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By Kalika Mehta, Gary Smee and Paul Grunill

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Friday night fun

So another evening of fun-filled T20 Blast cricket comes to an end.

And it's Worcestershire who can take the West Midlands' bragging rights home down the M5 motorway.

We'll be back tomorrow from 10:55 BST with live text updates as four matches get under way in the County Championship.

The T20 Blast live text returns next Friday. Until the morning, goodbye!

Raine stars as Foxes cruise to win

Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs) beat Yorkshire 120 (18.4 overs) by 54 runs

Ben Raine
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Ben Raine starred with the bat and ball for Leicestershire at Headingley, hitting a career-best 48 before claiming a career-best 3-7 as Yorkshire crumbled.

The Vikings top-order collapsed and the hosts never looked in the match with Raine and Kevin O'Brien (3-27) doing the damage.

Niall O'Brien (39 off 21 balls) and Lewis Hill (24* off 10 balls) hit some late boundaries as The Foxes had posted a par 174-7.

D'Oliveira takes Worcestershire to victory

Worcestershire 161-5 (19.1 overs) beat Birmingham Bears 155-8 (20 overs)

Brett D'Oliveira's fine 62 off 38 balls led Worcestershire to a comfortable five-wicket victory over rivals Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

Chasing 156 to win, the Rapids fell to 45-3, but D'Oliveira along with Alexei Kervezee (40) and Ross Whiteley (23) saw them home.

Earlier, Bears skipper Ian Bell hit 66 as the hosts made 155-8.

Levi leads way for Northants

Northamptonshire 197-7 (19.4 overs) beat Derbyshire 195-7 (20 overs) by three wickets

Richard Levi

Richard Levi again provided the top-order spark for Northants as the 2013 T20 Blast winners made it two victories from two to start this summer's competition.

Wes Durston (47) and Chesney Hughes shared 74 for Derbyshire, and Tom Poynton's unbeaten 37 off 21 balls saw them post a tough target for the hosts.

Levi, however, struck four sixes in his 58 from 37 deliveries and Josh Cobb (35) and Steven Crook (33 not out) helped see them home with one ball remaining, despite Andy Carter's 3-34.  

Durham win spoils Guptill debut

Durham 151-4 (15 overs) beat Lancashire 149-8 (20 overs) by six wickets

Martin Guptill lived up to his star billing with 72 off 46 balls, but lacked support from his new Lancashire team-mates as Durham breezed to an easy win at Old Trafford.

Lancashire's innings fell away after the New Zealand opener fell to Barry McCarthy (3-23) in the 13th over and Durham effectively ended the game as a contest by scoring 73 from the powerplay at the start of their reply.

Phil Mustard made 46 off 25 balls, passing 3,000 T20 runs in the process, before Graham Clark (36) and Michael Richardson (34 not out) saw them home with 30 balls to spare.  

Malan inspires Middlesex win

Middlesex 195-6 (20 overs) beat Hampshire 126 (15.1 overs) by 69 runs

Dawid Malan
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Middlesex's new T20 skipper Dawid Malan led from the front with 93 off 48 balls as they saw off Hampshire by a comfortable 69-run margin at Uxbridge.

Malan hit five sixes and 10 fours before falling to Gareth Andrew, who took 2-19 for the visitors, but Hampshire began their run-chase by scoring 55 inside the first six overs.

Adam Wheater made a quickfire 30, but Shahid Afridi was run out by James Fuller for eight as they lost six wickets for 22 runs, and despite Liam Dawson's 46, they were all out at the start of the 16th over.

'D'Oliveira is frightening'

Worcestershire 161-5 (19.1 overs) beat Birmingham Bears 155-8 (20 overs)

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell tells Sky Sports:

"Brett D'Oliveira is frightening at the minute. He's played fantastically well in red-ball cricket, he shone today with the bat.

"He's a good all-round cricketer and probably our best fielder as well, so he's got a lot going for him."

'We'll dust ourselves off'

Worcestershire 161-5 (19.1 overs) beat Birmingham Bears 155-8 (20 overs)

Birmingham Bears skipper Ian Bell tells Sky Sports:

"I think Worcestershire played very well. We'll move on, it won't knock us too much and we'll move onto the next game next Friday.

"We're not going to rip up anything and change everything, we're a good side in this tournament. We've been knocked today but we'll dust ourselves off."

'We were 20 runs short'

Worcesterhire 161-5 (19.1 overs) beat Birmingham Bears 155-8 (20 overs)

Birmingham Bears captain Ian Bell tells Sky Sports:

"It was disappointing we never really got that partnership going in the middle which would have been nice to kick on and post a good score. I think we were 20 runs short.

"We didn't cash in in that middle period where we could have got a partnership going and gone big at the end."


Yorkshire 120 (18.4 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

A completely one-sided affair is brought to an end by the brilliant Ben Raine, who bowls Ben Coad for one.

The Leicestershire bowler finished with 3-7 from just 3.4 overs as Yorkshire are bowled out for just 120.

It never looked like a contest in all honesty and the Vikings have plenty to think about before the second match.

Foxes head towards hefty victory

Yorkshire 119-9 (18 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

Youngsters Ben Coad and James Wainman keep out Clink McKay, as nine runs comes off the over.

Leciestershire have bowled exceptionally well under the floodlights at Headingley and are cruising towards victory. 


Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 161-5 (19.1 overs)

What a way to finish it! Brett D'Oliveira launches Oliver Hannon-Dalby back over his head for a maximum to seal Worcestershire's victory over their local rivals.

D'Oliveira finishes on 62 from 38 balls. It really was one of the finest, most composed knocks you will see from one of the country's form batsmen.

Birmingham Bears were thoroughly outplayed.

Dropped catch

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 155-5 (19 overs)

It doesn't really matter but that's a bit embarrassing for poor Mark Adair. Brett D'Oliveira skies one to backward point and the youngster spills it.

Next ball though Ross Whiteley's stumps are sent flying by Recordo Gordon. The equation is still simple, only one needed off the last over.

WICKET Rhodes (c Wells b Dexter 45)

Yorkshire 110-9 (17 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

Will Rhodes excellent innings comes to and end as he is caught at long-off by Tom Well off Neil Dexter, who finishes with 2-26.

The Vikings need another 65 runs from 18 balls to win or more accurately the Foxes need one more wicket.

Six off two overs

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 150-4 (18 overs)

That's the equation for Worcestershire Rapids after Ross Whiteley smites Oliver Hannon-Dalby back over his head for a sweet six.

One blow will do it.

Worcestershire cruising home

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 140-4 (17 overs)

Recordo Gordon bowls two wides in a 17th over which goes for just seven, but Worcestershire don't need to look for the boundaries now.

16 needed off the last three overs.

WICKET Hodd (b K O'Brien 1)

Yorkshire 98-8 (15.3 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

Andy Hodd lasts all of three balls as Kevin O'Brien picks up his third wicket of the innings.

It's been a disastrous batting performance by the hosts.

Foxes tighten grip on match

Yorkshire 98-7 (15 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

Neil Dexter picks up his first wicket of the match as Liam Plunkett goes for a second-ball duck.

The run-rate skies past 15 and the pressure is all on Will Rhodes' shoulders, who is 38 off 20 balls.

Fifty for Brett D'Oliveira

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 135-4 (16.2 overs)

Well batted Brett D'Oliveira. The Worcestershire batsman brings up his half-century off 30 balls with four fours and two sixes.

Can he finish off the game for his side?

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 133-4 (16 overs)

Brett D'Oliveira is seeing his side home here with some absolutely brilliant strokeplay.

The 24-year-old hits Boyd Rankin for three fours in the over, the first over third-man, the second a fine tickle down the leg side and the third a glorious cover drive.

Worcestershire need 23 off 24 balls. A cakewalk. 

WICKET Bresnan (c Dexter b Naik 10)

Yorkshire 89-6 (12 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

Just when it seemed like Yorkshire were getting themselves back into the match, Jigar Naik strikes!

Tim Bresnan tries one big shot too many as he picks out Neil Dexter in the deep off the spinner's last ball of his second over.

Vikings still fighting

Yorkshire 78-5 (13 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

Tim Bresnan is attempting to smash every ball for six and he's going to need to if Yorkshire are going to get anywhere close to the target.

It's Will Rhodes who finds the boundary, as he launches Tom Wells for a huge six.

Leicestershire were 83-4 after 13 overs...there could be life in this game yet.

Raining sixes!

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 119-4 (15 overs)

A six apiece from Ross Whiteley and Brett D'Oliveira swings the game in Worcestershire's favour.

D'Oliveira's maximum off Ateeq Javid over mid-wicket was one of the cleanest strikes you'll ever see.

D'Oliveira, who is in the form of his life, is up to 35 and the key man here. The Rapids need 37 off five overs.

WICKET Ballance (c Naik b K O'Brien 17)

Yorkshire 68-5 (12 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

That is surely the game for Leicestershire.

Gary Ballance trying to find the gap can only pick out Jigar Naik at short fine-leg off Kevin O'Brien - who celebrates exuberantly.

Tim Bresnan comes to crease and hits his second ball for a huge six.


Derbyshire 195-7 v Northamptonshire 197-7 (19.5 overs)

Following a wide, Rory Kleinveldt is caught on the boundary off Andy Carter as he tries to end the match with a six. Rob Keogh takes two to bring the scores level but is then bowled, bringing Graeme White to the crease. The penultimate delivery is a no-ball, which sees the 2013 T20 Blast champions to victory. Two for two for them at the start of the new campaign.

Steven Crook
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WICKET Kervezee (b Javid 40)

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 98-4 (13 overs)

That's a perfectly timed wicket for Birmingham Bears. Alexei Kervezee misses a full ball from Ateeq Javid and the ball clatters into his stumps.

Six specialist Ross Whiteley comes to the crease with 58 needed off 42 balls.

Ballance keeps Yorkshire ticking along

Yorkshire 56-4 (11 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

Spinner Jigar Naik comes on and a mix-up in the field sees Gary Ballance score just his second four of the innings so far.

Yorkshire edge past 50, as Naik's first over goes for eight, but the Vikings still need 119 runs from the last nine overs to win.

Rapids on the charge

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 90-3 (12 overs)

What a shot by Brett D'Oliveira! The Worcestershire batsman launches Jeetan Patel for a huge six over mid-wicket, but the New Zealand spinner only concedes four off the other five deliveries.

The Rapids need 66 off 48 balls.

Derbyshire 195-7 v Northamptonshire 190-5 (19 overs)

Steven Crook picks up four off James Neesham before Rory Kleinveldt thumps the ball back over the bowler's head for another. The home side now clear favourites, needing six from six.

Derbyshire 195-7 v Northamptonshire 180-5 (18 overs)

Andy Carter yorks Seekkuge Prasanna with his opening delivery, but concedes four leg-byes as he attempts another to Steven Crook. Rory Kleinveldt doesn't look comfortable running between the wickets, but that doesn't prevent him thrashing a wide delivery through the covers for four. He chips the final ball down the ground for a single and Northants need 16 off two overs.

Former Northants captain Stephen Peters on BBC Radio Northampton: "With five wickets remaining, eight an over, it'd be disappointing if we don't get these."

Even game at Edgbaston

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 75-3 (10 overs)

Worcestershire reach the halfway stage needing 81 off 60 balls.

Alexei Kervezee is looking assured at the crease, he's 28 off 18, with the in-form Brett D'Oliveira for company.

We're on for an exciting finish in Birmingham!

Raine keeps Foxes on top

Yorkshire 40-4 (9 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

What an exceptional catch by Ben Raine, as he collects the ball at full stretch to get rid of Jack Leaning off Tom Wells.

Yorkshire's struggles this season with the bat continue, they require another 135 runs from 66 balls to win.

Duckett & Crook revive Northants

Derbyshire 195-7 v Northamptonshire 163-4 (16 overs)

Northants are alive and kicking after taking 18 off an over from James Neesham. Ben Duckett then hits a six and four off Wes Durston before giving a catch to Shiv Thakor. 

He goes for 29, made from 15 balls, but Steven Croft is still there on 21 and they need 33 from 24 deliveries. 

Foxes strangle Vikings batsmen

Yorkshire 31-3 (8 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

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The Headingley crowd are getting restless as Jack Leaning and Gary Ballance struggle to get the ball away.

And, Leicestershire still have their ace Jigar Naik to come yet.


Lancashire 149-8 v Durham 151-4 (15 overs)

Michael Richardson drives the first ball of George Edwards' over back past the bowler for four and ends the game with another boundary from his final delivery to finish on 34 not out as Durham win with five overs to spare.

Roses rivals Yorkshire are next up for Lancashire in the T20 Blast and coach Ashley Giles will want to see a much better performance than he has witnessed this evening.

Big Boyd breaks through!

Birmingham Bears 155-8 v Worcestershire 45-3 (6.3 overs)

Boyd Rankin comes into the Bears attack and picks up the wicket of Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell with his third ball.

Mitchell plays a bit of an ugly slash outside off stump and nicks it through to Luke Ronchi behind the stumps.

Worcestershire are in a bit of trouble.

WICKET Rashid (c N O'Brien b Raine 2)

Yorkshire 20-3 (6 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

Ben Raine is bowling exceptionally well and Yorkshire are really under the pump at Headingley as they finish the Powerplay just 20-3.

Raine, who has bowled 11 dot balls from the 18 he has delivered so far, has Adil Rashid caught behind for a miserly two.

Tidy Hughes boosts Derbyshire

Derbyshire 195-7 v Northamptonshire 132-3 (14 overs)

That's a magnificent over by Alex Hughes, conceding only two runs, and may have gone a long way to sealing victory for Derbyshire. Northants need 65 from 36 balls with Ben Duckett and Steven Crook together. One of them is going to have to produce something special.

WICKET Pringle (b Edwards 9)

Lancashire 149-8 v Durham 130-4 (13 overs)

Ryan Pringle pre-determines a shot and is cleaned up by George Edwards, but it's only a consolation wicket for Lancashire as Durham head for just their second win in 10 T20 matches against the Red Rose county. They need 19 off 42 balls, with Michael Richardson on 20 not out.

Lees departs at Headingley

Yorkshire 17-2 (5 overs) v Leicestershire 174-7 (20 overs)

Kevin O'Brien takes a wicket with his first ball.

It is a pretty ordinary delivery but Alex Lees picks out Clint McKay at short fine-leg. 

A terrible shot has the Yorkshire captain who heads back to the pavilion and the Leicestershire players have a spring in their step now.