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Summary

  1. Hampshire through to T20 Blast Finals Day
  2. James Vince hits 107* off 65 balls for Hants
  3. Worcestershire's Moeen Ali out for 10
  4. Bad light at New Road ended play early
  5. Northants & Birmingham already through

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By Adam Williams

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Hampshire win by 17 runs (D/L Method)

Three down, one to go.

We know the names of three of the four teams who'll battle it out on Finals Day now and there's one more place up for grabs.

Kent Spitfires and Lancashire Lightning will bid to claim it at Canterbury tomorrow afternoon and we'll bring you all the action from 14:15 BST.

See you then.

Hampshire win by 17 runs (D/L Method)

Hampshire 196-4 (20 overs) v Worcs 58-2 (8.1 overs)

So that is that.

A disappointing end, just when you felt the game might have been bubbling up to a decent contest.

Worcestershire's wait for a Finals Day place goes on while Hampshire are through to their sixth in a row.

BreakingHAMPSHIRE WIN BY 17 RUNS (D/L METHOD)

There it is - the decision has been made.

Bad light has stopped play and Hampshire win by 17 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis Method.

Kevin Howells

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

There's been a serious error of judgment. Bad light happens in cricket, we get issues like this, but I've never known it to happen in such an important domestic match as this.

Bad light stops play

Hampshire 196-4 (20 overs) v Worcs 58-2 (8.1 overs)

... and just to add to the continuing gloom - it's now raining at New Road.

It's not stopping that lot in the hot tub on the boundary though - they're carrying on regardless.

The ground staff have been despatched to bring the covers on - are they expecting rain as well as bad light? Still very gloomy, and I can't believe they're going to play again tonight.

Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at New Road

And still to come....

Kent Spitfires v Lancashire Lightning (14:30 BST, Saturday)

We round up the T20 Blast quarter-finals tomorrow afternoon at Canterbury.

Kent Spitfires - who finished top of the South Group - take on Lancashire Lightning.

Rob Key celebrates winning the Twenty20 cup in 2007
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Kent won the title at Edgbaston in 2007, while Lancashire finished runners-up in last year's competition.

It's a disappointing end but the umpires have got to think of the safety of the players at the end of the day. I just think we're at that time of year where the nights draw in that little bit earlier.

Tim PackwoodWorcestershire head groundsman on BBC Hereford & worcester

Recap: T20 Blast quarter-finals so far

Thursday: Birmingham Bears beat Essex Eagles by 24 runs

Laurie Evans
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After

the David Willey show, the action continued on Thursday as
Birmingham Bears booked their Finals Day place alongside Northants.

Laurie Evans struck a 31-ball 50 as the Bears reached 189-5 and then three catches from Rikki Clarke restricted Essex Eagles to just 165-7 in reply.

Could they be the first side to successfully defend the T20 title later this month?

They're starting to play things on the TV sets around the ground almost as though the game is over and they're just trying to entertain the crowd to keep them here.

Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Recap: T20 Blast quarter-finals so far

Wednesday: Northants beat Sussex by seven wickets

David Willey
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Northants became the first side to make it through to Finals Day on 29 August - and

it was David Willey who stole the show.

Not content with taking 3-27 as Sussex set Northants 166 to win, Willey struck a 40-ball century to see the 2013 champions home by seven wickets and with four overs to spare.

One Michael Yardy over went for 34 runs, while Willey's ton was the fastest in this year's competition.

The umpires are in the middle having a chat at the moment. If you're new to Twenty20 cricket you're probably thinking 'What is this all about?'

Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Bad light stops play

Hampshire 196-4 (20 overs) v Worcs 58-2 (8.1 overs)

Sounds like some of the supporters have made up their minds and are heading home.

We've not had an official decision to call it off yet, but surely we can't be far away.

Huge boos ring out from the crowd as it's announced Worcestershire will go out on Duckworth-Lewis if there is no further play. Some of the supporters are starting to leave now.

Gary SmeeBBC Sport at New Road

Bad light stops play

Hampshire 196-4 (20 overs) v Worcs 58-2 (8.1 overs)

New Road
Gary Smee

Some fans in the crowd are being inventive and have turned the torches on on their mobile phones in a bid to brighten things up.

Not sure that's going to help things really.

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#bbccricket As a neutral this is so disappointing. Maybe having lights should be a prerequisite of being in the competition

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Hampshire 196-4 (20 overs) v Worcs 58-2 (8.1 overs)

Moeen Ali and Dary Mitchell opened up for Worcestershire in reply.

Moeen came and went for a brisk 10 and then Tom Kohler-Cadmore was run out for 9 by Chris Wood's direct hit.

But, after two big sixes from Ross Whiteley, bad light stopped play.

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Hampshire 196-4 (20 overs) v Worcs 58-2 (8.1 overs)

James Vince
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Once Carberry was dismissed for 42, James Vince picked up the baton and well and truly ran with it.

The Hampshire captain brought up his first-ever T20 century off 60 balls.

He carried his bat through the remainder of the innings as Hampshire posted 196-4 from their 20 overs.

It may be a tad lighter now, but maybe our eyes are just getting used to the dark. I'm not sure they'll be able to get back out in this. A PA announcement just said that unless the light improves we won't be carrying on.

Dave BradleyBBC Hereford & Worcester

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Hampshire 196-4 (20 overs) v Worcs 58-2 (8.1 overs)

So, while we wait for news from the middle - let's recap what's happened so far this evening.

Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.

In came James Vince and Michael Carberry who plundered an opening stand of 88 for the visitors.

Bad light stops play

The cut-off time for us to get back on is 20:45 BST.

But, just to remind you, we have a game as five overs of the second innings have been completed.

Umpires Rob Bailey and Tim Robinson will continue to monitor the situation with their light meters.

New Road
Gary Smee

You have to remember it's mid-August now. Last night it was dark at 20:30 BST. I'm surprised this game didn't start at 17:00 BST or floodlights weren't brought in. The sell out crowd will go mad when this is announced. Every other quarter final has had floodlights, so why not this one?

Gary SmeeBBC Sport at New Road

Only an improvement in the light - which looks unlikely at this stage - can save Worcestershire from elimination on Duckworth-Lewis. The umpires are still out in the middle, but the home side's T20 campaign may have just ended - not with a Blast, but with a whimper.

Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at New Road

It's taken Chris Wood getting hit on the nose for the umpires to take them off. They've pushed the boundaries and now something has forced them to go off.

Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Bad light stops play

Worcs 58-2

New Road
Gary Smee

We've got a break in play after that fumble from Wood.

Can't see how it's going to get any lighter to be fair. Duckworth Lewis comparison score at this stage is 75.

That means Worcestershire are 18 runs behind what they'd need to win.

Dropped catch

Worcs 58-2

Ross Whiteley pulls a short ball from Arafat away to the deep square leg boundary.

Looks like he's going to get another six, but Chris Wood comes round, but fumbles the catch.

It's a painful moment for Wood as the ball hits him on the nose.

Worcs 57-2 (need 140 to win from 72 balls)

A productive over there from the Rapids. They need a partnership here.

The Duckworth Lewis comparison score is 82 if they were to go off for bad light at this stage.

Another six from Ross Whiteley

Worcs 56-2

Ross Whiteley
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Almost a carbon copy from the left-hander. See below for the description!

Six from Ross Whiteley

Worcs 50-2

Liam Dawson comes on with his slow left-armers. Ross Whiteley drives him all the way over the fence down the ground for six.

It's increasingly dingy here at New Road. The light must be a factor as Worcestershire seem to have one or two problems getting bat on ball when the speedy Fidel Edwards charges in from the Diglis End. But we're through five overs so a match is constituted with no need for a reserve day - and with the home side behind on Duckworth-Lewis at this stage, they must grin and bear it. If the umpires took them off now, Hampshire would win.

Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at New Road

Worcs 43-2 (need 154 to win from 78 balls)

Yasir Arafat - second on the list of all-time wicket takers in the history of T20 cricket - is in to the Hampshire attack.

Worcestershire get no more than singles from his opening six deliveries.

Worcs 39-2 (target 197)

Fidel Edwards continues for his third over with his slingy action. I repeat - it's very gloomy out there and the clouds have thickened.

But, we've completed five overs now of this innings, so we will have a result whatever happens.

Kohler-Cadmore had played handsomely off his legs for four through mid-wicket just before he was run out by Wood.

End of the powerplay then, which Hampshire completed for 61-0 in comparison.

He was comfortably out - he wasn't in camera shot, as you might say. And Ross Whiteley is on his way to the middle now, so Worcestershire have juggled around with their batting order.

Dave BradleyBBC Hereford & Worcester

WICKET (Kohler-Cadmore run out 9)

Worcs 39-2

Chris Wood
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Tip and run, pick up and throw from Chris Wood - direct hit!

Tom Kohler-Cadmore tries to steal a single, but he's got no chance and is out by some distance.

Worcs 34-1 (Mitchell 17, Kohler-Cadmore 5)

Wood continues for Hampshire and Mitchell brings a welcome boundary with a shot over cover.

Kohler-Cadmore gets his first boundary with a nice back foot drive down the ground.

If you were playing a four-day game you would be off the field by now for the light. Maybe starting an hour earlier would've been the right idea, but I guess that's in hindsight.

Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Worcs 25-1 (target 197)

Fidel Edwards working up a head of steam here. It's flying through past the flashing blade of Kohler-Cadmore.

To be fair, it's quite gloomy out there. Not sure I'd be queuing up to face this. Mitchell scurries runs to try and keep the scoreboard ticking.

Worcs 21-1 (target 197)

Tom Kohler-Cadmore in a three for Worcestershire. Struggles to get Wood away and that's a cracking first over from the left-armer.

I must say, the people here are lovely, the ground is beautiful, the cricket has been great - but the coffee is awful. It tastes like hot mud.

Adam BlackmoreBBC Radio Solent