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So, another night of fast and frantic T20 Blast action draws to a close.

We've seen a superb century, scores of over 200 and a brief Gaylestorm.

All in all, it's been thoroughly enjoyable!

Live text and radio commentary returns next Friday. Hope you can join us then, but for now it's goodnight (from some of us at least!).

.@henrygayle is still going with the selfies! #WeAreSomerset

.@henrygayle is still going with the selfies! #WeAreSomerset

Recap: Roy hundred sets up Surrey win

Surrey beat Sussex by 23 runs

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Surrey and England opener Jason Roy blasted 109 off 67 balls as Surrey earned a comfortable win over Sussex at Hove.

Roy and Kumar Sangakkara's (54) century stand and a late cameo from Dwayne Bravo which included four sixes helped Surrey up to 205-4.

Sussex struggled early on, before Luke Wright (34) and Ross Taylor (51) started striking boundaries.

But once both were out to Zafar Ansari in the same over, the innings lost momentum and Sussex fell short on 182-5.

Recap: Derbyshire brush off Welch exit

Derbyshire beat Leicestershire by four wickets

Shiv Thakor and Matt Critchley
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Derbyshire shrugged off the departure of elite performance director Graeme Welch to beat neighbours Leicestershire by four wickets.

Jimmy Neesham (3-26) and Shiv Thakor (3-17) reduced the Foxes to 49-5 and 87-8 before Neil Dexter (34) lifted the visitors up to 120 all out. 

Leicestershire threatened a comeback when Clint McKay took wickets in consecutive balls as the hosts' reply slumped to 14-3 and later 54-5.

But Derbyshire drew a line under Welch's two-and-a-half years in charge as Neesham (29 not out) and a late Shiv Thakor cameo (14 not out) helped them home with 12 balls to spare.

Recap: Chopra chops Durham down to size

Birmingham beat Durham by nine wickets

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Varun Chopra finished just three runs short of an unbeaten century as Birmingham Bears knocked off a target of just 155 against Durham with ease.

Paul Collingwood's earlier unbeaten 40 had helped the Jets to 154-9, but it never looked enough.

Chopra and Ian Bell (35) put on 94 for the opening wicket in reply and Chopra's eight fours and five sixes ensured the Bears secured victory with 14 balls to spare.

Recap: Donald and Ingram deliver Glamorgan win

Glamorgan beat Hampshire by five wickets

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Extraordinary hitting by Aneurin Donald and Colin Ingram steered Glamorgan to a second win of the competition.

The pair shared a third-wicket stand of 94 as they chased down Hampshire's 141 all out.

Adam Wheater top-scored with 39 for the visitors with Shahid Afridi smashing 32 off 20 balls.

But Michael Hogan claimed four wickets and recently-arrived overseas star Dale Steyn blew away the tail.

Donald's innings of 55 in 27 balls included eight fours and two sixes.

Recap: Root's 92 not enough for Yorkshire

Lancashire beat Yorkshire by 26 runs

Joe Root's unbeaten 92 off 51 balls was in vain for Yorkshire as they lost to rivals Lancashire by 26 runs.

Lancashire piled up 204-7 at Old Trafford thanks to Karl Brown's 38-ball 54 and a superb 55 off 23 balls by Liam Livingstone.

Jos Buttler also chipped in with a quick-fire 23.

Yorkshire were never really in the chase despite Root's best efforts as they lost wickets at regular intervals, and the England man was left stranded eight short of his century with Yorkshire on 178-7.

Recap: Steelbacks maintain impressive form

Northants beat Worcestershire by seven wickets

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An unbeaten Josh Cobb half-century ensured Northants made light work of a poor Worcestershire batting performance at Wantage Road.

Cobb finished off the Steelbacks' pursuit of a below par 145 with a six and supported the big-hitting Richard Levi (44) at the top of the order.

It was a night to forget with the bat for the returning Moeen Ali as the England all-rounder made just nine at the start of Worcestershire's innings.

Recap: Tye and Marshall inspire Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire beat Kent by seven wickets

Gloucestershire secured their second T20 Blast win in as many days with a deserved victory over Kent.

The visitors looked to be cruising to their target of 145 as Kiwi Hamish Marshall (56) and Ian Cockbain (37) shared a second-wicket stand of 64.

Both fell late on, leaving Chris Dent (11 not out) to hit the winning runs with a six from the second ball of Darren Stevens' final over.

Earlier, Sam Northeast (35) top scored for Kent, who struggled to 144-7 in the face of fine bowling from Andrew Tye (3-18).

Recap: Early Gayle blitz downs Essex

Somerset beat Essex by seven wickets

The Chris Gayle force finally arrived for Somerset as the West Indies opener's 23-ball 49 set them well on course to chase down Essex's 178-7 with ease.

Gayle took 26 off five consecutive David Masters deliveries at one point to effectively end the contest.

Jim Allenby and Lewis Gregory guided the hosts home with 18 balls to spare for their first win in this year's competition.

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So, that brings to an end another fun-filled night of T20 Blast cricket. We'll let you catch your breath and then have a recap of the action...


Sussex 182-5 v Surrey 205-4

David Wiese has a bit of a swing in the final over hitting Dwayne Bravo for a six and a four, but it's too little too late for Sussex.

An entertaining game at Hove, but the home crowd go away disappointed.

Sussex need 39 off the last over

Sussex 167-5 (19 overs) v Surrey 205-4

Erm, I'll leave you guys to work that one out. Dwayne Bravo to bowl it.

WICKET Machan (c & b S Curran 27)

Sussex 151-5 (17.1 overs) v Surrey 205-4

It's game over now. Matt Machan is caught off his own bowling by Sam Curran and the main six-hitting threat is gone.


Derbyshire 123-6 (18 overs) v Leicestershire 120

A cameo from Shiv Thakor is enough to help Derbyshire home with 12 balls to spare.

The former Leicestershire man punishes his old side with three fours in four Kevin O'Brien deliveries to seal the visitors' fate.

Thakor ends on 14 not out, while James Neesham is unbeaten on 29.

Derbyshire travel to Notts next in the T20 Blast and they will be full of confidence after this victory.

Sussex need 55 off 18 balls

Sussex 151-4 (17 overs) v Surrey 205-4

Chris Jordan smacks Dwayne Bravo for three fours in a row, but the over still only goes for 13. 

It's not enough at this stage with the required run-rate at more than 18.

Like I've said a few times tonight, something special is needed.

Neesham clears the ropes!

Derbyshire 109-6 (16.5 overs) v Leicestershire 120

A big blow from James Neesham at just the right time! He seems to be holding his nerve, even if the nerves of others are jangling.

Jigar Naik disappears into the crowd and the home fans are jubilant.

WICKET (A Hughes c Raine b Naik 27)

Derbyshire 103-6 (16.3 overs) v Leicestershire 120

Not the most sensible of shots from skipper-for-the-evening Alex Hughes, who holes out in the deep on 27 from Jigar Naik's bowling.

Still, Derbyshire should still get home from here. But then predictions about this game are always dangerous...

Raining sixes at Hove!

Sussex 130-4 (15 overs) v Surrey 205-4

Sussex are still in this! Matt Machan launches Zafar Ansari for a couple of maximums in an over which goes for 19.

The hosts need 76 from 30 balls.


Birmingham 155-1 (17.4 overs) v Durham 154-9

Varun Chopra finishes unbeaten on 97 as Birmingham complete a very comprehensive victory over Durham at Edgbaston.

Chopra, making his first T20 appearance of the season, shared an opening stand of 94 with captain Ian Bell.

He couldn't quite reach three figures though before the end as he and William Porterfield failed to engineer the strike for him.

I only got the call I was playing an hour before the start. Sam Hain wasn't feeling too well and I had a clue he wasn't going to play as I live with him. The best thing for me to do was let the bat do the talking and I've done that with some runs tonight. I was definitely going for the hundred at the end, but I couldn't quite get hold of it.

Varun ChopraWarwickshire opener speaking to BBC WM

A decisive move from Derbyshire?

Derbyshire 97-5 (15 overs) v Leicestershire 120

Suddenly Derbyshire have found another gear, scoring 20 off consecutive overs delivered by Ben Raine and Neil Dexter.

It means they need 22 runs from 30 balls with five wickets in hand, and Alex Hughes and James Neesham now look well set.

WICKET Wright (c Roy b Ansari 34)

Sussex 107-4 (12.4 overs) v Surrey 205-4

Ah, that throws a bit of a spanner in the works. Sussex skipper Luke Wright is caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Jason Roy off Zafar Ansari for 34.

Actually, they're in trouble now. Ross Taylor goes two balls later, stumped for 51. Chris Jordan and Matt Machan are the two new batsmen at the crease.

A packed crowd at Hove suddenly loses its voice.

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Fifty for Ross Taylor

Sussex 106-2 (12 overs) v Surrey 205-4

Sussex are making a real fight of this chase now. Ross Taylor goes to fifty off 33 balls.

The New Zealander has struck four fours and three maximums. Sussex need exactly 100 off 48 balls.

Bears on course

Birmingham 126-1 (15 overs) v Durham 154-9

Less than 30 required for Birmingham Bears to beat Durham in the remaining five overs.

Varun Chopra continues to look untroubled as he rolls into the 80s.


Lancashire 204-7 v Yorkshire 178-7

It's been a bit of a procession for some time now, but Lancashire have done it! Joe Root can't get the ball away in George Edwards' final over and finishes unbeaten on 92. 

Edwards has figures of 3-33. Yorkshire have been thoroughly outgunned by their biggest rivals.

Tight finish looming at Derby

Derbyshire 79-5 (13 overs) v Leicestershire 120

With seven overs to go, this game is well and truly in the balance.

A mini-partnership from Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham, on 12, and Alex Hughes, on 14, has buoyed Derbyshire, but if they lose a couple more wickets, they'll be in trouble again.

WICKET Plunkett (c Clark b Edwards 22)

Lancashire 204-7 v Yorkshire 175-6 (19.2 overs)

Yorkshire need five sixes off the final five balls. Liam Plunkett skies George Edwards and Jordan Clark takes the catch at mid-off.

Luckily they crossed and Joe Root is on strike. But he can't get the next ball away and it's game over.

Yorkshire require 31 off the last over

Lancashire 204-7 v Yorkshire 174-5 (19 overs)

That is simply stunning from Joe Root! He simply flicks his wrists and the ball sails over mid-wicket for a huge six off Neil Wagner.

He then swats the New Zealander away for another six at the end of the over. Root is up to 90 - but it won't be enough for his side. Surely?!

Yorkshire need 50 off 12 balls

Lancashire 204-7 v Yorkshire 155-5 (18 overs)

Joe Root's head is about to go here! He's batted so well, but the run-rate has continued to soar and it's virtually game over.

Root is on 72 off 43, but it's been a bit of a lone effort from the England man.

Dexter derails Derbyshire

Derbyshire 54-5 (8.5 overs) v Leicestershire 120

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Just when it was looking much better for Derbyshire, it could be curtains for them.

Neil Dexter is introduced into the attack and removes both Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen inside his first five balls.

First the former Middlesex man bowls Hughes driving on the walk and then he tempts Madsen to drive at a wide one, with Umar Akmal taking the catch.

What a topsy-turvy game! 

Sussex suddenly flying!

Sussex 78-2 (9 overs) v Surrey 205-4

Ross Taylor and Luke Wright have gone berserk at Hove! Between them they've smashed 34 off the last two overs with Taylor racing to 37 off 22 balls.

Is the momentum shifting?

WICKET Bell (b Borthwick 35)

Birmingham 94-1 (10 overs) v Durham 154-9

Ian Bell falls to England hopeful Scott Borthwick six short of a century opening stand with Varun Chopra.

Durham will need a lot more of that from the leg spinner if they're to stem the tide in this one.

WICKET! Borthwick bowls Bell for 35 at the end of his second over. 96/1 (10.2) #DurhamJets

WICKET! Borthwick bowls Bell for 35 at the end of his second over. 96/1 (10.2) #DurhamJets

63 needed off 18 balls

Lancashire 204-7 v Yorkshire 142-5 (17 overs)

That's the equation for Yorkshire to beat their Red Rose rivals. It seems nearly impossible, but to give Yorkshire fans a bit of hope - they scored that off the last three overs against Worcestershire last night.

Can Joe Root (63 not out) and Liam Plunkett (20 not out) do it?!

50 up for Derbyshire

Derbyshire 52-3 (8 overs) v Leicestershire 120

After the flurry of wickets, Chensey Hughes and Wayne Madsen have done a good job of getting Derbyshire back on track.

Madsen has 22 and Hughes 19 as the team total moves past 50. The game is really in the balance now.


Northants 147-3 (16.3 overs) v Worcestershire 144-6

Northants complete a comprehensive victory over Worcestershire with 21 balls to spare.

Josh Cobb hammers a four and then a six to win it off Joe Leach.

Cobb finishes unbeaten on 56 from just 45 balls.

Only Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell (44 not out) could post a respectable score with the bat earlier as the Rapids struggled to get going.

50 for Varun Chopra

Birmingham 89-0 (9 overs) v Durham 154-9

A rapid half-century for Varun Chopra and it's all one-way traffic at the moment at Edgbaston.

Brings it up with his third six off just 30 balls and now Ian Bell is also getting in on the six-hitting action as the Bears tick along at close to 10-an-over.

Different deck at Hove?

Sussex 35-2 (6 overs) v Surrey 205-4

Maybe the Surrey batsmen have packed away that wicket at Hove and locked it away somewhere!

Sussex have struggled to 35-2 in the Powerplay with skipper Luke Wright just 9 off 14 balls.

Sussex need a spark from somewhere because this game is quickly getting away from them.

Dropped catch

Lancashire 204-7 v Yorkshire 124-5 (15.2 overs)

Oh, that's so unlucky for Arron Lilley. Joe Root absolutely drills one back at him, the spinner dives to his left and gets a hand on it, but it pops out.

Lancashire still in complete control though, 81 needed off 28 balls.


Glamorgan 143-5 (16.1 overs) v Hampshire 141 (18.3 overs)

That's a stunning performance from Glamorgan who have well and truly beaten Hampshire with 23 balls to spare.

The highlights of the night has to be the bowling performances of Michael Hogan (4-28) and Dale Steyn (3-22) to restrict Hampshire to 141 as well as the fine 55 from Aneurin Donald when Glamorgan went out to bat.

It all looked so promising for Hampshire when James Vince and Michael Carberry enjoyed a 30-run first-wicket stand, but not even a middle order appearance from Shahid 'Boom Boom' Afridi could stop the rot.

The hosts win their second T20 Blast match in three matches as they go into the One Day Cup full of steam.

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Fifty for Joe Root

Lancashire 204-7 v Yorkshire 113-5 (14 overs)

The muted celebration from Joe Root for bringing up his half-century off 30 balls says it all really.

Yorkshire are in strife and Root is hurting.

However, he's still there with the big-hitting Liam Plunkett and you never know! Yorkshire need 92 off 36 balls.

powerplayImpressive Powerplay for Bears

Birmingham 54-0 (6 overs) v Durham 154-9

All Birmingham Bears so far at Edgbaston and it doesn't look like 155 is going to be a stiff enough target for Ian Bell's side.

He and Varun Chopra are continuing to progress nicely against Durham and Chopra is already eyeing-up a half-century with three fours and three sixes to his name.