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  1. Over and out

    Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs


    So there we are, Lancashire are champions.

    Thanks for joining Gary Smee, Paul Grunill and I for today's T20 Blast Finals Day, it's been another epic showpiece event at Edgbaston.

    If you've still not quite had your cricket fix for the evening, you can read Adam Williams' report from Birmingham by clicking here.

    But, until next time, it's goodnight from us.


    Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs


    Lancashire Lightning won their first T20 title with a 13-run win over Northants in the final at Edgbaston.

    Chasing 167 to regain the trophy they won in 2013, the Steelbacks needed 21 to win off the final over.

    It proved beyond them as the Red Rose county lifted the trophy for the first time in three final appearances, having finished runners-up last year.

    Alex Davies top-scored with 47 off 26 balls in Lancashire's 166-7, with Northants mustering 153-6 in reply.

  3. Post update

    David Willey

    England and Northants batsman on Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It’s probably a game we could have won but none of us got going with the bat. We didn’t bowl great up front and they got a good start but with the exception of Cobb we didn’t get past 30. To win would have been a dream finish for me and it’s sort of how I pictured it in my heads. As has been well documented, we’re a small club and we’ve overachieved so credit to the lads and back room staff. Unfortunately we couldn’t get across the line.
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  5. Lancashire lift the trophy!

    Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs


    Steven Croft and his players lift the T20 Blast trophy aloft. There's plenty of fireworks, champagne and jumping around. A great moment for the Red Rose county.

  6. The winning captain

    Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

    Lancashire skipper Steven Croft told Sky Sports: "I'm glad we got over the line. We've been playing some great T20 cricket. We've had a few injuries here and there, but we built the momentum up as the tournament went along."

  7. The losing captain

    Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

    Northants skipper Alex Wakely told Sky Sports: "We played as a team this year. It hasn't just been about one person. I'm really proud of the guys, given the pretty limited resources.

    "I've got a lot of hope for the future. There's no denying it's quite tough when you're competing against the guys who have the financial backing but we'll just keep doing what we're doing."

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  9. Post update

    Josh Cobb

    Northants batsman on Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It’s a massive disappointment. We were underdogs to a lot of people but we were backing ourselves to go out and win it. We can be proud to get to the final but it is a shame not to get over the line. I struggled to get going with the bat, while I was there I was always backing myself but I probably needed someone to play a good cameo at the other end. Unfortunately we lose Willo who’s exceptional for or T20 side but there’s a lot of talent in our squad who can step up and maybe we can come back next year.
  10. Man of the match - Alex Davies

    Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

    Man of the match Alex Davies, who struck 47 for Lancashire, told Sky Sports: "I think I've been guilty of playing a bit recklessly in the past so I think the occasion just made me realise what I needed to do for the team. We knew we could defend a score like that with our spinners."

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  12. Post update

    Glen Chapple

    Lancashire player/coach on Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The lads have been great today, we had a lot of belief and they came through to beat some tough teams today. I’m delighted for them. It happens a lot in professional sport if you maintain the momentum. These games always come down to a rub of the green but it’s fantastic to get over the line. Gavin’s selection was a big call. We practised this week and he was superb in training. We thought he was bowling as well as anyone. The way he held his nerve in the last two overs was fantastic. This is the most pleasing moment in T20 cricket.
  13. Post update

    Jos Buttler

    England and Lancashire batsman on Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Outstanding. It‘s a great win from a pretty young side. We knew we had a good score on the board. I said if we bowled like we did in the semi, we knew we were going to win. It’s our first win in seven so we’re going to enjoy it. I’m delighted for them, there’s some experience in there but there’s some young lads in there too and it’s great Gavin Griffiths bowled as well as he did. It’s been fantastic, the best summer’s cricket I’ve ever had and to win against Australia would be a great finale.
  14. Post update

    Ashley Giles

    Lancashire head coach on Sky Sports

    Quote Message: It's a fantastic night. There were so many sub-plots in the whole thing. I'm just over the moon for the boys, they've worked so hard. It's been a battling sort of campaign but they got there in the end.
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    Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

    Well done, Lancashire. Their players dance on the Edgbaston turf in celebration, waiting to be presented with the T20 Blast trophy.


    Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs

    The last ball of the match goes for four from captain Alex Wakely, but it's all academic at this stage - Lancashire have won the domestic T20 for the first time!

  18. Northants 149-6 (Cobb 44, Wakely 0)

    Target 167

    The Steelbacks need 18 off the last ball. I don't fancy their chances.

  19. WICKET Kleinveldt (c Croft b Griffiths 11)

    Northants 148-6 (Cobb 43) Target 167

    Rory Kleinveldt has one final throw of the dice, attempting a big 'un into the offside, but he's caught on the boundary by Steven Croft.

    The maths are against Northants now.

  20. Northants 148-5 (Cobb 43, Kleinveldt 11)

    Target 167

    A single from the first ball to Rory Kleinveldt, and then a single from the second for Josh Cobb.

    Nineteen runs from four balls. It's now or never for Northants.

  21. Northants 146-5 (Cobb 42, Kleinveldt 10)

    Target 167

    Well played, James Faulkner. Three singles from the final deliveries leaves the Steelbacks requiring 21 runs from the final set of six.

    And Gavin Griffiths, who only made his T20 debut earlier this after, will be tasked with bowling the last over of the match.

    Lancashire are in the box seat.

  22. Northants 143-5 (Cobb 41, Kleinveldt 8)

    Target 167

    A single for Josh Cobb and then a dot from James Faulkner, before Rory Kleinveldt manages to guide the next delivery behind square for four on the offside. Northants are just clinging in there.

  23. Northants 138-5 (Cobb 40, Kleinveldt 4)

    Target 167

    Rory Kleinveldt is next in then. He manages to work his first ball for four too, but Gavin Griffiths rescues a dot from his final delivery.

    Now 29 needed from 12. James Faulkner is back on the pitch and, like an absolute trooper, back into the attack.

  24. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: What a brilliant moment for a youngster when you've got Afridi going for you. This could be the turning moment.
  25. WICKET Afridi (c Livingstone b Griffiths 26)

    Northants 133-5 (Cobb 39) Target 167

    But Gavin Griffiths has his breakthrough with the very next delivery, as Shahid Afridi attempts to go big into the off side, only to be caught on the deep cover boundary by Liam Livingstone.

    At this stage, Lancashire were 140-6.

  26. Dropped catch

    Northants 133-4 (Cobb 39, Afridi 26) Target 167

    Oh Alex Davies, what have you done there?

    Gavin Griffiths is launched by Josh Cobb high into the Birmingham sky - but is dropped by Davies.

  27. Northants 131-4 (Cobb 38, Afridi 25)

    Target 167

    Two singles off the first three deliveries is followed by a really well-struck four down the ground for Josh Cobb to keep Northants in the game.

    But again two dots from Arron Lilley, the second superbly fielded off his own bowling, keeps the Steelbacks behind the eight ball.

    Thirty-six from the last three overs. Time for some Shahid Afridi magic, I reckon.

  28. Northants 125-4 (Cobb 33, Afridi 24)

    Target 167

    To add insult to injury, Shahid Afridi then lifts his next ball over the wicketkeeper for four.

    He does rescue a plucky dot ball from the final delivery though, meaning Northants now need 42 off 24.

    Arron Lilley is into the attack, James Faulkner is off the pitch.

  29. Northants 121-4 (Cobb 33, Afridi 20)

    Target 167

    Ouch, ouch, ouch.

    Shahid Afridi flat bats a short delivery straight back to James Faulkner, who puts it down around knee height.

    But, while I may cruelly call it a dropped catch, the Australia all-rounder had little to no chance of snaffling that - and it looks like he's done some serious damage to his little finger too.

    The camera pans to Faulkner as he appears to have it put back into place by the physio. Not pretty. It is, at least, his non-bowling hand so he'll soldier on.

  30. Northants 118-4 (Cobb 31, Afridi 19)

    Target 167

    Lancashire are still favourites, make no mistake about that, but they'll really want to split this partnership before it all starts to get out of hand.

    George Edwards's latest over goes for 15, including one massive Josh Cobb six down the ground.

    Northants need 49 from 30 balls.

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  32. Northants 103-4 (Cobb 19, Afridi 16)

    Target 167

    Northants are just about hanging in there, with 64 required from 36 deliveries. Fourteen came from that last Steven Croft over.

    They'll need another six overs like that, will the Steelbacks.

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  34. Northants 99-4 (Cobb 16, Afridi 15)

    Target 167

    Shahid Afridi has really caught hold of that one, absolutely battering a massive six over cow corner!

  35. Northants 91-4 (Cobb 15, Afridi 8)

    Target 167

    Stephen Parry will bowl the last of his four then, and he restricts the Steelbacks to a Shahid Afridi boundary past deep extra cover and a handful of singles.

    Parry ends with figures of 1-23.

  36. Northants 82-4 (Cobb 14, Afridi 1)

    Target 167

    Don't fancy playing yourself in then, Shahid? Afridi smashes his first ball high into the sky, but it just about falls between two Lancashire fielders. Very, very fortunate.

  37. Post update

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Edgbaston

    "Until those dismissals of Ben Duckett and Steven Crook, you felt this final was still very much in the balance.

    "But Lancashire's use of spin has once again turned the screw and an asking rate of more than 10-an-over looks like it could be well beyond Northants.

    "However, there's still a man called Afridi in the Northants side who could turn a game on his own."


  38. WICKET Crook (c Lilley, b Croft 2)

    Northants 81-4 (Cobb 13) Target 167

    Steven Croft is back into the attack now and, after five runs from the first four deliveries, has Steven Crook caught on the boundary.

    Shahid Afridi on his way to the middle. Northants need him to go big, there's no doubt about that.

  39. Post update

    Stephen Moore

    Former Lancashire opener on BBC Radio Lancashire

    Quote Message: The one thing I thought Northants might have done was bring Afridi in at this point because if they carry on in this manner, with the spinners bowling, Lancashire have this one in the bag.
  40. Northants 76-3 (Cobb 9, Crook 1)

    Target 167

    A really good over that from Stephen Parry, with the wicket of Ben Duckett and only two singles from it.

    Lancashire are well and truly back on top once more.

  41. WICKET Duckett (lbw Parry 20)

    Northants 74-3 (Cobb 8) Target 167

    But, as has been the case so far in this Steelbacks innings, just as a partnership begins to grow, Lancashire find another wicket.

    This time 29-year-old spinner Stephen Parry traps Ben Duckett plumb jam in front, just as he was about things moving along nicely too.

  42. Northants 74-2 (Cobb 8, Duckett 20)

    Target 167

    Ben Duckett

    Arron Lilley continues in tandem with Stephen Parry, but his first delivery is clubbed to the mid-wicket boundary for four by Ben Duckett. A couple of singles later and Duckett again finds the rope, this time sneaking one down to fine leg.

    Northants need 93 from the last 10 overs.

  43. Northants 63-2 (Cobb 7, Duckett 10)

    Target 167

    It may well be that Northants' hopes rest on the young shoulders of Ben Duckett, who at the tender age of 20 has three first-class centuries to his name this season and over 1,000 runs in all competitions.

    He certainly isn't lacking confidence, attempting a couple of switch hits midway through Stephen Parry's second over - the second of which is brilliantly lofted for four.

    Eight from that over is a bit more like it from the Steelbacks.

  44. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Former England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The danger here is that Parry is bowling a pace that's getting a bit of grip on the pitch. You would have thought someone like Willey would have liked facing this.
  45. Northants 55-2 (Cobb 5, Duckett 4)

    Target 167

    Arron Lilley is into the match now, meaning we'll have spin at both ends - and in all likelihood we'll be racing through the next few overs.

    Just three singles came from that first Lilley over.

    Northants are in danger of just slipping uncomfortably behind the required rate.

  46. Northants 50-2 (Cobb 2, Duckett 2)

    Target 167

    Stephen Parry is the leading wicket-taker in this year's T20 Blast, with 24 wickets to his name.

    And Josh Cobb and Ben Duckett are understandably approaching his bowling with a degree of caution, settling for four singles from his first set of six.

  47. Northants 48-2 (Cobb 1, Duckett 1)

    Target 167

    That's the end of the powerplay then, and Lancashire will be delighted to have sent Richard Levi and David Willey back to the hutch.

    Two new batsmen in the middle, Josh Cobb and Ben Duckett. Stephen Parry into the attack.

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    Jonathan Trott

    Warwickshire batsman on Test Match Special

    Quote Message: "I remember Faulkner chirping in his first ever Test match. KP told him it'd be his only Test. He still hasn't played another."
  49. WICKET Willey (c Lilley b Faulkner 24)

    Northants 45-2 (Cobb 0) Target 167

    James Faulkner

    Is that the key wicket? The key moment for Lancashire?

    David Willey goes for the big hook shot off James Faulkner, but only top edges it high into the Birmingham sky.

    Arron Lilley is under it, watching, waiting - and taking a very decent catch.

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  51. Northants 41-1 (Cobb 0, Willey 24)

    Target 167

    George Edwards to continue then, but he gets the David Willey treatment, as the Northants opener clubs two fours in quick successive, the first a slapped full toss through the covers and the second a lofted drive over mid-off.

    A nice comeback from Edwards though, producing a perfect slower-ball yorker to end the over, which Willey just about keeps out before scampering a single.

  52. Post update

    Lee Daggett

    Former Northants seam bowler on BBC Radio Northampton

    Quote Message: They're still working their way to a decent total in six overs. We've said somewhere over 40 is a decent total in the powerplay and that remains the case.
  53. WICKET Levi (c Davies b Faulkner 16)

    Northants 32-1 (Willey 15) Target 167

    Richard Levi has gone now though, caught by Alex Davies at mid-off off the bowling of James Faulkner. A decent end to an over that had gone for just seven prior to that final ball.

  54. Northants 31-0 (Levi 16, Willey 14)

    Target 167

    And there's the first six of Northants' innings, as David Willey launches a slow, long-hop from James Faulkner high over the mid-wicket boundary.

    It's dropped by a man in the crowd draped in a bishop outfit, for what it's worth.

  55. Post update

    Stephen Moore

    Former Lancashire opener on BBC Radio Lancashire

    Quote Message: The way Levi hits it, you only have to give a semblance of a gap and it's off. You can't afford to bowl any width outside off stump.
  56. Northants 25-0 (Levi 16, Willey 8)

    Target 167

    But then Richard Levi thumps a super cover drive for four off the next ball, almost one-handed by the time he connected with it, before a wayward wide down the leg side from George Edwards follows.

    Seven from the over. Lancashire were 27-0 at this stage of their innings.

    James Faulkner to continue with ball in hand.

  57. Northants 18-0 (Levi 11, Willey 7)

    Target 167

    George Edwards is into the attack now, as Lancashire skipper Steven Croft adopts the same policy as he did earlier in the day, rotating his bowlers in the opening overs.

    Richad Levi and David Willey nudge and nurdle three runs from the first three balls.

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  59. Northants 15-0 (Levi 9, Willey 6)

    Target 167

    Gavin Griffiths will take the new ball at the other end, playing in only his second T20 having remarkably made his debut in the semi-final win over Hampshire.

    And Richard Levi, normally most comfortable launching bowlers to the legside, twice cuts for four into the offside - though the second of those boundaries should've been prevented by James Faulkner in the field.

  60. Northants 6-0 (Levi 1, Willey 5)

    Target 167

    A couple of dot to open up with, before a speedy single for Richard Levi and then a nicely guided four from David Willey down to third man.

    Six from the first over. A steady start.

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  62. Game on!

    David Willey and Richard Levi will open the batting for Northants, Steven Croft the bowling for Lancashire. The Steelbacks need 167 for victory.

    Let's get to business.

  63. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Former England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I think there's a danger, now the pitch looks better, that if Northants were to look a bit tentative then they could find themselves on the back foot. They've got to come out and play their natural game. What is exciting is that we're looking at a really good match.
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    What do we reckon then? Do Lancashire have enough? Can Northants chase this down?

    Let us know via #bbccricket on Twitter.

  65. Post update

    Shahid Afridi

    Northants all-rounder talking to BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Obviously you always enjoy a performance like this. I was worried they would hit 190 or maybe 200 but that was a good spell and in the end, the fast bowlers bowled well, as well.
  66. Northants require 167 to win

    Well that was a little bit more like it, wasn't it?

    After six sixes across the two semi-finals, the Red Rose did at least manage four of them in that innings, two of them courtesy of Jos Buttler.


    Lancashire 166-7 (Lilley 20, Parry 1)

    And Arron Lilley has boshed it for six over cow corner!

    Lancashire finish up with 166-7, meaning Northants require 167 to win their second T20 Blast title in three years.

  68. Lancashire 160-7 (Lilley 14, Parry 1)

    More quality death bowling from Azharullah, forcing Lancashire to deal in singles.

    Final ball of the innings...

  69. WICKET Croft (run out 9)

    Lancashire 156-7 (Lilley 13)

    A dot from the first ball, and then Steven Croft is run out backing up!

    Here comes Stephen Parry. Four deliveries to go.

  70. Lancashire 156-6 (Croft 9, Lilley 13)

    So after five more runs from the last three balls, Northants just about beat the cut off time - with all of about 90 seconds to spare!

    Azharullah will have the final over. Arron Lilley will face the first delivery.

  71. Lancashire 151-6 (Croft 9, Lilley 8)

    Rory Kleinveldt will have the penultimate over and, after a single for Steven Croft from the first ball, Arron Lilley clips the next to the boundary and Kleinveldt then follows that up with four wides down the leg side. Poor bowling.

  72. Lancashire 142-6 (Croft 8, Lilley 4)

    The reason David Willey was in a rush was because Northants need to have started their 20th over before 20:05 BST. Time is really ticking.

    Azharullah is back on and the ball is reversing for him a little here as well. Another really tidy set from him too, bowling yorker after yorker to suffocate Steven Croft and Arron Lilley.

    Seven come from it.

  73. Lancashire 135-6 (Croft 3, Lilley 2)

    A really decent over that from David Willey too, with just five runs coming from it.

    Lancashire have lost four wickets for 13 runs over the course of the last 18 deliveries. It's been quite a collapse from the Red Rose county.

  74. Post update

    Jonathan Trott

    Warwickshire batsman on Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I think it's a crucial time for Lancashire's batsmen. You've got to think, get bat on ball here and if we get boundaries then that's a bonus.
  75. Lancashire 132-6 (Croft 1, Lilley 1)

    That was all rather eventful from Shahid Afridi, wasn't it? Two wickets, two runs and very nearly a stumping off that set of six.

    'Boom Boom' ends with figures of 3-14. Superb.

    David Willey is into the attack now, and he looks in a hurry too - Northants may well be a little pushed for time to get their overs in.

  76. Umpire review

    Lancashire 131-6 (Croft 0, Lilley 1)

    Arron Lilley is the next man in and, having survived his first delivery, gets a single from the second.

    And now we'll have an umpire review for a stumping against Steven Croft, who has finally faced his first ball - but he'd just about got his foot back in time.

  77. WICKET Livingstone (b Afridi 0)

    Lancashire 130-6 (Croft 0)

    Oh my, and another! Shahid Afridi has clean bowled Liam Livingstone and is on a hat-trick!

    What a comeback this has been from Northants.

  78. WICKET Faulkner (c Levi b Afridi 5)

    Lancashire 130-5 (Croft 0)

    And another! Shahid Afridi into the attack, and James Faulkner can only clip the first delivery to Richard Levi at mid-on.

  79. Lancashire 130-4 (Faulkner 5, Croft 0)

    Two new batsmen at the crease then, with James Faulkner joining captain Steven Croft in the middle.

    The Australia all-rounder gets four from his first ball too, before taking a single off the last delivery of that two-wicket over to keep the strike.

  80. WICKET Prince (c Levi b Willey 43)

    Lancashire 125-4 (Croft 0)

    But he's got his man this time. David Willey this time sends a slower-ball bouncer down, which Ashwell Prince is unable to guide over Richard Levi, who snaffles a comfortable catch.

    Northants really are right back in this.

  81. Lancashire 124-3 (Prince 43, Croft 0)

    Goodness me, and from the very next delivery David Willey so very nearly bowls Ashwell Prince, with only a bit of late swing saving the veteran opening batsman.

  82. Post update

    Stephen Moore

    Former Lancashire opener on BBC Radio Lancashire

    Quote Message: You can see what Jos is trying to do but it just doesn't quite come on, he takes his hands off the bat and slices it and Josh Cobb takes the catch.
  83. WICKET Buttler (c Cobb b Willey 27)

    Lancashire 123-3 (Prince 41)

    That could be a big wicket!

    David Willey comes back for his second spell and instantly Jos Buttler goes after his England one-day team-mate, but can only skew an attempted slog high into the offside, which Josh Cobb races in off the boundary to catch smartly on the dive.

  84. Lancashire 123-2 (Prince 41, Buttler 27)

    A reasonable comeback from Olly Stone following an ugly wide down the legside, as he tucks Ashwell Prince up and has the experienced South African scampering down the other end for a panicky single.

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  86. Lancashire 118-2 (Prince 40, Buttler 25)

    This is looking a bit ominous for the Steelbacks. Olly Stone is back into the attack but his second ball is guided nicely through the covers and beyond David Willey's despairing dive.

    The runs continue to stack up.

  87. Post update

    Stephen Peters

    Former Northants batsman on BBC Radio Northampton

    Quote Message: Things aren't quite going our way at the moment but we will be thinking, if we get rid of Buttler and Prince, there's only Faulkner left in the shed. A couple of quick wickets again here and it might give us a bit of hope.
  88. Lancashire 111-2 (Prince 34, Buttler 25)

    Jos Buttler has his eye in here, climbing into another floaty delivery from Graeme White and clobbering it over cow corner.

    Sixteen from the over. And 'WASP' now says Lancashire are on for 175, which you'd have thought would leave them strong favourites.

  89. Lancashire 103-2 (Prince 33, Buttler 18)

    Big from Jos Buttler! Very, very big!

    A couple of strides down the pitch to Graeme White and a huge six launched down the ground and into the black netting behind the bowler.

    A mini search party is sent in to find the missing ball too and, when a youngster with a Lancashire shirt on eventually emerges with it, he gets one of the biggest cheers of the day.

  90. Lancashire 95-2 (Prince 31, Buttler 11)

    Shahid Afridi is into his third over now, and it's all very sedate, with five singles and a dot from that one.

    What's a good score here then? What will Lancashire be happy with? What will Northants be happy with?

  91. Lancashire 90-2 (Prince 30, Buttler 8)

    A single, a two and a dot from the first three balls - then an excellent reverse sweep from Jos Buttler gets the former Somerset man up and running.

    The run rate is up at 8.18 at the end of that over. They're on for the biggest total of the day, are Lancashire.

  92. Post update

    Jonathan Trott

    Warwickshire batsman on Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I feel perhaps Brown felt the ball glanced his thigh pad and felt it's going to go away, so maybe he thought it had gone.
  93. Lancashire 80-2 (Prince 27, Buttler 1)

    England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is next in. Can he offer us a bit of magic with the bat?

    He and Ashwell Prince exchange singles from the remaining two deliveries, so Josh Cobb's back on for a second set of six.

  94. WICKET Brown (st Duckett b Afridi 0)

    Lancashire 78-2 (Prince 26)

    And like buses, when one arrives another one soon comes along.

    Shahid Afridi bamboozles new batsman Karl Brown, beating him all ends up around his legs, prompting wicketkeeper Ben Duckett to appeal for a catch.

    However, realising Brown was out of his ground, Duckett then takes the decision out of the umpire's hands by whipping the bails off.

    Game on?

  95. WICKET Davies (b Cobb 47)

    Lancashire 77-1 (Prince 25)

    A tidy start to the over limits Lancashire to a handful of singles - and then the breakthrough, at last!

    Josh Cobb didn't bowl in the semi-final, but he's broken this partnership finally, clean bowling Alex Davies.

    An excellent innings from Davies, whose knock of 47 came from 26 balls and was his best in T20 cricket.

  96. Post update

    Stephen Moore

    Former Lancashire opener on BBC Radio Lancashire

    Quote Message: Lancashire have obviously had a chat since the semi-final and they look really calm. They have a game plan and they're playing it really well.
  97. Lancashire 71-0 (Prince 23, Davies 43)

    Shahid Afridi mixes things up quite nicely there, with a couple of dots followed by four singles.

    Josh Cobb will have a crack with his leg breaks now, as Northants skipper Alex Wakely continues to go in search of a wicket.

    It's looking like a good toss to have lost for Lancashire now, isn't it?

  98. Post update

    Lee Daggett

    Former Northants seam bowler on BBC Radio Northampton

    Quote Message: It's very good batting from Davies. It's not panic stations for Northants, they've been in plenty of situations like this and turned it round.
  99. Lancashire 67-0 (Prince 22, Davies 40)

    A pair of twos from the final two balls means 15 came from that Graeme White over. Northants really need to break this partnership.

    The man tasked with that very job? Shahid Afridi, of course.

  100. Lancashire 63-0 (Prince 22, Davies 36)

    Graeme White is into the attack for Northants now - and he's taken a bit of punishment straight away.

    Four into the offside from Alex Davies, and then our first maximum of the final down the ground. That's more like it!

  101. Post update

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Edgbaston

    "Is the bat finally dominating the ball on this pitch?

    "Lancashire have responded to being put in to bat by Northants with real intent and have set about dominating the bowlers in this powerplay.

    "Edgbaston looks a picture and the crowd are enjoying both the action on the pitch and the evening sunshine here.

    "And on that note comes a rendition of Hey Jude from the thousands in the stands."

  102. Lancashire 52-0 (Prince 21, Davies 26)

    Three singles and a dot from the opening four deliveries initially keeps the opening batsmen honest, but Alex Davies breaks the monotony by launching a one-bounce four over mid-off.

    And then a flicked four into the vacant third-man area takes Lancashire's powerplay score to 52-0.

    A sixless opening six overs, but the Red Rose are going along nicely.

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  104. Lancashire 41-0 (Prince 19, Davies 18)

    Azharullah is into the attack for Northants, and Ben Duckett is up to the stumps once more. Can the 31-year-old, who has really forged a reputation as a fine death bowler in this format, find a breakthrough?

  105. Lancashire 41-0 (Prince 19, Davies 18)

    Olly Stone touched 90mph in the semi-final victory over Hampshire earlier on, but his accuracy isn't quite matching his speed just yet here, as his second ball is called a wide.

    Now, a slower ball has the youngster appealing for an lbw against Ashwell Prince, but it's a touch too high.

    And then, as is often the case, Prince clobbers the next delivery for a lofted four into the leg side, and then rushes through for a single. Nine from the over.

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    Jonathan Trott

    Warwickshire batsman on Test Match Special

    Quote Message: They're not hitting the ball in the air and they're not trusting the bounce of the wicket. They've nearly got fifty already and both teams batting first in the last two games today would have taken that.
  107. Lancashire 32-0 (Prince 13, Davies 17)

    Three singles from the first three balls of David Willey's second over prompts wicketkeeper Ben Duckett to stand up to the stumps, and the England all-rounder subsequently takes a slice of pace off the ball.

    A couple of dots later and Duckett returns to his original position, and it'll be a leg bye from the final delivery. Lancashire have taken the sting out of things quite nicely here.

    Olly Stone is into the attack.

  108. Lancashire 27-0 (Prince 12, Davies 15)

    An excellent over from the Red Rose county, as Ashwell Prince and then Alex Davies both help themselves to boundaries either side of a hurried single. And here comes Davies again, this time squirting a shot behind square and to the rope for four more.

    No fireworks, but a very solid start.

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  110. Lancashire 14-0 (Prince 7, Davies 7)

    David Willey is into the attack now, but he's not quite started the final like he did the semi-final earlier, as Alex Davies guides his first delivery to the offside boundary.

    Four singles and a dot come from the next five balls - certainly a much calmer opening than we've come accustomed to today.

    South African seamer Rory Kleinveldt will continue.

  111. Lancashire 6-0 (Prince 5, Davies 1)

    After a couple of dots from the opening two deliveries, 38-year-old Ashwell Prince flays the bat at a wide one for four down past backward point.

    A couple of singles from the last two balls means six come off the first over.

    The atmosphere inside sunny Edgbaston sounds terrific - and a little rowdy too.

  112. Teams are out

    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    Lancashire openers Alex Davies and Ashwell Prince follow the Northants fielders onto the pitch.

    Only 500 runs were scored across the two semi-finals - the lowest ever on a Finals Day - so what can the batsmen do here?

    Rory Kleinveldt will open the bowling for the Steelbacks.

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    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    So which way do you see this final going? Have the two orders saved all their big hitting for the showpiece?

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  114. Lancashire to make history?

    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    Andrew Flintoff

    Surprisingly, unlike Northants this is a trophy Lancashire have yet to win. Six-times semi-finalists and three-times finalists, but never victors.

    Twelve months ago they were beaten at the last hurdle by Birmingham Bears - despite some late heroics from the returning Andrew Flintoff - but perhaps they'll be favourites to go one better tonight?

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  116. Northants have history

    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    David Willey

    Back in 2013, David Willey had undoubtedly his finest night in a Northants shirt to date.

    The all-rounder smashed 60 off 27 deliveries and then ended the match with a hat-trick as the Steelbacks beat Surrey to win their first domestic T20 title on this very ground.

    It was their first one-day trophy since 1992 - and they'll be hoping they won't have to wait that long again this time around.

  117. Team news

    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    Both sides have confirmed they will remain unchanged for the final.

    Northants: Levi, Willey, Cobb, Duckett, Wakely (c), Crook, Afridi, Kleinveldt, White, Stone, Azharullah.

    Lancashire: Davies, Prince, Brown, Croft (c), Livingstone, Buttler, Faulkner, Lilley, Parry, Griffiths, Edwards.

  118. Semi-final recap

    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)


    Lancashire reached their second successive T20 Blast final, beating Hampshire by six wickets in a low-scoring second semi-final at Edgbaston.

    Skipper James Vince (69) was the only batsman to adjust to conditions as Hampshire were dismissed for just 115.

    Spinners Stephen Parry and Arron Lilley combined to take five wickets for only 32 runs for the Red Rose county.

    Karl Brown hit an unbeaten 45 to guide Lancashire to 119-4 and set up a clash with Northants in the final.

  119. Semi-final recap

    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    Richard Levi

    In the day's first semi-final, holders Birmingham Bears were unable to capitalise on home advantage as they were beaten by Northants.

    David Willey had Birmingham on the back foot early on with three wickets in his first eight balls to leave them 14-4.

    Ateeq Javid's maiden T20 half-century off 49 balls helped the Bears reach a creditable 131-6.

    But Richard Levi struck 63 off 46 balls as 2013 champions Northants progressed to the final by five wickets.

  120. Post update

    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    Toss graphic

    But will Lancashire skipper Steven Croft be all that disappointed? The omens may well be on his side...


    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    Northants Steelbacks captain Alex Wakely has won the toss and elected to the field first, just as he did for their semi-final against Birmingham Bears this morning.

  122. Time for the toss

    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    Captains Steven Croft and Alex Wakely are on their way into the middle for the toss. Bat or bowl first? Watch this space...

  123. Welcome back

    Northants v Lancashire (18:45 BST)

    T20 Blast

    Eighteen counties kicked off their T20 Blast campaign a whopping 106 days ago, all in search of Finals Day glory.

    But now only two remain standing.

    And so, after a couple of entertaining, albeit low-scoring semi-finals, it's time for Northants Steelbacks and Lancashire Lightning to do battle for the main prize.

    The T20 Blast final at Edgbaston gets under way at 18:45 BST.

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  125. Post update

    So, we're going to take a short break from the text commentary - but we'll be back at 18:10 BST when my colleague Brendon Mitchell will be bringing you news of the teams and toss and will take you through to the moment the trophy is handed over.

    And don't forget you'll also be able to listen to live commentary on the final from Test Match Special, BBC Radio Northampton and BBC Radio Lancashire . Just click the live coverage tab at the top of the page and choose the stream of your choice. 

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  127. The stage is set..

    Northants Steelbacks

    So, it's Northants Steelbacks v Lancashire Lightning in this year's T20 Blast final. The 2013 winners against a side that have yet to lift the silverware in this competition. 

    In previous T20 encounters, it's been Lancashire that have had the edge, winning four out of six.

    There are similarities between the sides. They both have a left-arm pace bowling all-rounder - David Willey for Northants and James Faulkner for Lancashire. They both have a South African in their top order, Richard Levi for Northants, Ashwell Prince for Lancashire. They both have a perhaps underrated captain, Alex Wakely for Northants, Steven Croft for Lancashire.

    So who will win? We don't have long to wait to find out. The final starts at 18:45 BST.


    Lancashire skipper Steven Croft told Sky Sports:

    "We would have liked to have done it maybe two or three overs before, but it was a good chase, Jimmy (Faulkner) is a cool finisher and Browny (Karl Brown) anchored the innings really well.

    "Seam and spin, we bowled really well. We assessed the pitch really quickly and found that pace off was probably the way to go, and the bowlers were excellent.

    "We haven't played our complete game yet and hopefully that will come in the final."


    Hampshire skipper James Vince told Sky Sports:

    "The wicket was slow. At the start, we set out to get 150-160 but probably not even that would have been a winning score in the end.

    "As we lost wickets, our target came down, but we never really had a big partnership - and we kept losing wickets right the way through.

    "On a wicket like that you've got to try and keep wickets in the locker for the back end, but we lost wickets regularly and it made it pretty tough."


    Lancashire 119-4 (18.5 overs) v Hampshire 115 (19.5 overs)

    You wait 18 overs for a six and, like buses, two come along one after the another. Chris Wood strays onto leg stump and James Faulkner deposits the ball into the crowd.

    The next ball is sightly straighter, but Faulkner now has his eye in and repeats the dose, sending Lancashire Lightning through to face Northants in this evening's final.

  131. Lancashire 105-4 (Brown 45, Faulkner 6)

    Target 116

    It's back to seam for Hampshire and Yasir Arafat, who bowled a single over for 10 runs earlier on. Still plenty of singing from the crowd, who have yet to see a six in this game.

    A slow bouncer foxes James Faulkner, who fails to make contact. Lancashire are finding it hard to time the ball and a poor over next up, and this could still be an interesting finish.

  132. Lancashire 100-4 (Brown 43, Faulkner 3)

    Target 116

    Karl Brown hoists Will Smith into the leg-side, but it's only good for two. 

    James Faulkner collects a single from the final ball, courtesy of a mis-field, as Lancashire's total reaches 100 - 16 left from 18 balls. 

  133. Lancashire 94-4 (Brown 39, Faulkner 1)

    Target 116

    Lancashire can't throw this away, can they? Australian James Faulkner comes out as they look to finish the job.

    Karl Brown is looking composed at the other end.

    Karl Brown
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    Jonathan Trott

    Warwickshire batsman on Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The wind would have been pushing across him and he was facing the sun. He's done very well and got his team back a bit of momentum.
  135. WICKET Buttler (c Ervine b Briggs 10)

    Lancashire 91-4 (Brown 37) Target 116

    Jos Buttler effortlessly lofts Danny Briggs over extra cover for four and is so pleased with the stroke, he tries it again from the next delivery - only problem is that Sean Ervine pulls off a stunning two-handed diving catch just inside the rope.

  136. Lancashire 87-3 (Brown 37, Buttler 6)

    Target 116

    Will Smith gets away with a long hop as Lancashire can only pick up a single.

    Jos Buttler tries a reverse sweep, but it only brings him one with four in total from the over. 

  137. Lancashire 83-3 (Brown 35, Buttler 4)

    Target 116

    More tidy bowling by Liam Dawson, who ends his four overs with 0-19. Lancashire content to eschew any further risk-taking - and who can blame them in their position?

  138. Lancashire 79-3 (Brown 32, Buttler 3)

    Target 116

    England's Jos Buttler strides to the middle and flashes his first delivery towards third man for three runs. 37 needed from 42 balls.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Because it's that bit shorter it gripped. Croft trying to put a bit of power on it, but just couldn't get it away.
  140. WICKET Croft (c Dawson b Smith 9)

    Lancashire 76-3 (Brown 32) Target 116

    Will Smith comes on for some gentle off-spin and Steven Croft obligingly hits his third ball down deep mid-wicket's throat.

  141. Lancashire 74-2 (Brown 32, Croft 7)

    Target 116

    Lancashire content to pick up singles as Danny Briggs gets through a tidy over for Hampshire. 

    But surely they need three or four wickets in quick succession if they are to have a chance?

  142. Post update

    Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins isn't too impressed with Finals Day so far...

  143. Lancashire 69-2 (Brown 30, Croft 4)

    Target 116

    So, 58 needed from the final 60 deliveries. Piece of cake?

    Karl Brown edges one for four and then gets enough on a pull through mid-wicket to beat two boundary riders and pick up another.

  144. Lancashire 58-2 (Brown 21, Croft 3)

    Target 116

    At the half-way stage of their innings, Hampshire were 69-3, so Lancashire are behind the rate in that regard - and they are unlucky to only have two men out as James Vince's throw just misses the stumps at the bowler's end with Karl Brown well short.

  145. Lancashire 55-2 (Brown 19, Croft 2)

    Target 116

    On all the evidence so far, spinners are going have a major say in which team takes the trophy home tonight - and Liam Dawson sends down an excellent maiden for Hampshire. 

    Lancashire still clear favourites, but plenty for them to think about.

  146. Lancashire 55-2 (Brown 19, Croft 2)

    Target 116

    Steven Croft comes to the middle with his Lancashire side well on course for the final, despite the loss of Alex Davies. He is soon under way with a couple of singles.

  147. Post update

    Captain Steven Croft is the new man at the crease for Lancashire.

    Steven Croft Info
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