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By Gary Smee, Josh Hunt and Paul Grunill

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T20 Blast thrills on opening night

What a first night of T20 Blast drama we've had.

Worcestershire opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore began proceedings with one of the best centuries you are ever likely to see - eventually smashing 127 off 54 balls.

There were also fine knocks from Sussex's Ross Taylor, Birmingham Bears' Sam Hain, Northamptonshire's Richard Levi and Kent duo Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond.

But I'm afraid that's all we've got time for this evening.

We'll be back on Sunday with live text coverage and radio commentary from the County Championship and return next Friday with more from the T20 Blast.

Until then, goodbye.

Mahmood sets up Surrey win with bat and ball

Surrey 170-8 (20 overs) beat Essex 162 (19.4 overs) by eight runs

Azhar Mahmood celebrates
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Veteran all-rounder Azhar Mahmood scored 42 with the bat before taking four wickets as Surrey beat Essex by eight runs in a tense game at Chelmsford.

Mahmood helped Surrey recover from 80-6 to post 170-8, with good support from Tom Curran (32).

The 41-year-old then took 4-38 as Essex fell to 162 all out. 

Levi fifty sets up Northants win

Northants 168-5 (17.5 overs) beat Leicestershire 178-5 (20 overs) by five wickets (D/L)

Richard Levi's 61 off 29 balls helped Northants to a five-wicket victory over Leicestershire in a rain-affected game at Grace Road.

The Northants opener was out before a rain shower saw their target revised, but Ben Duckett (37 not out) saw the 2013 champions over the line.

Earlier, Umar Akmal's unbeaten 52 had guided Leicestershire to 178-5. 

Hain leads Bears past Notts

Birmingham 185-4 (19.4 overs) beat Nottinghamshire 179-7 (20 overs) by two wickets

Birmingham Bears celebrate wicket
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Sam Hain's unbeaten 92 from 54 balls on his T20 Blast debut helped Birmingham chase down Nottinghamshire's 179-7 with two balls to spare at Trent Bridge. 

Riki Wessels was the only Outlaws player to pass 50 runs, as Jeetan Patel's 3-23 kept the hosts to a manageable total.

Rain helps Sussex beat Glos

Sussex 242-5 (20 overs) beat Gloucestershire 83-1 (7.3 overs) by 1 run on D/L method

Ross Taylor
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Sussex hit a club-record 242-5 in the first innings at Bristol, with New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor's blistering 93 from 48 deliveries the highlight of a brilliant 20 overs of cricket.

Gloucestershire put themselves in with a chance, reaching 83-1 after 7.3 overs thanks in no small part to Michael Klinger's unbeaten 42, but heavy rain set in to prevent any further play with the hosts just one short of their Duckworth-Lewis target.

Kent openers share 150 stand in win

Kent 200-2 (17.2 overs) beat Somerset 197-7 (20 overs) by eight wickets

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly took Somerset's bowlers apart as Kent cruised to an eight-wicket win at Canterbury.

Bell-Drummond (83 not out) and Denly (75) smashed eight sixes between them as Kent chased down a target of 198 with 16 balls to spare.

Somerset made 197-7 thanks to skipper Jim Allenby's 91 and Peter Trego's 30-ball 57.

Kohler-Cadmore hits 127 off 54 balls

Worcestershire 225-6 (20 overs) beat Durham 187-8 (20 overs) by 38 runs

Tom Kohler-Cadmore's breathtaking 43-ball century set up a comfortable win for Worcestershire over Durham at New Road.

The opener hit 14 fours and eight sixes as Worcestershire piled up 225-6.

Phil Mustard made 64 for Durham in reply, but Joe Leach's 5-33 ensured victory for the Rapids.


T20 Blast - opening night

Worcestershire 225-6 (20 ovs) v Durham 187-8 (20 ovs) - Worcestershire win by 38 runs

Nottinghamshire 179-7 (20 ovs) v Birmingham Bears 185-4 (19.4 ovs) - Birmingham Bears win by six wickets

Gloucestershire 83-1 (7.3 ovs) v Sussex 242-5 (20 ovs) - Sussex win by one run (D/L method)

Leicestershire 178-5 (20 ovs) v Northants 168-5 (17.5/18 ovs) - Northants win by five wickets (D/L method)  

Kent 200-2 (17.2 ovs) v Somerset 197-7 (20 ovs) - Kent win by eight wickets

Essex 162 (19.4 ovs) v Surrey 170-8 (20 ovs) - Surrey win by eight runs

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Surrey 170-8 beat Essex 162 by eight runs

Azhar Mahmood

After a fortuitous under-edge boundary to fine leg, Azhar Mahmood wraps up victory for Surrey with two balls remaining by banging one in short which Matt Quinn fails to middle, giving the bowler a simple return catch. 

All-rounder Mahmood finishes with 4-38, with Tom Curran taking 3-21, as Essex are left to rue a poor start to their innings which saw them reduced to 26-3.

WICKET Dixon (b Mahmood 1)

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 156-9 (19.1 overs)

A slower ball by Azhar Mahmood, Matt Dixon slogs across the line, goodnight Vienna. Surrey almost there.....

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 156-8 (19 overs)

Neither Wahab Riaz nor Matt Dixon can find the boundary from the final four balls of the penultimate over at Chelmsford, so Essex need 15 from the final six balls of the game. Looks a tall order. Azhar Mahmood has the ball in hand.

WICKET Napier (c Burke b T Curran 19)

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 154-8 (18.2 overs)

Two in two balls to the same bowler/fielder combination as Graham Napier attempts another big hit, but miscues badly. There is no hat-trick, though, as Wahab Riaz plays into the off-side.

WICKET Foster (c Burke b T Curran 5)

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 154-7 (18.1 overs)

James Foster attempts a slog sweep at the start of a new over, but doesn't get hold of it properly and picks out James Burke on the leg-side boundary - 17 needed, 11 balls left.

Napier clears the rope

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 154-6 (18 overs)

Azhar Mahmood fails to complete a hat-trick as he returns for the 18th over and is immediately hammered for six by Graham Napier - who produces another to end it, with Essex adding 19 to their total. 

Ashar Zaidi is gone, however, trapped lbw by Sam Curran in the previous over, after making 30 off 15 balls.

Ashar Zaidi falls lbw to Tom Curran


Northamptonshire 168-5 beat Leicestershire 178-5 by five wickets (D/L method)

Sri Lankan signing Seekkuge Prasanna hits the penultimate ball of the game for six to see Northants past their revised target of 164 at the Fischer County Ground. 

The 2013 champions needed seven off the final over, bowled by Ben Raine, and lost Alex Wakely, who was caught superbly on the boundary by Rob Taylor. Ben Duckett (37 not out) collected a four and a single, before Prasanna cleared the rope from his first ball faced to end the match.

WICKET Ten Doeschate (c Sangakkara b T Curran 36)

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 126-5 (15.2 overs)

Ashar Zaidi and Ryan ten Doeschate hit sixes off Gareth Batty, either side of the latter being dropped. But Ten Doeschate's luck runs out in the next over as a pull shot comes off the top half of the bat and the catch is held at deep square leg.

Zaidi revives Essex

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 107-4 (14 overs)

Ashar Zaidi announces himself with two fours and a six from Mathew Pillans' third over. The bowler appeals for a catch by the keeper from an angled final delivery, but the umpire says there was no edge - 68 required from 36 balls.  

WICKET Crook (run out 12)

Leicestershire 178-5 v Northamptonshire 141-3 (15 overs)

Well, that was unnecessary by Northants. Needing 23 from 18 balls to reach their revised target of 164, Steven Crook is beaten by Rob Taylor's throw as he attempts a second run. Ben Duckett is 25 not out as skipper Alex Wakeley arrives at the crease.

WICKET Westley (lbw Batty 46)

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 86-3 (12.1 overs)

Gareth Batty
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After belting Gareth Batty into the crowd at mid-wicket, Tom Westley attempts a cute reverse sweep next ball and is leg-before, having made 46 from 33 balls.

Essex picked up 18 from the 11th over, bowled by James Burke, including three Ryan ten Doeschate boundaries, and he now holds the key to the home side's chances.


Kent 200-2 (17.2 overs) beat Somerset 197-7 (20 overs) by eight wickets

Erm, chasing 198 to win in 20 overs isn't meant to be that easy lads! But Kent reach their target with 16 balls to spare.

Daniel Bell-Drummond (83 not out) and Joe Denly (75) did all the damage with an opening stand of 150 and the rest was simple.

Who'd want to be a bowler tonight eh?!

Leicestershire 178-5 v Northamptonshire 123-3

Leicestershire utilise the medium-pace of Neil Dexter and Kevin O'Brien after the rain break and Northants only manage one boundary. They need 42 from 30 balls to reach their revised target of 164.

Rate climbs for Essex

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 57-3 (10 overs)

Essex have only hit two boundaries in the last five overs and now need to score at almost 11 and a half an over for the remainder if they are to win the game. Tom Westley has 32 not out and Ryan ten Doeschate is on eight. 

Don't forget that Azhar Mahmood is on a hat-trick whenever Surrey skipper Gareth Batty decides to bring him back into the attack.


Birmingham 185-4 (19.4 overs) beat Nottinghamshire 179-7 (20 overs) by two wickets

Chris Woakes finishes Birmingham's run chase in style with two balls to spare, smashing Nottinghamshire seamer Luke Fletcher over the boundary for six runs.

Riki Wessels (52), Greg Smith (43) and Dan Christian (34) had all contributed for Notts in the first innings, but the Outlaws lost wickets at regular intervals on a good batting track.  

Birmingham's reply got off to a shaky start with only one run from the first two overs, but Sam Hain's unbeaten 92 runs from 54 deliveries saw the Bears through in comfortable fashion.

Revised target

Leicestershire 178-5 v Northamptonshire 111-3 (11 overs)

Following the rain interruption at Grace Road, Northants now need 164 from 18 overs. 


Sussex 242-5 (20 overs) beat Gloucestershire 83-1 (7.3 overs) by 1 run on D/L method

Heartbreak for Gloucestershire, who are denied the chance to chase down Sussex's club-record 242-5 by the weather. 

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor did most of the damage for the visitors at Bristol, scoring a brilliant unbeaten 93 from 48 balls on his debut for the Sharks.

Michael Klinger responded with 42 from 24 deliveries in Gloucestershire's reply, but the captain's knock just wasn't quite enough.

WICKET Denly (c Leask b Groenewald 75)

Somerset 197-7 v Kent 153-1 (13 overs)

Kent opener Joe Denly goes for 75, caught on the square leg boundary by Michael Leask off Tim Groenewald.

But he's already done all the hard work for his side. Kent only need 45 off 42 balls.

Nottinghamshire 179-7 v Birmingham 163-4 (18 overs)

Sam Hain's magnificent T20 debut innings has Birmingham on the verge of victory at Nottinghamshire.

The visitors require just 17 runs from the final two overs, but Hain would need 16 of them to each his century.

Dropped catch

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 35-3 (6 overs)

Tom Westley whips the ball to mid-wicket where England's Jason Roy spills the chance. That wasn't a difficult one and Mathew Pillans has a rueful look on his face as he walks back to his mark. Surrey in a good position overall, though.

Leicestershire 178-5 v Northamptonshire 111-3 (11 overs) - rain stopped play

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"I'm standing on the boundary edge and I think it's stopped."

WICKET Ronchi (c Mullaney b Christian 22)

Nottinghamshire 179-7 v Birmingham 148-4 (16.3 overs)

I was all set to tell you how Luke Ronchi was leading Birmingham to victory at Notts, but the New Zealand wicketkeeper falls to an excellent catch by Steven Mullaney off the bowling of Dan Christian.

Ronchi bludgeoned 22 runs from only 10 balls to put the Bears within sight of the finishing line, but he can't see the job out.

Joe Denly hits a half-century

Somerset 197-7 v Kent 128-0 (11 overs)

Joe Denly follows his opening partner to a fifty in spectacular style.

He smashes Jamie Overton for two fours and six to move to 63 off 33 balls.

Daniel Bell-Drummond has exactly the same stats. This is some of the cleanest hitting you are likely to see - and we've already seen a fair bit of that this evening!

WICKET Ryder (c Wilson b Mahmood 13)

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 26-3 (4 overs)

Azhar Mahmood celebrates wicket
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Azhar Mahmood is having a great game for Surrey and he bamboozles Jesse Ryder with a slow bouncer which the New Zealander tries to pull away, but only succeeds in top-edging to the keeper.  

The next delivery is angled down the leg-side but teenager Dan Lawrence gets a thin edge and heads back to the dugout with a golden quacker to his name. Mahmood on a hat-trick at the start of his next over.

Kent openers smashing it to all parts

Somerset 197-7 v Kent 112-0 (10 overs)

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly are making this chase of 198 look like a walk in the park.

Bell-Drummond launches Somerset leg-spinner Max Waller for six, then two balls later Denly does the same.

Kent need 86 off 60 balls. 

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Fifty for Daniel Bell-Drummond

Somerset 197-7 v Kent 84-0 (8 overs)

Big things are expected of Kent opener Daniel Bell-Drummond this season, and he's off to a fine start in the T20 Blast.

The 22-year-old Londoner brings up his half-century off 28 balls.

Kent are now favourites for this one.

WICKET Evans (lbw b Wood 10)

Nottinghamshire 179-7 v Birmingham 115-3 (14 overs)

Another wicket falls at Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire off-spinner Sam Wood pinning Laurie Evans lbw for 10.

The required run rate has climbed to 10.83, but Birmingham will still feel confident while T20 Blast debutant Sam Hain remains at the crease - he currently has 62 runs from 41 balls. 

WICKET Bopara (c Mahmood b S Curran 1)

Surrey 170-8 v Essex 2-1 (1 over)

Teenager Sam Curran digs in a short one to end the opening over and Ravi Bopara skies an attempted pull which is taken safely by Surrey's player-coach. Tom Westley joins Jesse Ryder who is sporting a do-rag under his helmet a la Chris Gayle - or maybe Gayle wears one a la Jesse Ryder?

Somerset 197-7 v Kent 68-0 (6 overs)

That's as good a six-over Poweplay as you are likely to see from Kent.

Daniel Bell-Drummond (46 not out) and Joe Denly (21 not out) are ticking along at more than 11 an over.

Kent need 130 off 14 overs.

WICKET Porterfield (b Patel 26)

Nottinghamshire 179-7 v Birmingham 94-2 (11 overs)

He was given a reprieve with Will Smith's dropped catch a few minutes ago, but Will Porterfield is gone this time as Nottinghamshire spinner Samit Patel clean bowls the Ireland captain.

Birmingham are still the favourites from here, but one or two more wickets could yet tip the balance back to the Outlaws.