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Adam Williams

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  1. Thank you and good night

    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.

  2. 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.

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    There it is - the decision has been made.

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

  5. Post update

    Kevin Howells

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: 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.
  6. 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.

  7. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Mark Mitchener BBC Sport at New Road
    Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at New Road
  8. 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

    Kent won the title at Edgbaston in 2007, while Lancashire finished runners-up in last year's competition.

  9. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Tim Packwood Worcestershire head groundsman on BBC Hereford & worcester
    Tim PackwoodWorcestershire head groundsman on BBC Hereford & worcester
  10. Recap: T20 Blast quarter-finals so far

    Thursday: Birmingham Bears beat Essex Eagles by 24 runs

    Laurie Evans

    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?

  11. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Jonathan Trott Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
  12. Recap: T20 Blast quarter-finals so far

    Wednesday: Northants beat Sussex by seven wickets

    David Willey

    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.

  13. Post update

    Quote Message: 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?' from Jonathan Trott Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Gary Smee BBC Sport at New Road
    Gary SmeeBBC Sport at New Road
  16. Bad light stops play

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

    New Road

    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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  18. In case you missed it

    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.

  19. In case you missed it

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

    James Vince

    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.

  20. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Dave Bradley BBC Hereford & Worcester
    Dave BradleyBBC Hereford & Worcester
  21. In case you missed it

    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.

  22. 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.

  23. Post update

    New Road
    Quote Message: 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? from Gary Smee BBC Sport at New Road
    Gary SmeeBBC Sport at New Road
  24. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Mark Mitchener BBC Sport at New Road
    Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at New Road
  25. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Jonathan Trott Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
  26. Bad light stops play

    Worcs 58-2

    New Road

    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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. Another six from Ross Whiteley

    Worcs 56-2

    Ross Whiteley

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

  30. 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.

  31. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Mark Mitchener BBC Sport at New Road
    Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at New Road
  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Dave Bradley BBC Hereford & Worcester
    Dave BradleyBBC Hereford & Worcester
  35. WICKET (Kohler-Cadmore run out 9)

    Worcs 39-2

    Chris Wood

    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.

  36. 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.

  37. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Jonathan Trott Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. Post update

    Quote Message: 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. from Adam Blackmore BBC Radio Solent
    Adam BlackmoreBBC Radio Solent
  41. WICKET (Moeen c Wheater b Wood 10)

    Worcs 19-1

    Moeen Ali

    Stunned silence around New Road.

    Moeen Ali tries to go big off new bowler Chris Wood but mis-times a pull shot. It's in the air for a while, but Adam Wheater runs back and gathers in his gloves much to the delight of his team-mates.

  42. Worcs 19-0 (target 197)

    Some brave ladies have chosen to watch the action from a hot tub on the boundary at New Road - they look quite cold under the grey skies.

    Fidel Edwards opens from the Diglis End for Hampshire and almost dismisses Moeen as Will Smith dives acrobatically away at point, but can't get his fingers to his full-bloodied cover drive.

    The ball before, Moeen had crunched another cover drive for four. Mitchell gets in on the act with a flick for four to the fine leg fence.

  43. Worcs 10-0 (target 197)

    Smooth as silk from Moeen as he drives off the back foot for four through cover to open his account.

    He then almost gets himself run out though, taking a quick single to James Vince, before Daryl Mitchell cuts his first ball to point for four.

  44. Players back out

    Here we go then for Worcestershire's innings. They need 197 to reach their first-ever Finals Day.

    Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell open up and Will Smith will bowl the first over.

  45. Aussies turn Ashes screw

    While we wait for Worcestershire to start thier reply, let's bring you up to date with events elsewhere today.

    Australia won the women's Ashes Test at Canterbury by 161 runs.

    Ellyse Perry

    England were set 263 on the final day, but were bowled out for just 101.

    Australia now lead the multi-format series eight points to two with three T20 internationals to come.

  46. Post update

    James Vince
    Quote Message: James Vince's international career, so far, consists of one rain-affected ODI in Ireland, in which he was not required to bat or bowl, although he captained the England Lions one-day side in South Africa last winter. With 107 not out off 65 balls (a maiden T20 century) under the spotlight today, and now the top-scoring Englishman in this competition, has he made a convincing case for selection in the England limited-overs squads to face Australia after the Ashes? Worcestershire's hopes may rest on another man bidding for a place in that squad - Moeen Ali - who they need to fire at the top of the order if they are to chase 197. from Mark Mitchener BBC Sport at New Road
    Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at New Road
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  48. Post update

    Quote Message: We were treated to a fantastic 20 overs of batting from James Vince there. He certainly led from the front. from Jonathan Trott Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
  49. Innings break

    So, having been put in to bat - Hampshire have posted an intimidating score of 196-4.

    James Vince finishes not out on 107 off 65 balls. Thirteen fours and three sixes in that fine display of all-round hitting.

  50. WICKET (Shah c Cox b Leach 5)

    Hampshire 196-4

    Joe Leach completes the bowling for Worcestershire. Owais Shah gets off the mark with a fortunate four which he inside edges past wicketkeeper Ben Cox to fine leg.

    Leach goes full and straight for the remainder of the over and then gets Shah caught behind off the final delivery.

  51. Hampshire 187-3

    Owais Shah joins his captain at the crease for the final over. Can he get his side to 200 or more?

  52. WICKET (Ervine run out 2)

    Hampshire 186-3

    That's the worst way to get out in cricket.

    Vince times a drive back to Jack Shantry who deflects the ball back on to the non-striker's stumps to leave Sean Ervine stranded mid-pitch.

  53. Post update

    Quote Message: James Vince has just fallen over scooping Jack Shantry for four, but with that shot, he has overtaken Sam Northeast as the highest-scoring Englishman in this year's T20 Blast. Only Gloucestershire's overseas player, Australia's Michael Klinger has scored more. from Mark Mitchener BBC Sport at New Road
    Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at New Road
  54. 100 for James Vince

    Hampshire 186-2

    James Vince

    There it is!

    A fantastic century from James Vince off 60 balls with 13 fours and three sixes.

    Backs away to drive Jack Shantry for four through extra cover for his first-ever T20 century.

  55. Hampshire 175-2 (Vince 92*)

    Vince picks up four more off the next ball and he's in to the 90s with two overs remaining.

    Joe Leach looks dejected.

  56. Six from James Vince

    Hampshire 171-2

    James Vince


    Big shot from James Vince yet again and that's another six to move him on to 88. Swats away a full toss to the legside.

  57. WICKET (Wheater c Barnard b Leach 32)

    Hampshire 163-2

    Joe Leach returns to bowl amid the gloom at New Road and gets a wicket for Worcestershire.

    Wheater makes room outside leg stump, but Barnard is there to snaffle the catch on the rope. A handsome effort from the wicketkeeper off 22 balls.

    Sean Ervine the new man in for Hampshire.

  58. Post update

    Quote Message: James Vince is batting quite beautifully. Hampshire will be very pleased with their position, I would think, while Worcestershire have plenty of work to do. from Trevor Owens BBC Hereford & Worcester
    Trevor OwensBBC Hereford & Worcester
  59. Six from Adam Wheater

    Hampshire 162-1

    Saeed Ajmal on for his last over. He's not had the devastating impact the home supporters were looking for tonight.

    Adam Wheater sees off his final delivery with an emphatic strike for six in to the dugouts. Four wicketless overs for Ajmal cost 38 runs.

  60. Hampshire 150-1 (Vince 78, Wheater 22)

    Adam Wheater

    James Vince follows up the six with a four beyond a sliding deep square leg. Rattling through the 70s already is the Hampshire captain.

    Wheater flicks one away to the legside now, thinking he's got four, but it's given leg byes by umpire Rob Bailey.

  61. Six from James Vince

    Ed Barnard is dispatched over deep mid-wicket and towards the cathedral by James Vince.

    He's now passed 600 runs in this season's T20 Blast competition with that stroke.

  62. Hampshire 132-1 (Vince 65, Wheater 21)

    Bit of T-Rex blares out over the New Road PA while Daryl Mitchell deliberates over his next bowling change. He goes back to Saeed Ajmal for his third over.

    Big swing and miss from Adam Wheater before he plays a neat scoop sweep behind square for four. It brings about a change of ball - but not a change in fortune to dismiss Vince, who continues this fine innings.

  63. Post update

    Quote Message: Adam Wheater is just starting to find the middle of the bat now. He's been patient so far, just building on the start made by Michael Carberry. from Kris Temple BBC Radio Solent
    Kris TempleBBC Radio Solent
  64. Hampshire 123-1 (Vince 63, Wheater 14)

    D'Oliveira with a third over. Not much time spent hanging around from Worcestershire with all these slower options at their disposal.

    Vince and Wheater continue to be busy between the wickets when boundaries don't come. Good work to keep the scoreboard ticking.

  65. Hampshire 117-1 (Vince 59, Wheater 12)

    Moeen Ali

    Moeen Ali completes his four overs in one spell. Joe Clarke almost grabs a spectacular diving catch at short mid-wicket, but the power of Vince brings him four more.

    Another glorious shot over extra cover from Vince off the last ball gets him yet another four.

  66. Hampshire 106-1 (Vince 51, Wheater 10)

    Eight runs off the over, which D'Oliveira rattles through.

  67. 50 for James Vince

    Hampshire 103-1

    James Vince

    Oh no! More sloppy fielding from Worcestershire and this time Joe Clarke over-runs one for another four to Hampshire. Vince moves within a run of 50.

    He reaches his half-century moments later off 37 balls with seven fours and a six.

  68. Hampshire 98-1

    A third over in a row for Moeen Ali. Clever, tidy bowling from the England all-rounder as he restricts the batsmen.

    But, his hard work is undone as Brett D'Oliveira overslides on the boundary and ball runs past him. Wheater gleefully accepts the four.

  69. Hampshire 91-1 (run rate 9.1)

    Adam Wheater in at number three for Hampshire. He gets himself a couple first ball to get off the mark.

    Halfway mark of this first innings.

  70. Post update

    Quote Message: As soon as he picked up the ball and I saw the batters running again I knew it was going to be tight. Michael Carberry looks very disappointed walking off. Run outs can change games. from Jonathan Trott Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
  71. WICKET (Carberry run out 42)

    Hampshire 88-1

    Michael Carberry

    Brett D'Oliveira comes on to bowl with his leg spin, but it's a run out that brings the breakthrough finally for Worcestershire.

    Vince pushes to the cover fence, Ed Barnard runs around and throws to the non-striker's end where Carberry is just short as they turn for two.

  72. Hampshire 84-0 (Carberry 40, Vince 40)

    Moeen is back for a second over and Carberry sprints a couple after a controlled lofted shot out to the cover boundary.

    Great chasing in the field from Worcestershire as Ed Barnard and Joe Clarke combine to save a run. They need that kind of effort as the bowlers continue to toil.

  73. Post update

    Quote Message: James Vince was Hampshire's hero in last year's quarter-final win over Nottinghamshire with 93 not out when they chased down 198 with an over to spare at Trent Bridge. Having cracked his first ball for four today and followed it with several more, the Worcestershire fans who have packed out New Road, despite the earlier rain, will fear the worst if he can bat through the innings here. from Mark Mitchener BBC Sport at New Road
    Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at New Road
  74. Hampshire 75-0 (Carberry 32, Vince 39)

    Ed Barnard is the latest man to try and weave some magic for Worcestershire with the ball.

    Four more for James Vince to the legside boundary past the diving Whiteley on the rope. Relentless stuff from the Hampshire openers.

  75. Hampshire 67-0 (run rate 9.57)

    James Vince

    On comes Ashes hero Moeen Ali for Worcestershire. Can he force a breakthrough here for the hosts?

    James Vince is denied another four by the stumps at the bowler's end. Drove that one too straight.

    But he gets four two balls later with some great hands to whip Moeen away to the mid-wicket fence.

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  77. Hampshire 61-0 (Carberry 29, Vince 29)

    Whiteley is spritely once again on the boundary as he dives to stop Carberry getting another four, but Shantry is then despatched for four more by Vince over extra cover.

    End of the Powerplay overs and Hampshire pick up 15 runs from that last set of six.

  78. Six from James Vince

    Hampshire 52-0

    Jack Shantry returns for a second over and he is hit over the legside boundary by James Vince for six.

    Almost an amazing diving catch on the rope by Ross Whiteley.

  79. Post update

    Quote Message: It's been a really good start from Hampshire. We saw in the first over the intent that they have and, with Michael Carberry and James Vince at the crease, they're going well. from Jonathan Trott Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Jonathan TrottEx-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
  80. Hampshire 46-0 (run rate 9.52)

    Ajmal in to a second over and James Vince gets in on the boundary count. Lofted drive over point all the way to the rope for four.

    Carberry continues to attack and places a lofted drive to the deep for three. Great platform this for Hampshire.

  81. Hampshire 36-0 (Carberry 23, Vince 11)

    Joe Leach continues his right-armers and beats the outside edge of Michael Carberry with a change of pace as the former England opener takes a big swing and miss.

    Makes no mistake second time around though and dispatches Leach with a one-bounce four down the ground. He follows it up with four more pulled behind square and then a flick off his legs for another boundary.

    Looks like he's on a mission here.

  82. Post update

    Quote Message: Michael Carberry and James Vince are building for Hampshire. They're setting a platform, and they've not looked in any real danger either. from Kris Temple BBC Radio Solent
    Kris TempleBBC Radio Solent
  83. Hampshire 21-0 (Carberry 11, Vince 10)

    Michael Carberry

    Here comes Saeed Ajmal for his first bowl of the evening. Carberry drives him inside out over extra cover off his first ball.

    Rest of the over is a far more sedate affair with three singles.

  84. Hampshire 14-0 (Carberry 5, Vince 9)

    Joe Leach on from the Diglis End for Worcestershire. He made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he took a hat-trick from the first three balls of their One-Day Cup match against Northants.

    James Vince glances to the legside boundary with the man up at short fine leg. Just the one boundary from the over.

  85. Post update

    Quote Message: It's all very well talking about dot balls but wickets count - and if Worcestershire can split these two early they'll be very pleased. from Dave Bradley BBC Hereford & Worcester
    Dave BradleyBBC Hereford & Worcester
  86. Hampshire 10-0 (Carberry 5, Vince 5)

    Jack Shantry opens up for Worcestershire with the ball. James Vince needs no time to play himself in and drives his first ball to the long-off fence for four.

    Michael Carberry gets in on the act and crunches an extra cover drive for a four of his own.

    Positive start from the visitors.

  87. Teams on their way

    Right, that's all the pre-match business out of the way.

    Here come the two sides. Daryl Mitchell leading his Worcestershire side out to the field, James Vince and Michael Carberry opening up for Hampshire.

  88. How six perfect yorkers made folklore

    Dan Wheeler

    BBC Sport

    Andrew Hall

    This evening's match between Worcestershire and Hampshire is arguably the biggest limited-overs match to be played at New Road for 12 years.

    Lancashire were strolling towards the 2003 C&G Trophy final, needing only seven runs off the final over to win. Then up stepped Andrew Hall to bowl six magical balls, sending Worcestershire to Lord's.

    Read the South African's recollection of that remarkable victory here.

  89. Recap: Bears win through to defend title

    Thursday: Birmingham Bears beat Essex Eagles by 24 runs

    T20 Blast quarter-finals started earlier this week with the David Willey show for Northants Steelbacks against Sussex Sharks and it continued on Thursday as Birmingham Bears booked their Finals Day place alongside them.

    Laurie Evans

    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.

    The holders will return to the their home ground on 29 August, but who will join them this evening?

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  91. Worcester weather

    Worcestershire Rapids v Hampshire (17:30 BST)

    There's been a fair amount of rain around in the West Midlands today and New Road in particular.

    But things have brightened up in the last hour or so and it looks like we'll get started on time.

    Worcester weather forecast

    The BBC Weather page forecasts a largely dry night, although the odd spot of rain is possible at first.

  92. Team news and toss

    Worcestershire Rapids v Hampshire (17:30 BST)

    Right, let's bring you news from the middle and Worcestershire Rapids have won the toss and will bowl.

    Their captain Daryl Mitchell has recovered from a hamstring injury to lead the side.

    Joe Clarke and Ross Whiteley are both included after the pair signed new contracts with the county earlier this week.

    Hampshire opt to leave out Mason Crane and go for the pace of Fidel Edwards instead.

    Worcestershire: Mitchell (capt), Moeen, Kohler-Cadmore, Clarke, D'Oliveira, Whiteley, Cox, Leach, Barnard, Ajmal, Shantry.

    Hampshire: Vince (capt), Carberry, Wheater, Shah, Gatting, Dawson, Smith, Wood, Arafat, Briggs, Edwards.

  93. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Worcestershire Rapids v Hampshire (17:30 BST)

    This is the first-ever meeting between these sides in T20 cricket.

    Worcestershire welcome back England all-rounder Moeen Ali to their squad and can also call on his spin twin Saeed Ajmal.

    Moeen Ali

    Hampshire have recalled Sean Ervine following his recovery from a fractured finger while highly-rated teenage leg-spinner Mason Crane is also in their 15-man travelling party.

    Have your say on who you think will play a key role tonight by using #bbccricket on Twitter.

    We'll bring you news of the toss and the confirmed teams shortly.

  94. Aiming for six in a row

    Here we go again, it's round three of T20 Blast quarter-final action this week and we're at New Road in Worcester.

    This evening's action sees Worcestershire Rapids come up against Hampshire for a place at Finals Day.

    Hampshire captain James Vince

    A win for the home side would see them reach the last-four for the first time ever while victory for James Vince's Hampshire would book their place at Finals Day for the sixth year in succession.

    Stick with us for what's set to be another night of exciting action.