Tonight, however, belongs to McCullum. One of the most remarkable displays of T20 hitting you're likely to see.

  30. BreakingLancashire beat Yorkshire by 29 runs

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 202-8 (20 overs)

    A night to remember for Lancashire, as they complete a Roses double over Yorkshire.

    Their 29-run win was set up by a mammoth total of 231-4 - Lancashire's highest in T20 cricket. Not a bad effort after losing the toss and being put into bat.

    Aaron Finch and Andrew Gale started well in reply, but a stunning spell of bowling from Stephen Parry swung the match firmly in Lancashire's favour.

  31. Bresnan hits 50

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 194-8 (19.2 overs)

    A defiant 51 from Tim Bresnan off 24 balls, his first fifty in T20 cricket, but it's in a losing cause for Yorkshire. Ashwell Prince takes a superb catch on the boundary and Lancashire are close to victory.

  32. Post update

    Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 147-8 (19 overs)

    Riki Wessels

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Paul Johnson: "Notts have made a bit of a mess of this. From about over eight they wasted deliveries to score and two sets of two wickets, back-to-back, did not help them. But the dismissals of Alex Hales and Riki Wessels when they looked set has been the key."

  33. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 173-7 (18 overs)

    Tim Bresnan hasn't given up on victory. Either that, or he's just having a bit of fun. He hits two big sixes and four in three balls off Steven Croft. Just the 59 runs needed off the last two overs for Yorkshire.

  34. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 153-7 (17 overs)

    It's a similar scenario for Yorkshire at Old Trafford - they need 79 to win from the last three overs.

  35. The Bears on the brink

    Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire 157-8 (16 overs)

    It's falling away rather quickly now for Derbyshire as Will Porterfield takes a steepling catch to dismiss Shiv Thakor for three.

    Tom Knight is next to go, trapped on the crease by Jeetan Patel for 22, and Derbyshire need 86 runs from 24 balls. I don't think even Brendon McCullum could do that.

  36. Post update

    Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 124-6 (16.5 overs)

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Paul Johnson: "There is a mass exodus after Steven Mullaney's wicket. A lot of the crowd think it is all over already and are heading for the car park."

  37. Post update

    Sussex 136-8 v Kent 59-3 (7 overs)

    There's been a quick clatter of wickets at Hove, as Kent stumble in their relatively simple chase.

    Sam Northeast falls to a fine catch by George Bailey as he tried to cut Ollie Robinson through the covers, before Fabian Cowdrey is caught by Michael Beer.

    There's some resistance from Sam Billings, however, as he thrashes Chris Liddle for consecutive boundaries.

  38. WICKETS

    Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 118-5 (16 overs)

    Saeed Ajmal

    Nottinghamshire's powerplay fireworks feel a very long time ago, as the run rate has climbed to nearly 14 an over.

    Australian all-rounder Dan Christian tries to fight back as he strikes two much-needed boundaries off Worcestershire spinner Brett D'Oliveira.

    But Samit Patel is caught off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal, before the Pakistan spinner bowls Christian with the very next ball to leave the Outlaws in deep trouble.

  39. BreakingSurrey beat Middlesex by eight wickets

    Middlesex 105-9 v Surrey 106-2 (14.4 overs)

    Surrey powered to an eight-wicket win against Middlesex, thanks to a fine bowling display from Zafar Ansari and an unbeaten partnership between Kumar Sangakkara and Gary Wilson.

    Ansari took three wickets as Middlesex collapsed, losing England one-day captain Eoin Morgan for just eight runs as they limped to 105-9.

    Surrey, by contrast, stormed their innings, including a superb 13th over, with 21 runs scored and 17 contributed by Sangakkara.

    Sangakkara (40 not out) and Gary Wilson combined with a 69-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership to help the hosts to victory at The Oval.

  40. WICKET

    Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 70-1 (8 overs)

    BBC Sport's Adam Williams at the Ageas Bowl: "Just as Michael Carberry and James Vince looked like they could bat all night untroubled, Vince goes to a relatively soft dismissal.

    "The Hampshire captain attempted to loft Andrew Salter over the rope but only found Dean Cosker in the deep and falls for 28. Hampshire still well set, though."

  41. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 122-6 (14 overs)

    Lancashire's spinners are doing the damage here. Arron Lilley gets in on the act, dismissing Jack Leaning, who is caught at long-on by Steven Croft.

    Yorkshire may well be regretting their decision to stick Lancashire in after winning the toss.

    However, in an interview with Sky Sports, Lancashire's director of cricket Ashley Giles has just admitted his side would have done the same!

  42. Post update

    Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire 147-6 (14 overs)

    Credit to Derbyshire, who have come out all guns blazing and had a real go at chasing Birmingham's mammoth total.

    Scott Elstone has been the latest batsman to fall but not after launching Josh Poysden for two sublime sixes. He is well caught on the boundary by Laurie Evans trying to repeat the shot, before Tom Knight slashes his first ball for six.

  43. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 102-5 (11.2 overs)

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC 5 live sports extra

    "The end of Bairstow is possibly the end of Yorkshire's chances in this Roses match. The Lancashire crowd go bananas."

    It looks like Charles certainly reckons that's that for the visitors!

  44. Post update

    Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire 47-0 (5 overs)

    Michael Carberry and James Vince have given Hampshire a flying start as they chase 182 to beat Glamorgan. Carberry has hit five fours and a six in his 36 off 20 balls.

  45. Bairstow goes!

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 102-5 (11.2 overs)

    Jonny Bairstow

    Another huge six over long-on from Jonny Bairstow, but he's bowled by wily Lancashire skipper Steven Croft with the very next ball. That one was a little quicker and beat Bairstow for pace as he tried to steer it away on the off side.

    As the England wicketkeeper goes for 26 off 16 balls, have Yorkshire's hopes gone with him?

  46. Post update

    Sussex 136-8 v Kent 15-1 (2 overs)

    Not the greatest start for Kent as Daniel Bell-Drummond falls in the first over of their chase. He tries to slog Oliver Robinson out of the ground but can only find Matt Machan in the deep.

  47. WICKETS

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 91-4 (10.2 overs)

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    BBC 5 live sports extra

    "Andrew Gale didn't get his bat down in that run out. Gale had the momentum going and looked like he was going to bat through the innings. Those are moments that can change the game and he'll be disappointed with his running there."

    Andrew Hodd is out for a duck now. Stephen Parry has 3-17 off 2.2 overs. Yorkshire in real trouble.

  48. Post update

    Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire 105-5 (11.2 overs)

    It's going to be an uphill struggle for Derbyshire now as they lose three quick wickets.

    Chesney Hughes is the first to go, caught slogging William Porterfield into the deep, before the dangerous Wes Durston is stumped. Josh Poysden has bowled very well, recovering from being slapped for a big six to dismiss Durston.

    Wayne Madsen is then bowled trying to reverse sweep, before Tom Poynton hits a huge six and is then caught out. This game is quickly slipping away from Derbyshire.

  49. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 91-3 (9.4 overs)

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC 5 live sports extra

    Stephen Parry

    "Stephen Parry is not to be ignored by those in the corridors of power. He's played Big Bash cricket for Brisbane, so has plenty of experience, and he's played for England before. He's got the two big wickets of the Australians in his first over in this one too."

    And Andrew Gale has just been run out for 35 to leave Lancashire in decent shape at Old Trafford.

  50. Post update

    Nottinghamshire 78-2 (9.2 overs) v Worcestershire 173

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Paul Johnson: "It's part frustration and part ego to try to hoist it out the ground. There's a lack of pace, but again Daryl Mitchell's quite clever and Alex Hales hasn't got hold of that and he's come up two or three yards short."

  51. Hales goes!

    Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 81-2 (10 overs)

    Having made a blistering start, Alex Hales is caught out for 47 attempting to heave Daryl Mitchell for another six.

    It's a potential lifeline for Worcestershire, but Nottinghamshire still look firmly in control at Trent Bridge.

  52. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 88-2 (9 overs)

    Jonny Bairstow has gone big. Very big. He's smashed Stephen Parry into a window of The Point - the huge red hospitality building at Old Trafford.

    Let me tell you, that building is absolutely miles away from the square.

  53. Post update

    Surrey 47-2 v Middlesex 105-9 (7 overs)

    After a good start Surrey have lost two quick wickets - Tom Curran was clean-bowled by Harry Podmore for 16, before Jason Roy fell for 21 just three balls later.

    The Brown Caps are taking this chase cautiously. They are only chasing 106 but they're not rushing to end the game. It's all rather sedate, actually.

  54. WICKETS

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 67-2 (7 overs)

    Glenn Maxwell

    Big wickets for Lancashire. Much needed, too. Spinner Stephen Parry strikes twice as dangerous duo Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell both fall in the same over.

    Finch lofts a drive straight to Arron Lilley at long-off and the Australian goes for 33 off 19 balls, and then Maxwell edges behind for a single.

    Advantage Lancashire, but in-form Jonny Bairstow is the next man in and he may have something to say about that.

  55. Post update

    Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 65-1 (7 overs)

    Nottinghamshire look comfortable with Alex Hales and Riki Wessels at the crease.

    Despite losing opener Michael Lumb early on, Worcestershire just haven't troubled them much. Hales has taken full advantage of Worcestershire's bowlers as he rockets two sixes and a four in a fantastic seventh over.

  56. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 63-0 (6 overs)

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    BBC 5 live sports extra

    "I think 230 plus is a very good score - but this is a good wicket, so you can't rule Yorkshire out. If it sits up, it's going."

    In fact, it would be a record run chase for Yorkshire, so it would be sweet for them to get home against their Roses rivals. Although, it would help the White Rose county's cause if Aaron Finch doesn't run himself out, as he nearly just did a few moments ago.

  57. WICKET

    Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire 61-1 (5 overs)

    Hamish Rutherford's excellent innings has come to an end as he presses forward and is clean bowled by Ateeq Javid.

    If Derbyshire somehow manage to chase this massive total down then Rutherford has given them the ideal start. He struck four boundaries and three sixes in his 21-ball innings. Enter Chesney Hughes...

  58. BreakingDurham beat Leicestershire by 38 runs

    Durham 163-5 v Leicestershire 125 (19.5 overs)

    John Hastings

    Durham complete a comfortable win as Leicestershire's Jigar Naik is the last man out at Chester-le-Street.

    John Hastings and Usman Arshad finish with three wickets apiece for the Jets, who move back into the top four in the North Group as it stands.

    The Foxes' run chase never really got going, as only Tom Wells (27) made more than 20 for the visitors.

  59. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 57-0 (5.3 overs)

    Andrew Gale is dropped at short third man by Stephen Parry, who was awarded his county cap by Lancashire before the match. It's one he would expect to take.

    Disappointment for Lancashire, and even more follows when Aaron Finch just makes it home after dashing for a second run.

  60. Interval

    Glamorgan 181-7 v Hampshire (20 overs)

    BBC Sport's Adam Williams at the Ageas Bowl: "A very commendable effort from Glamorgan, who finish on 181-7 having been only 76-3 at the halfway point.

    "Jacques Rudolph showed off all the shots in his bag with 77, before Craig Meschede added some lusty blows down the ground late on to add 35.

    "Hampshire will have to battle hard to chase this down."

  61. Post update

    Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire 53-0 (5 overs)

    Well, this could be interesting. Recordo Gordon's first over has flown away for 21 runs, including three sixes, as Hamish Rutherford follows the lead of his fellow countryman, Brendon McCullum.

    Wes Durston has also joined in, slashing Oliver Hannon-Dalby through the off-side to bring up 50 for Derbyshire. They've brought it up inside five overs, just one ball slower than Birmingham managed. They are, amazingly, not a million miles from the required run rate.

    The ground staff are however hovering by the covers - rain may be on the way...

  62. BreakingGloucestershire beat Somerset by eight wickets

    Somerset 174-6 v Gloucestershire 178-2 (19.2 overs)

    Michael Klinger

    Gloucestershire seal an eight-wicket win over Somerset, making light work of their run chase at Taunton.

    Some late hitting from Luke Ronchi and Tom Cooper got the hosts up to 174-6 from their 20 overs.

    But opening pair Hamish Marshall (93) and Michael Klinger (58) were superb in reply, putting on 156 for the first wicket as the visitors made it home with four balls to spare.

    So, Gloucestershire win the West Country derby and move above local rivals Somerset in the South Group table.

  63. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 42-0 (4 over)

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    BBC 5 live sports extra

    "A big feature of the Lancashire innings was how many twos they ran. We know there are boundaries and singles in T20, but twos are important - and Yorkshire will need to do the same to chase down this total."

    All that said, if that last six over cow corner by Andrew Gale is anything to go by, perhaps Yorkshire's best plan of attack is boundaries...

  64. Post update

    Sussex 136-8 v Kent (20 overs)

    A fine final over from Mitchell Claydon ends with the wicket of Michael Yardy for nine and Sussex are restricted to a below-par 136-8 at Hove.

    Their innings never really got going. Luke Wright falling early will have knocked them and although there were a few cameos, no player could stay in and provide the power required at the death.

  65. Post update

    Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 16-0 (2 overs)

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Paul Johnson: "It's been an excellent over for Notts but if you're going to bowl short, get your square leg in place, otherwise it's just stupid cricket. All the good work done so far has been undone by Joe Leach."

  66. Hales hits back

    Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire 16-0 (2 overs)

    Alex Hales

    Alex Hales is a man out of form for Nottinghamshire, with just one run from his last two innings.

    The England batsman can only manage a single leg bye from his first two deliveries, but he comes to life in the second over, slashing Worcestershire seamer Joe Leach for successive boundaries. A towering six moves the Outlaws to 16 without loss.

  67. Post update

    Derbyshire 18-0 v Birmingham (2 overs, target 243)

    Hamish Rutherford has decided the Brendon McCullum route is a good one. The first two balls of the innings are flayed either side of the wicket for four.

    Oliver Hannon-Dalby's second ball is then launched for six but he comes back well, with just seven from the over. Derbyshire basically need someone to stand there and whack it as hard as they can if they have any hope of chasing this down.

  68. Record breaker McCullum

    Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire (20 overs)

    Brendon McCullum

    Yet another stat from that amazing Brendon McCullum innings!

    Tonight's 158 is the second highest score in T20 cricket and matches the total that McCullum himself hit in 2008 for Kolkata Knight Riders.

  69. WICKET

    Somerset 174-6 v Gloucestershire 156-1 (16.3 overs)

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton: "Some respite for Somerset here, with Hamish Marshall caught seven short of a century. It should matter little though, with Gloucestershire cruising towards victory."

  70. Post update

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire 2-0 (1 over)

    Yorkshire really up against it at Old Trafford. Kyle Jarvis's first over goes for just two runs. The visitors need some McCullum-like fireworks from Aaron Finch here.

  71. Post update

    Sussex 111-6 v Kent (17 overs)

    That might be Sussex's best over of the innings as Harry Finch hits two boundaries to take 11 from Ivan Thomas.

    Kent have bowled very well down at Hove - all of their bowlers have chipped in but returning spinner James Tredwell will be please with his return of 4-0-21-2.

  72. Post update

    Durham 163-5 v Leicestershire 99-6 (15 overs)

    Surely no way back for Leicestershire now at Chester-le-Street?

    Niall O'Brien is the latest man to fall, caught by Keaton Jennings at deep mid-wicket off the leg-spin of Scott Borthwick.

    The run rate is up to 13 an over.

  73. Sangakkara 'at peace' with Test decision

    Kumar Sangakkara

    Speaking of Kumar Sangakkara, after more than 100 appearances and over 12,000 runs, the Sri Lanka batsman will end his Test career later this summer.

    The 37-year-old left-hander says he is "at peace" with his decision to retire from the Test arena, even though he feels he could perform at the very top level for a little while longer.

    Read more of Sangakkara's interview with BBC Sport here.

  74. Interval

    Middlesex 105-9 v Surrey (20 overs)

    Middlesex will be glad their innings is all over. They have posted 105-9 from their 20 overs and the appreciative crowd at The Oval applauds Surrey off the field.

    The highlight of their bowling line-up has to be Zafar Ansari, continuing his fine season in the T20 Blast, with three wickets from his four overs which he took with aplomb.

    It's fair to say Surrey don't have much of a chase on their hands and surely Kumar Sangakkara must be champing at the bit to get to the crease.

  75. Post update

    Somerset 174-6 v Gloucestershire 147-0 (15 overs)

    Hamish Marshall onto 90 for Gloucestershire. Another Kiwi on the way to a century this evening?

  76. Interval

    Worcestershire 173 v Nottinghamshire (19.3 overs)

    Harry Gurney

    Worcestershire set Nottinghamshire a challenging target at Trent Bridge, but it ought to have been far higher.

    From 163-5 in the 18th over, the Rapids slump to 173 all out thanks in part to three wickets for seamer Harry Gurney.

  77. Post update

    Sussex 86-5 v Kent (13.2 overs)

    Sussex are in a bit of bother against Kent, with Australia's T20 captain George Bailey stumped rather carelessly off a leg-side wide for just two.

    And the evergreen Darren Stevens is prospering again as he has Matt Machan caught in the deep by Alex Blake.

  78. Post update

    Middlesex 101-8 v Surrey (19 overs)

    Middlesex just don't have much luck in T20 cricket, do they? The second-worst side in English domestic T20 cricket have collapsed, losing six wickets from three overs, including Eoin Morgan. They have, at least, somehow stumbled their way past the 100-run barrier with a whimper.

  79. Brendon McCullum - 158 not out!

    Birmingham 242-2 v Derbyshire (20 overs)

    Brendon McCullum

    The sounds of "oh, Brendon McCullum" echo around the ground as the final over takes place.

    Wayne White has been tasked with the unenviable task of bowling at the death. William Porterfield smashes his first ball for six, before a quick single gets McCullum back on strike.

    A misfield takes him to 152, and a Dilshan-scoop for four takes him to the highest score in our domestic T20 competition. He's finished 158 not out, with 13 boundaries and 11 sixes. That is beyond remarkable.

    Still, good luck Derbyshire!

  80. Post update

    Somerset 174-6 v Gloucestershire 121-0 (13 overs)

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton:

    "Abdur Rehman drops Gloucestershire's Michael Klinger, who also brings up his 50, and with that probably goes any chance Somerset had of winning this game."

  81. Interval

    Lancashire 231-4 v Yorkshire (20 overs)

    Fifties from Ashwell Prince and Karl Brown have put Lancashire in a commanding position at Old Trafford.

    It's Lancashire's highest ever T20 total - they hit 10 sixes and 19 fours in their 20 overs.

    Yorkshire will need the best of Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Jonny Bairstow et al to chase down this score, albeit on a wonderful batting track.

  82. Marshall reaches 50

    Somerset 174-6 v Gloucestershire 116-0 (12 overs)

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton: "'Easy, easy, easy' chant the Gloucestershire travelling support and who can blame them? Hamish Marshall brings up the 100 and passes 50. They're coasting here."

  83. Post update

    Leicestershire 58-4 v Durham 163-5 (10 overs)

    Leicestershire are going to have to find an extra gear quickly if they are to have any chance of beating Durham.

    Grant Elliott tries his best to up the run rate, but instead he sees his batting partner Ben Raine run out by Mark Stoneman for 19 going for a quick single.

    The Foxes haven't found the boundary in more than five overs.

  84. Post update

    Birmingham 227-2 v Derbyshire (19 overs)

    BBC Radio Derby commentator and former New Zealand seamer Iain O'Brien: "I had a quick chat with B-Mac earlier. His lad arrives tomorrow - and when he meets his dad at the airport tomorrow, he's now old enough to know exactly what his dad has done."

  85. Post update

    Birmingham 227-2 v Derbyshire (19 overs)

    A really good last over from Shiv Thakor restricts Birmingham slightly, but Brendon McCullum is still there.

    William Porterfield, judging the mood of the crowd remarkably well, takes a single from the first ball to get McCullum back on strike. The second and fourth deliveries go flying to the boundary.

    A scooped four leaves McCullum on 150 with one over left. Luke Wright's record of 153, in the English domestic T20 competition, is about to be overtaken...

  86. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Birmingham 205-2 v Derbyshire (17.1 overs)

    Brendon McCullum

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport on Twitter: McCullum's is first T20 century by a @CricketingBears player and first by anyone at Edgbaston since 2003 #bbccricket

    Brendon McCullum has just lost another partner, however, as Laurie Evans is bowled by Shiv Thakor for 16.

    The New Zealand captain is onto 134, with 11 sixes.

  87. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Glamorgan 65-2 v Hampshire (8 overs)

    BBC Sport's Adam Williams at the Ageas Bowl on Twitter: Jackson Bird takes a one-handed screamer at mid-off to dismiss Ben Wright for 12 off Arafat. @GlamCricket 65-2 off 8.

    The experienced Jacques Rudolph remains at the crease for Glamorgan - he's 37 not out and key to the Welsh side's hopes of a good score.

  88. Post update

    Middlesex 80-6 v Surrey (14 overs)

    BBC Radio London 94.9's Johnny Barran: "We've just had another bad over for Middlesex and, although I know they average 175 with the bat this year, when they're good with the bat they're very good - but when they are not good with the bat, they are too reliant on the top order."

  89. Post update

    Birmingham 191-1 v Derbyshire (16 overs)

    Entering into the final five overs at Edgbaston, and things had quietened down - as quiet as they're going to get with Brendon McCullum at the crease.

    Scott Elstone has been brought into the attack for the first time, and McCullum welcomes him by smashing him straight down the ground into the sightscreen. It then gets stuck and some poor minion has to go retrieve it.

    Elstone's second ball is cut for four, but the rest of the over is gently knocked around for singles. Just the 13 from that over then...

  90. Post update

    Somerset 174-6 v Gloucestershire 66-0 (7 overs)

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton:

    "Gloucestershire duo Hamish Marshall and Michael Klinger fancy it out there this evening and they're making light work of Somerset's total. The hosts need to break this opening partnership, and quick."

  91. Post update

    Durham 163-5 v Leicestershire 35-2 (6 overs)

    Usman Arshad

    Leicestershire have made a poor start as they attempt to chase 164 to win at Durham.

    Jets seamer Usman Arshad picked up two wickets in two balls to reduce the visitors to 16-2, while John Hastings has conceded a miserly six runs from his first two overs.

  92. Post update

    Lancashire 183-3 v Yorkshire (16 overs)

    Karl Brown may have departed for 69 off 35 balls but Alex Davies and Steven Croft have continued Lancashire's momentum. Four overs to go.

  93. Post update

    Sussex 48-2 v Kent (6 overs)

    What with the scenes at Edgbaston, everything else seems rather sedate, as Sussex tick along at eight runs an over.

    They've lost Chris Nash, caught by Matt Coles at fine leg for 10, but Matt Machan looks in good touch. He's currently on 21 from 11 deliveries.

  94. WICKET

    Worcestershire 120-3 v Nottinghamshire (13 overs)

    Nottinghamshire have the crucial wicket of Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who is out for a brilliant 75.

    The 20-year-old hit five sixes in his 43-ball knock, but couldn't clear Samit Patel on the boundary attempting to add another maximum from the bowling of Dan Christian.

  95. WICKET

    Middlesex 70-3 v Surrey (11.3 overs)

    Eoin Morgan

    Eoin Morgan is out for just eight runs and what a way to go! Zafar Ansari defiantly bowls him with some gusto, knocking a stump out of the ground to send the England one-day captain on his way back to the pavilion at The Oval.

  96. Post update

    Birmingham 160-1 v Derbyshire (13.2 overs)

    BBC Radio Derby commentator and former New Zealand seamer Iain O'Brien: "Brendon McCullum goes to three figures with a six onto the roof of the Hollies Stand and everyone is on their feat applauding an explosive, destructive hundred.

    "And there's still more than seven overs left. If you're tuning in for the first time, it's not always like this."

  97. Brown hits 27 in one over

    Lancashire 154-2 v Yorkshire (13 overs)

    Much like Brendon McCullum, Karl Brown is teeing off at Old Trafford. He's gets to 50 with three successive sixes of Rich Pyrah, and hits 27 off the over.

    Lancashire are heading towards a mammoth total here.

  98. Century for McCullum

    Birmingham 160-1 v Derbyshire (13.2 overs)

    Unbelievable. From just 42 deliveries, with eight boundaries and eight sixes, Brendon McCullum has reached his century.

    He's reached it in style, launching poor Alex Hughes for another six - incidentally, his figures of 4-0-45-0 look relatively economical compared to the other bowlers - but what an innings. His shots have gone flying all around the ground.

    Birmingham still have six overs left - Varun Chopra may have just departed for an excellent 51, but as long as McCullum is there, Derbyshire will be nervous.

  99. Post update

    Birmingham 150-0 v Derbyshire (12.2 overs)

    Brendon McCullum has reached 90 from 38 balls. He's given poor Chesney Hughes what can only be described as a mauling, taking 16 runs from his first over.

    He then promptly swats Alex Hughes for a huge six to become the first Birmingham player to pass 90. Amazing hitting.

  100. Post update

    Somerset 174-6 v Gloucestershire 33-0 (3.3 overs)

    Michael Klinger

    Michael Klinger, the competition's joint leading run-scorer, hits three consecutive fours off Jamie Overton as Gloucestershire - chasing 175 to win - make a solid start at Taunton.

  101. Post update

    Sussex 26-1 v Kent (3.2 overs)

    The wheels are coming off slightly for Sussex as they lose Luke Wright in the first two overs. Wright charges down the pitch to Mitchell Claydon but can only sky the ball to Darren Stevens in the deep.

  102. Post update

    Birmingham 127-0 v Derbyshire (11 overs)

    Brendon McCullum

    BBC Radio Derby commentator and former New Zealand seamer Iain O'Brien at Edgbaston: "Derbyshire are staring at a massive total here. Brendon McCullum is looking in great nick. He hits a six with what was more of a top edge than anything and then hits the next ball 20-odd metres over an 80-metre boundary for a huge six of well over 100 metres. Wow!"

  103. Post update

    Birmingham 127-0 v Derbyshire (11 overs)

    Brendon McCullum is showing no signs of slowing down - he's launched Alex Hughes for another huge, straight six to take him to 79 from just 34 balls.

  104. Kohler-Cadmore reaches 50

    Worcestershire 94-2 v Nottinghamshire (10 overs)

    Tom Kohler-Cadmore brings up his second T20 Blast half-century in style, hammering Samit Patel for his third six of the innings to reach the milestone from a mere 26 balls.

    Nottinghamshire hit back in the next over though, as Steven Mullaney bowls Richard Oliver for 31. Worcestershire are 94-2 at the halfway point.

  105. WICKET

    Lancashire 104-2 v Yorkshire (10 overs)

    Ah, sorry Ashwell Prince. The commentator's curse strikes as the South African left-hander skies an attempted pull shot off Rich Pyrah and Jonny Bairstow takes a comfortable catch.

    Prince goes for a well-made 59 off 30 balls.

  106. Post update

    Lancashire 104-1 v Yorkshire (9.4 overs)

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC 5 live sports extra

    "A wonderful knock from Ashwell Prince and he will think the job is not even half done yet with 12 overs remaining. A top start the South African has given Lancashire."

  107. Post update

    Somerset 174-6 v Gloucestershire (20 overs)

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton: "A very productive final five overs saw Somerset end their innings with a competitive 174-6. Luke Ronchi picked up the pace and scored a decent 49 before being caught, while Tom Cooper's 38 also played its part in their decent total.

    "It's gone a bit gloomy here, but hopefully the rain should stay away.

    "The halfway point in T20 cricket is a hive of activity. The batting team are straight back out going through fielding drills before a traditional group huddle, the fielding team attempt to somehow get their eye in as they prepare to bat, while punters go for a much-needed pit stop and refuel."

  108. Post update

    Middlesex 50-1 v Surrey (7.2 overs)

    Dawid Malan has broken the shackles slightly at The Oval, carving Gareth Batty's fourth ball for a huge six.

    Surrey have been a little sloppy in the field - a mix-up in communication led to Jason Roy missing a simple run-out chance - but their bowlers have done well to restrict Middlesex so far.

  109. McCullum reaches 50

    Birmingham 97-0 v Derbyshire (9 overs)

    Brendon McCullum

    That's some half-century for Brendon McCullum, brought up with a simple flick through mid-wicket.

    His fifty has come from just 24 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes. One of those sixes should probably have counted for double, given how far it sailed into the crowd. Birmingham are cruising along at Edgbaston - Derbyshire need to break this pairing.

  110. Ashwell Prince reaches 50

    Lancashire 90-1 v Yorkshire (8 overs)

    Paul Horton fell to Glenn Maxwell immediately after the conclusion of the powerplay, but Ashwell Prince is doing some real damage for Lancashire. He's 53 not out off 26 balls and looking in excellent form.

  111. Post update

    Worcestershire 60-1 v Nottinghamshire (6 overs)

    It's the end of the powerplay at Trent Bridge, where Worcestershire have hit back against Nottinghamshire.

    Rapids captain Daryl Mitchell fell cheaply in the first over, but Richard Oliver and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have put on 56 for the second wicket to take the visitors to 60-1 after six overs.

    Kohler-Cadmore has 38 runs from 19 deliveries, with two maximums and five boundaries to his name already.

  112. Post update

    Birmingham 84-0 v Derbyshire (7 overs)

    Who'd be a bowler. Slower balls, bouncers - they've gone for boundaries galore, courtesy of Brendon McCullum.

    One six is smashed so hard that it sails into the back row of the crowd. Impossible not to feel for poor Shiv Thakor, whose second over flew for 16 big runs.

  113. Interval

    Durham 163-5 v Leicestershire (20 overs)

    Ben Raine

    It's been a miserable return to the north east for former Durham bowler Ben Raine. He takes home figures of 0-55, the worst ever recorded against Durham in a T20 game.

    The Jets finished on 163-5 from their 20 overs, with Mark Stoneman remaining unbeaten with a career-best 89 from 59 balls.

    The opener was dropped a remarkable three times, twice by unfortunate Leicestershire batsman Andrea Agathangelou.

  114. Post update

    Lancashire 75-0 v Yorkshire (6 overs)

    Ashwell Prince

    As powerplays go, that's pretty special from Lancashire. Ashwell Prince and Paul Horton are thrashing the Yorkshire attack to all parts, and Prince is nearing a swift half-century.

  115. Post update

    Birmingham 74-0 v Derbyshire (6 overs)

    BBC Radio Derby commentator and former New Zealand seamer Iain O'Brien: "We've had a Tweet from a Derbyshire fan saying that her little girl's temperature is coming down after illness... Now he just wants the Bears' run rate coming down too!"

  116. Interval

    Somerset 174-6 v Gloucestershire (20 overs)

    Luke Ronchi and Tom Cooper, who fell in consecutive balls in the 19th over, have got Somerset to a defendable total at Taunton.

    Gloucestershire looked on top at the midway point of the innings, but a fifth-wicket stand of 81 has helped the hosts to 174-6.

    Ronchi's 49 off 23 balls included five sixes and two fours, while Cooper made 38.

  117. Post update

    Lancashire 59-0 v Yorkshire (5 overs)

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    BBC 5 live sports extra

    "What Lancashire's performance so far says, as we reach the end of the powerplay, is that we're in for a big score tonight."

  118. Team news

    Hampshire v Glamorgan (19:00 BST)

    Graham Wagg

    Glamorgan win the toss and choose to bat first against Hampshire.

    The visitors are without all-rounder Graham Wagg, who picked up a back injury in their win over Somerset last weekend.

    Hampshire's squad includes Australia pace bowler Jackson Bird - he has not featured in the home team's last two matches.

    Hampshire: Carberry, Vince, Shah, Adams, Wheater, Smith, Berg, Wood, Arafat, Bird, Briggs.

    Glamorgan: Rudolph, Meschede, Ingram, Cooke, Wright, Lloyd, Wallace, Salter, Smith, Cosker, Hogan.

  119. Post update

    Birmingham 51-0 v Derbyshire (4.2 overs)

    Ah, Brendon McCullum. Not letting Varun Chopra have all the fun, he slams Wayne White for a glorious straight six, before cutting and pulling the medium pacer to take 18 from the over.

    Chopra is still playing his shots - he slashes Nathan Rimmington for four, but is dropped the very next ball. And there 50 is up for Birmingham inside four overs. Derbyshire will be desperate to break this partnership.

  120. Post update

    Middlesex 15-1 v Surrey (3.1 overs)

    Paul Stirling

    A fairly sedate start at The Oval for Middlesex, although Paul Stirling has launched Azhar Mahmood into the stands to break the deadlock.

    Surrey have the last laugh though as, after a tight over from Mahmood, Stirling carves Sam Curran to Zafar Ansari for 15. He's replaced by Neil Dexter.

  121. Post update

    Lancashire 42-0 v Yorkshire (4 overs)

    Ashwell Prince pulls Tim Bresnan's first ball into the crowd for six. A real short-arm jab into the stands. Those early suggestions about it being a belting batting track in Manchester appear to be ringing true.

  122. Team news

    Sussex v Kent (19:00 BST)

    Kent have won the toss and will field first down at sunny Sussex-by-the-sea.

    The visitors have Sam Billings back in their ranks, while James Tredwell also returns to the side.

    Sussex have Luke Wright to give them some firepower up top, as well as Australia's T20 captain George Bailey in the middle-order.

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

    Kent: Bell-Drummond, Ball, Northeast, Billings, Blake, Stevens, Coles, Cowdrey, Tredwell, Claydon, Thomas.

  123. Post update

    Birmingham 17-0 v Derbyshire (2 overs)

    Seventeen runs from Birmingham's first two overs and Brendon McCullum has made just two of them.

    Varun Chopra

    Varun Chopra was the batsman who feasted on some leg-side bowling to hit Nathan Rimmington for consecutive boundaries. Some good running between the two kept the score ticking over as well.

  124. Post update

    Somerset 141-4 v Gloucestershire (17 overs)

    Somerset pair Tom Cooper and Luke Ronchi are picking up the pace at Taunton. They score 20 runs off one Jack Taylor over, including three sixes, to take their fifth-wicket partnership to 56 in less than six overs.

  125. Cricket puts you to sleep?

    Hampshire v Glamorgan (19:00 BST)

    Hampshire

    BBC Sport's Adam Williams at the Ageas Bowl: "A number of guest rooms with balconies behind the bowler's arm on non-match days double as commentary positions - so if the game's not that exciting, you can take a quick power nap between powerplays."

  126. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sussex v Kent (19:00 BST)

    Sussex on Twitter: The @BrightonHoveJob County Ground looking good ahead of tonight's @NatWestT20Blast game.

    Sussex
  127. Post update

    Lancashire 16-0 v Yorkshire (1 over)

    Ashwell Prince

    Two boundaries from Paul Horton get Lancashire off to a flying start, and a six from Ashwell Prince off Glenn Maxwell's last ball is the exclamation point to a superb first over for Lancashire.

  128. Post update

    Birmingham Bears v Derbyshire (18:30 BST)

    Brendon McCullum

    Here comes Brendon McCullum, striding to the wicket along with Bears captain Varun Chopra. Will we get the fireworks we're all expecting from the New Zealander? We'll soon find out.

  129. Post update

    Durham 107-5 v Leicestershire (15 overs)

    What an evening for Leicestershire's Rob Sayer. The 20-year-old finishes with 2-16 from four overs on his T20 Blast debut.

    Having started so brightly, Durham can't buy a run. They've taken just 29 runs from the last five overs, with three wickets falling in that period.

  130. Team news

    Surrey v Middlesex (18:30 BST)

    Jason Roy

    Middlesex have won the toss in the London derby and will bat first in front of a packed Oval crowd.

    Surrey are without youngster Matt Dunn, who has a side strain, but they have an intimidating top-order of Jason Roy, Tom Curran and Kumar Sangakkara.

    Visitors Middlesex will be looking to bounce back from last night's chastening seven-wicket loss to Sussex, with Nick Compton replaced by Neil Dexter.

    Middlesex: Malan, Stirling, Dexter, Simpson, Morgan, Gubbins, Balbirnie, Rayner, Sandhu, Podmore, Patel.

    Surrey: Roy, T Curran, Sangakkara, Wilson, Foakes, Mahmood, Ansari, Burns, Burke, Batty, S. Curran.

  131. Post update

    Somerset 95-4 v Gloucestershire (13 overs)

    Benny Howell is doing the damage for Gloucestershire at the moment - he's come back into the attack to dismiss Johann Myburgh for 38. Howell has 2-17 off his three overs so far.

    Much depends on Australian Tom Cooper and New Zealand international Luke Ronchi if Somerset are to get a decent total here.

  132. Team news

    Lancashire v Yorkshire (18:30 BST)

    Yorkshire have won the toss and will bowl first on what looks like an excellent batting strip at Old Trafford.

    As we mentioned earlier, there's no James Faulkner for Lancashire after he was charged with drink-driving.

    Jonny Bairstow, fresh from a Championship double-century against Durham, is included by Yorkshire, as well as Aussie duo Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell.

    Lancashire: Prince, Horton, Brown, Davies, Croft, Livingstone, Clark, Lilley, Bailey, Parry, Jarvis.

    Yorkshire: Gale, Finch, Hodd, Bairstow, Maxwell, Leaning, Bresnan, Pyrah, Middlebrook, Patterson, Fisher.

  133. Post update

    Lancashire v Yorkshire (18:30 BST)

    Adam Lyth and Aaron Finch

    In the corresponding group fixture last summer, Aaron Finch blasted a destructive 88 as Yorkshire won at Old Trafford by five wickets.

    Earlier, Finch and Adam Lyth had combined to dismiss Lancashire all-rounder Tom Smith with an amazing catch.

    The picture above shows them repeating the feat in a game against Leicestershire later in the tournament. Practice makes perfect.

  134. Team news

    Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire (18:30 BST)

    Worcestershire Rapids have won the toss and will bat first against Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge.

    Chris Read replaces Nottinghamshire captain James Taylor, who suffered a hamstring injury in the County Championship victory over Worcestershire earlier this week.

    The Rapids are forced into making one change, as Richard Oliver comes into the side in place of Moeen Ali, who is unavailable on England duty.

    Nottinghamshire: Lumb, Hales, Wessels, Patel, Christian, Smith, Mullaney, Read, Wood, Ball, Gurney.

    Worcestershire: Oliver, Mitchell, Kohler-Cadmore, Munro, D'Oliveira, Whiteley, Cox, Leach, Barnard, Ajmal, Shantry.

  135. Stoneman reaches 50

    Durham 89-4 v Leicestershire (12.1 overs)

    Mark Stoneman reaches his half-century off 36 balls but Durham are stumbling a little bit - they've lost Paul Collingwood and Gordon Muchall cheaply.

  136. Post update

    Somerset 73-3 v Gloucestershire (10 overs)

    BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson: "Somerset really need an innings from their underperforming Australian in this match. Tom Cooper is capable of hitting some really big shots and if he can get a quick 30 or 40 then it could make all the difference."

  137. Team news

    Birmingham v Derbyshire (18:30 BST)

    Derbyshire have won the toss at Edgbaston and have opted to bowl first under a muggy Birmingham sky.

    The visitors are unchanged for the fourth game in a row, with Chesney Hughes looking to continue his fine form for Derbyshire.

    Birmingham, meanwhile, have some unknown New Zealander called Brendon McCullum opening up their innings. It'll be interesting to see how he goes on under some cloudy skies...

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

    Derbyshire: Durston, Rutherford, C Hughes, Madsen, Elston, Thakor, A Hughes, Knight, Poynton, White, Rimmington.

  138. Post update

    Lancashire v Yorkshire (18:30 BST)

    Jos Buttler

    When the teams last met in the T20 Blast, it was Lancashire who came out on top with a thrilling final-ball win at Headingley.

    England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler hit an unbeaten 71 off 35 balls to see the Red Rose county to victory.

    Lancashire, last year's runners-up, have won only two of their five matches since beating Yorkshire.

  139. Injury worries for Foxes

    Durham 74-2 v Leicestershire (10 overs)

    There's some concern for Leicestershire as seamer Ollie Freckingham is helped off the field with an apparent knee injury - 12th man Lewis Hill has come on in his place.

    Mark Stoneman is still leading Durham's charge at the midway point, with 40 from 28 balls.

    Paul Collingwood is his partner out in the middle, after Foxes keeper Niall O'Brien stumped Calum MacLeod off the bowling of Jigar Naik.

  140. War of the Roses

    Lancashire v Yorkshire (18:30 BST)

    While the teams continue to slug it out at in the West Country and north east, we're going to have a little look forward to tonight's Roses match. Besides, Lancashire and Yorkshire have a habit of producing wonderful matches and special moments in the T20 Blast...

  141. Post update

    Hampshire v Glamorgan (19:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Adam Williams at the Ageas Bowl: "A crunch match at the Ageas Bowl this evening as two teams level on points in the South Group meet.

    "Perennial Finals Day attendees Hampshire, currently fourth, have 10 points from nine games, while Glamorgan have the same number of points, though they have played a game more.

    "It's getting a bit tetchy for Hampshire of late. They've lost their last two games in the competition - including the last home match against in-form Sussex - and their County Championship form doesn't make great reading either.

    "Glamorgan squeaked home against Somerset in their last T20 Blast match on Sunday - by just three runs."

  142. Remembering the legends

    Somerset 60-2 v Gloucestershire (8 overs)

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton: "You will see these pictures of Somerset legends such as Brian Rose dotted around the County Ground in Taunton. Lovely touch."

    Brian Rose picture

    On the field, Somerset have lost Peter Trego caught at deep cover for just two, and that early momentum for the home side has stalled a little bit.

  143. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Hampshire v Glamorgan (19:00 BST)

    Hampshire on Twitter: It's beginning to look pretty in pink here at @TheAgeasBowl as we prepare for this evening's #LadiesDay extravaganza!

    Hampshire
  144. Post update

    Somerset 47-1 v Gloucestershire (6 overs)

    BBC Radio Somerset's Ed Hadwin: "Frankly, if you've been smacked in the head by a ball bowled at about 80mph by Craig Miles, your brain's going to be rattling around a little bit and I would say someone needs to have a look at Johann Myburgh."

  145. Post update

    Durham 56-1 v Leicestershire (6 overs)

    Durham will be delighted with their efforts at the end of the powerplay. Mark Stoneman has led the way with 30 from only 15 balls.

    He's lucky to still be there though, as Leicestershire's Andrea Agathangelou shelled a regulation catch off Clint McKay's bowling with the left-hander on 27. How costly could that prove to be?

  146. Post update

    Somerset 45-1 v Gloucestershire (5.1 overs)

    Somerset opener Johann Myburgh is, thankfully, back up on his feet. He needed some treatment on the field after being struck on the helmet by a Craig Miles delivery.

  147. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Lancashire v Yorkshire (18:30 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Charles Dagnall on Twitter: I hope I'm not wrong... But this looks a belter! Full house, weather perfect!

    Lancashire
  148. WICKET

    Somerset 44-1 v Gloucestershire (5 overs)

    Jim Allenby goes for 22, bowled by Benny Howell, who had stemmed the flow of runs with a tidy over after Somerset's early onslaught.

  149. FIRST WICKET OF THE NIGHT

    Durham 41-1 v Leicestershire (4.1 overs)

    Clint McKay makes a vital breakthrough for visitors Leicestershire. Durham keeper Phil Mustard is the man to go, edging the Australian seamer to Niall O'Brien behind the stumps for 17. Number three Calum MacLeod is on his way to the middle.

  150. Post update

    Somerset 40-0 v Gloucestershire (4 overs)

    Confident start by Somerset who, despite Chris Gayle's heroics earlier in the competition, are languishing down in sixth in the South Group. Opening pair Johann Myburgh and Jim Allenby have hit five fours and a six between them in the opening four overs.

  151. Post update

    Durham 31-0 v Leicestershire (3 overs)

    Mark Stoneman

    Durham are off to a flyer at Chester-le-Street. Mark Stoneman has plundered 19 from 10 deliveries, with three boundaries to his name already. The hosts are 31-0 halfway through the powerplay.

  152. Clarke in the runs

    Essex v Australia

    Michael Clarke

    Michael Clarke fell for a first-ball duck in the first innings against Essex, but the Australia captain will be feeling much happier about life ahead of next week's first Ashes Test against England in Cardiff.

    Clarke made 77 today, on day three of his side's tour match at Chelmsford.

    For details of how you can follow the Ashes on BBC Sport, take a peek at this handy guide.

  153. FIRST SIX OF THE NIGHT

    Somerset 10-0 v Gloucestershire (0.4 overs)

    Johann Myburgh hit the first ball of Somerset's innings for four through mid-wicket, and then plonks the fourth ball over long-off for a maximum. A quick start for the hosts.

  154. Post update

    Ready for some Friday night fireworks in the T20 Blast? Yes? Well, let's get started.

    About to get under way at Taunton and Chester-le-Street, and team news when we get it from our other six matches.

  155. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire (18:30 BST)

    Nottinghamshire on Twitter: The first of many tonight at Trent Bridge where the average #T20Blast attendance in 2015 is 9.5k #CricketHasLanded

    Nottinghamshire fans
  156. A room with a view

    Somerset v Gloucestershire (17:30 BST)

    Taunton

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton: "The ground here in Taunton following several others in being overlooked by new build houses. Expect these balconies to fill up for special Friday night T20 parties. Arguably the best seats in the house."

  157. Faulkner charged with drink-driving

    Lancashire v Yorkshire (18:30 BST)

    James Faulkner

    One player who won't be in action tonight is Lancashire's James Faulkner. Cricket Australia have confirmed the all-rounder has been charged with drink-driving by Greater Manchester Police, and will not be involved against Yorkshire this evening.

    "I can't excuse my actions and understand that I have let people down," said Faulkner. "My decision to drive was an error in judgement. I apologise unreservedly and accept any penalty handed to me by Cricket Australia and the relevant authorities."

    Faulkner is not part of Australia's Test squad but is a key member of their one-day side. He was man of the match in their World Cup final win over New Zealand earlier this year.

  158. Team news

    Durham v Leicestershire (17:30 BST)

    Leicestershire Foxes have won the toss and will bowl first against Durham Jets at Chester-le-Street.

    Durham are unchanged from the side that lost to Lancashire Lightning in their last fixture, but Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove is absent due to family commitments.

    The Australian is replaced by young off-spinner Rob Sayer, who makes his T20 Blast debut.

    Durham: Stoneman, Mustard, MacLeod, Arshad, Collingwood, Muchall, Pringle, Hastings, Jennings, Borthwick, Rushworth.

    Leicestershire: Eckersley, Raine, K. O'Brien, Elliott, Wells, N. O'Brien, Agathangelou, Sayer, McKay, Naik, Freckingham.

  159. Team news

    Somerset v Gloucestershire (17:30 BST)

    Somerset have won the toss and will bat first against Gloucestershire at Taunton.

    The home side are unchanged, while Gloucestershire will hope Michael Klinger can continue his excellent form in the T20 Blast.

    Klinger has 520 runs in eight innings and, along with Kent's Sam Northeast, is the leading run-scorer in this season's competition.

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

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

  160. Who will be #bestinthewest at Taunton?

    Somerset v Gloucestershire (17:30 BST)

    Taunton

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Taunton: "It's hot, humid and muggy in Taunton but hopefully the threat of tropical-style rain should relent.

    "Somerset shaded this derby a fortnight ago to earn bragging rights and club the now unofficial #bestinthewest crown.

    "While both sides need victory, Gloucestershire are in desperate need of one. A win for Somerset puts them right back in the mix in the South Group."

  161. South Group

    Luke Wright

    Sussex went top of the South Group with a seven-wicket win over Middlesex last night.

    Captain Luke Wright, a centurion last Friday, made 47 from 33 balls to set up their successful run chase.

    Sussex host third-placed Kent this evening, and a win for the visitors will take them top as Essex have other matters to attend to this week - namely a tour match against Australia.

  162. North Group

    Brendon McCullum

    Defending T20 Blast champions Birmingham Bears top the North Group with six wins out of eight, and tonight they're expected to give a home debut to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum against bottom side Derbyshire at Edgbaston.

    McCullum made just 18 against Lancashire a week ago but the Bears won by one run to continue their fine start to the competition.

    Worcestershire and Leicestershire are only two points behind them, while only six points separate top from bottom.

  163. BBC coverage

    Listen live on BBC local radio

    As always, we've got every match covered in full by BBC local radio this evening.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will be live at Old Trafford from 18:15 BST for live coverage of Lancashire v Yorkshire.

    Click on the Live Coverage tab to select your commentary of choice - our first batch of games gets under way at 17:30 BST. Team news on the way shortly...

  164. Derby day in the T20 Blast

    Lancashire host Yorkshire in the north. Somerset face Gloucestershire in the west. Surrey play Middlesex in the south. And in the east...

    Ah, that's where the theory falls down.

    But in truth, every one of tonight's eight matches matter as we head towards the business end of the group phase, because almost all of the 18 teams involved in the competition have a realistic chance of qualifying for the quarter-final stage.

  165. Rivalries renewed

    Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke

    Only five more days to go until England and Australia battle for one of the biggest prizes in sport.

    It seems fitting then that, on the eve of the first Ashes Test, several local rivalries will be renewed during the latest round of T20 Blast fixtures.

  166. Post update

    Commentaries available on this page: (scroll through the live coverage tab to select your game)

    Live scorecards available here

    Lancashire v Yorkshire - Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Leeds

    Durham v Leicestershire - BBC Newcastle and BBC Radio Leicester

    Somerset v Gloucestershire - BBC Somerset, BBC Radio Gloucestershire and BBC Radio Bristol

    Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire - BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Surrey v Middlesex - BBC London 94.9

    Birmingham v Derbyshire - BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC WM 95.6 and BBC Radio Derby

    Hampshire v Glamorgan - BBC Radio Solent and BBC Radio Wales

    Sussex v Kent - BBC Radio Kent