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By Paul Grunill, Kalika Mehta and Jay Freeman

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So that's it for another Friday evening of T20 Blast action.

No centuries, but Brendon McCullum provided plenty of entertainment at Canterbury with his 87 not out for Middlesex, while Lancashire spinner Stephen Parry claimed 5-13 in their win over Worcestershire.

There is plenty more T20 action over the weekend, with two games on Saturday and two on Sunday, and you'll be able to listen to ball-by-ball commentary via the BBC Sport website.

We will also have text commentary tomorrow on the final day of Sussex's Championship game against Northants, and four new matches which get under way on Sunday.

Until then - have a good night and thanks for joining us. 

Recap: Stokes makes only 5 as Durham beat Yorkshire

Durham (2pts) beat Yorkshire by six runs (D/L)

Ben Stokes
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes made only five on his return from injury as Durham narrowly edged to victory in a rain-affected bottom-of-the-table North group game with Yorkshire at Chester-le-Street.

The Jets' decision to bowl was justified as Chris Rushworth's 3-14 and two wickets each for Usman Arshad, Paul Coughlin and Scott Borthwick saw the Vikings bowled out for a meager 134 - with only Alex Lees (43), Jack Leaning (48) and Tim Bresnan (19) making double figures.

Stokes' return to action with the bat following a knee operation did not go to plan though as he was dismissed cheaply by Adam Lyth as the hosts collapsed to 38-3.

With lightning striking nearly, Ryan Pringle (20 not out) hit a couple of lofty blows to put Durham in the lead on Duckworth-Lewis just as the rain set in. 

The defeat leaves Yorkshire rooted to the bottom of the North group with four points, while Durham moved up to sixth on seven points.

Recap: McCullum shines in farewell innings

Middlesex (2 pts) beat Kent by 40 runs

Brendan McCulum
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New Zealand batsman Brendan McCullum ended his Middlesex stint with an unbeaten 87 off 57 balls as they registered a comfortable victory over Kent at Canterbury.

McCullum and Dawid Malan (60) launched their innings with a stand of exactly 100 in less than nine overs and he batted right through to see the total beyond 200, despite Darren Stevens taking 4-31.

Kent lost a wicket to the first ball of their reply and although Fabian Cowdrey hit a six and eight fours in a T20 best score of 71, Sam Northeast's 41 was the only other innings of substance.

Injured Daniel Bell-Drummond was badly missed as they came up well short of their target, with Toby Roland-Jones producing figures of 3-24.

Recap: Birmingham ease to win over Leicestershire

Birmingham Bears (2pts) beat Leicestershire by eight wickets

Laurie Evans hit an unbeaten half-century as Birmingham Bears eased to an eight-wicket win over Leicestershire to go top of the North group.

After being put in at Grace Road, the Foxes slumped to 25-4 and were unable to recover as they posted a modest 125-7 from their 20 overs.

Sam Hain and Ian Bell (36 not out) got the Bears' reply off to a flying start.

But, after Leicestershire threatened to peg them back, Evans dominated a third-wicket stand of 68 with Bell, winning the game with a six with 27 balls to spare.

It's just nice to contribute after a tough start to the competition. I'm really pleased we got over the line. Ian Bell made it look easy at the start whereas I didn't, but I stuck to my guns and came through it. I'm at my worst when I'm looking for ones but it takes a bit of confidence to hit the ball.

Laurie EvansBirmingham Bears batsman on BBC WM

Recap: Ingram guides Glamorgan to victory

Glamorgan (2 pts) beat Surrey by nine wickets

Colin Ingram hit an unbeaten 73 as Glamorgan claimed victory in the battle at the top of the T20 Blast South Group table.

Surrey batted first but struggled as Dale Steyn (2-20) and wicketkeeper Chris Cooke, with four catches and a stumping, helped to bowl them out for just 110 from 19.2 overs.

Glamorgan lost David Lloyd, who made 97 not out in their victory against Kent last week, to the third ball of their innings but captain Jacques Rudolph (40) and Ingram put on an unbeaten 114-run second-wicket stand as they won with 25 balls to spare.

🏏Glamorgan beat Surrey by 9 wickets to stay top of T20 Blast South Group Glamorgan reach 114/1 with 4.1 overs left Ingram 73*, Rudolph 40*

Recap: Ashar the man for Essex

Essex (2 pts) beat Hampshire by five wickets

Adam Williams

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Ashar Zaidi
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"Not a classic by any means between two surprise strugglers in this season's South Group, but Essex ended a run of three straight defeats against last year's semi-finalists Hampshire.

"After Michael Carberry (34) and Tom Alsop (13) departed, the visitors collapsed in Chelmsford with Graham Napier's 3-31 and Ravi Bopara's 2-15 restricting them to 135-8 from their 20 overs.

"Ashar Zaidi's half-century proved the pivotal innings in the home side's run-chase after they were teetering somewhat at 45-3 requiring just 136.

"Zaidi (52) and Tom Westley (27) added 59 for the fourth wicket and Essex were home and dry with seven balls to spare."

Recap: Notts comfortably beat Derbyshire

Notts (2 pts) beat Derbyshire by seven wickets

Notts beat Derbyshire with more than five overs to spare in the East Midlands derby in the T20 Blast North Group.

Derbyshire struggled to gain a foothold in their innings and were punished by the bowling of Harry Gurney (4-20) as they posted just 114 from 19.3 overs.

Despite losing Michael Lumb lbw to Wayne Madsen and Greg Smith to a run out in within the powerplay, Notts rallied.

Riki Wessels and Dan Christian put on an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 58 to guide Notts to victory in 14.3 overs.

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Recap: Parry seals emphatic win

Lancashire (2 pts) beat Worcestershire by 96 runs

Left-arm spinner Stephen Parry claimed 5-13 as 2015 winners Lancashire bowled out the Rapids for just 53 at Old Trafford after posting a score of 149-5 in their 20 overs.

Alviro Petersen's unbeaten 68 was the foundation of the home side's score, but a fiery new-ball spell by Nathan Buck (3-12) undermined Worcestershire's hopes of reaching the target.

Debutant wicketkeeper Tom Moores took two catches and a stumping, and only Brett D'Oliveira (16) reached double figures for the visitors.

Parry took three wickets in one over as Lancashire completed their second-largest T20 win with 6.1 overs remaining in the game.

The sun sets over @EmiratesOT after a fantastic win. Just when it mattered, the boys performed. #RedRoseTogether

The sun sets over @EmiratesOT after a fantastic win. Just when it mattered, the boys performed. #RedRoseTogether

How things look now

Birmingham Bears, the winners in 2014, are the new leaders of North Group following their comfortable eight-wicket victory over Leicestershire. They have a two-point lead over Northants and Worcestershire, who were bowled out for just 53 in their defeat at Old Trafford.

Glamorgan are still out in front in South Group following their fifth win out of seven, this time by nine wickets against Surrey. two wins in two days have seen Middlesex climb to second, two points, behind the Welsh county and one ahead of Sussex, Gloucestershire and Surrey.

The next T20 Blast action is tomorrow when Hampshire are at home to Gloucestershire, and Surrey play hosts to Essex at The Oval.


Middlesex 210-6 (20 overs) v Kent 170-7 (20 overs)

Kent's challenge peters out at Canterbury as Darren Stevens is well-caught by Nathan Sowter off James Fuller for 17 in the penultimate over. The final one is entrusted to Toby Roland-Jones and the home side can muster nothing more than singles as Middlesex complete their second win in successive days.

Middlesex almost there

Middlesex 210-6 v Kent 157-6 (18 overs)

All over bar the shouting at Canterbury. Harry Podmore boosts Kent's cause with two no balls, but the home side are unable to find the boundary. They need 54 off 12 deliveries.


Essex 136-5 (18.5 overs) v Hampshire 135-8

Essex ease home to victory with seven balls to spare as Ryan ten Doeschate chips the ball down the ground for an easy two.

Liam Dawson bowled superbly well, taking 3-24, as Hampshire looked to defend a small total but Ashar Zaidi's 52 off just 32 balls took the hosts home much to the delight of the Chelmsford crowd.

WICKET Zaidi (c Best b Andrew 52)

Essex 130-5 (17.4 overs) v Hampshire 135-8

Ashar Zaidi
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Perhaps after tonight I shall just stop praising any sportsperson ever!

Gareth Andrew removes Ashar Zaidi for 52 as he chips the ball to Tino Best at mid-on. 

With the Eagles needing just six more runs to win, it is unlikely to affect the outcome but Zaidi did fall two runs short of a career-best T20 score.

WICKET Cowdrey (c Fuller b Roland-Jones 71)

Middlesex 210-6 v Kent 145-6 (16.4 overs)

Toby Roland-Jones returns and Fabian Cowdrey puts away his eighth boundary. But it's his final scoring shot as an attempt to improvise from the next delivery ends with another catch by James Fuller. Kent need 66 from 20 balls - surely an impossible task.


Leicestershire 125-7 v Birmingham Bears 126-2 (15.3 overs)

One ball later and it's all over, with Laurie Evans launching Kevin O'Brien for a huge six to win the game and bring up his half-century to boot.

He contributed 52 of a 68-run third-wicket stand with Ian Bell to ease Birmingham Bears over the finishing line with 27 balls to spare.

That was a really impressive performance by the Bears, who have now got three wins in seven days, and five wins from seven in total. They probably only need two more wins to reach the quarter-finals and the chances of sealing a home quarter-final are growing week by week.

Richard WilfordBBC WM

Bears need six to win

Leicestershire 125-7 v Birmingham Bears 120-2 (15.2 overs)

This one is only going to end one way now, with Laurie Evans overtaking his captain Ian Bell and moving into the 40s with back-to-back boundaries.

It's his highest T20 Blast score of the season and he's now within sight of a half-century.

Ashar Zaidi reaches his half-century

Essex 125-4 (17 overs) v Hampshire 135-8

Ashar Zaidi is leading Essex to victory and he is doing it in style.

The Essex allrounder brings up his half-century with a powerful strike down the ground off Gareth Berg to leave the Eagles requiring just 11 runs from the final three overs.

WICKET Billings (c Podmore b Fuller 7)

Middlesex 210-6 v Kent 131-5 (15.4 overs)

Sam Billings tries a paddle shot but it doesn't pay off as Harry Podmore takes the catch at short fine leg. Darren Stevens took four wickets earlier in the game - but he's going to need something special now if he and Fabian Cowdrey are to get Kent home.

Evans gets Bears motoring

Leicestershire 125-7 v Birmingham Bears 99-2 (13 overs)

Leicestershire had pegged Birmingham back - but not any more as Laurie Evans has the Bears cantering towards the finishing line.

A couple of boundaries off Neil Dexter and a maximum off Tom Wells leaves Ian Bell's side needing 27 off seven overs.

Zaidi helps Essex close in on target

Essex 107-4 (14 overs) v Hampshire 135-8

Well we've been waiting all night for the battle of the "Boom Booms" and it is Ashar Zaidi who has won this round. 

The Essex allrounder launches Shahid Afridi for an almighty six bring up the Eagles' 100.

Hampshire strike back though, as Liam Dawson traps Tom Westley plumb in front for 27 - his third scalp of the evening.

Cowdrey races to fifty

Middlesex 210-6 v Kent 119-4 (14 overs)

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Fabian Cowdrey hoists a six off Paul Stirling and then reaches a 32-ball half-century by putting away a no-ball for four. The next one is a free hit and he clears the rope again as the over costs 20 runs.

Wonder what the 23-year-old's late grandfather, Lord Cowdrey, would have made of T20 cricket? 


Notts 120-3 (14.3 overs) v Derbyshire 114 (19.3 overs)

With more than five overs to spare, Notts have hammered near-neighbours Derbyshire tonight.

Derbyshire came undone during an innings when they struggled to get going and were punished by the bowling of Harry Gurney, who took four wickets.

Riki Wessels and Dan Christian put on an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 58 to guide Notts to victory.

Christian sealed the victory in style, with a fine six off what proved to be the final ball of the night.

WICKET Blake (c Fuller b Sowter 3)

Middlesex 210-6 v Kent 97-4 (12.2 overs)

Australia-born leg-spinner Nathan Sowter strikes for Middlesex as Alex Blake tries to clear the rope, but is foiled as James Fuller takes a good running catch. Sam Billings is now at the crease, but he doesn't have long to take a look.

Essex coasting home

Essex 95-3 (12 overs) v Hampshire 135-8

Ashar Zaidi has had enough of watching Tom Westley have all the fun in the middle as he crashes Tino Best to the mid-wicket boundary.

After sending down a wide, the West Indian throws the ball back at Zaidi and it goes for four overthrows, much to the delight of the crowd.

Essex need 41 off 48 balls to win.

Bears edge towards victory

Leicestershire 125-7 v Birmingham Bears 73-2 (10 overs)

Birmingham Bears remain hot favourites to wrap up a win at Grace Road but they have been pegged back, with only 16 coming from the last four overs.

But 53 off 10 overs is hardly even a modest ask these days and it would be quite an upset for them to slip up from here.

Middlesex tighten grip

Middlesex 210-6 v Kent 96-3 (12 overs)

Fabian Cowdrey hits two successive fours off James Franklin, but Alex Blake has yet to get going and the asking rate continues to climb. Sam Billings is still to come for Kent, but it's going to take something special to get home from here.


Durham 68-3 v Yorkshire 134

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With a thunder and lightning warning around Durham, the mopping process is unable to get under way at Chester-le-Street despite the rain ceasing.

With little prospect of the weather improving the game is called off and Durham sneak home in the end to pick up a vital win.

Ryan Pringle's 20 off 15 balls, which included a four and a six, proved match winning after Yorkshire fought back terrifically with the ball.

Eagles halfway to victory

Essex 71-3 (10 overs) v Hampshire 135-8

There's plenty of anticipation of the battle between Shahid Afridi and Ashar Zaifi but it's Tom Westley who gets the better of the Pakistani bowler, sending the ball to the boundary ropes twice in the 10th over.

Essex need another 65 runs from the final 10 overs but Hampshire are trying hard for scalps.

WICKET Northeast (c Podmore b Franklin 41)

Middlesex 210-6 v Kent 76-3 (9 overs)

That's a big blow to Kent's chances as Sam Northeast opts for aggression to end James Franklin's second over and is caught at third man. Fabian Cowdrey has 25 not out at the other end as Alex Blake comes to the crease.

What a beautiful evening in the Garden of England. More than 5,000 through the gates and they're still coming in!

What a beautiful evening in the Garden of England. More than 5,000 through the gates and they're still coming in!

Notts starting to rally

Notts 87-3 (11 overs) v Derbyshire 114

Here's a stat Derbyshire fans won't like the look of. 

Six of the last seven matches involving Derbyshire have been won by the side that batted second.

With that in mind, Daniel Christian has hit two successive sixes and Notts are in touching distance of seizing victory, here.

Game on at Grace Road?

Leicestershire 125-7 v Birmingham Bears 58-2 (7 overs)

Wickets change games and Leicestershire suddenly have two, with Sam Hain and William Porterfield dismissed in quick succession.

Birmingham Bears are still hot favourites, especially with Ian Bell at the crease and Luke Ronchi still to come, but another wicket or two and the Foxes could give themselves a sniff.

Dawson makes double strike for Hampshire

Essex 45-3 (7 overs) v Hampshire 135-8

I am officially a curse for one and all tonight.

Having just finished praising Kishen Velani's start, Liam Dawson came on and had the Essex batsman caught on the boundary before trapping Ravi Bopara lbw for a duck.

We're in for an exciting match at Chelmsford.

We might now get to see #BoomBoom Afridi bowling to #BoomBoom Zaidi. What a time to be alive! #T20Blast

Northeast gives hope to Kent

Middlesex 210-6 v Kent 62-2 (7 overs)

Sam Northeast is going well for Kent on 36 not out from 21 balls, but the required rate is over 11 if they are to reach their target. Joe Denly was the second batsman dismissed, caught behind in paceman Toby Roland-Jones' initial burst.


Glamorgan 114-1 (15.5 overs) v Surrey 110 (19.2 overs)

This night has had it all. Dean Cosker takes his 100th career T20 wicket, Chris Cooke plays his part in five wickets as Glamorgan bowl Surrey out for just 110 with four balls to spare, someone invades the pitch and Colin Ingram makes 73 not out.

That's Glamorgan's fifth win in the T20 Blast this season and they have done it in outstanding fashion.

Surrey, meanwhile, have been well and truly outplayed.

Velani clears the ropes

Essex 43-1 (6 overs) v Hampshire 135-8

Kishen Velani
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Kishen Velani is playing just his second T20 Blast match for Essex this season but he's timing the ball to perfection as he launches Gareth Berg for a straight six before following it up with a four.

It has been a comfortable powerplay for the hosts and the Chelmsford crowd are on their feet again.

Bears make rapid progress

Leicestershire 125-7 v Birmingham Bears 49-0 (5 overs)

This is a cruise for Birmingham Bears at the moment, with Sam Hain and Ian Bell both into the 20s at well in excess of a run-a-ball.

It's looking like an early finish at Grace Road at this rate.

The Bears only need 77 from 15 overs. If they don't get them then there's going to be some fantastic bowling.

Clive EakinBBC Coventry & Warwickshire


Lancashire 149-5 (20 overs) v Worcestershire 53 (13.5 overs)

You have to say that's an embarrassing batting display by Worcestershire, who are put out of their misery by the trophy holders as Ed Barnard swings across the line and is bowled by off-spinner Arron Lilley. 

It's their lowest T20 score - and the second lowest in domestic T20 cricket in England after Northants' 47 all out against Durham in 2011.

WICKET Smith (run out 12)

Notts 45-2 (6 overs) v Derbyshire 114

What an end to the powerplay! Greg Smith hits a six, then two balls later works a boundary from the bowling of Andy Carter before he's run out in the following ball.

Lengthy break in play, we've lost the ball. Four Derbyshire fielders retrieve it from under the covers #CricketProblems #CricketHasLanded

WICKET Henry (c Clark b Parry 0)

Lancashire 149-5 v Worcestershire 52-9 (13 overs)

Ben Cox holes out at deep square leg off Stephen Parry and and the slow left-armer's next over sees three more Worcestershire batsmen gift their wickets away as Brett D'Oliveira, Joe Leach and Matt Henry give the fielders catching practice. 

Parry completes his four overs with figures of 5-13 - the best for Lancashire in a T20 match.

Stephen Parry
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Colin Ingram reaches his fifty

Glamorgan 84-1 (12 overs) v Surrey 110

Colin Ingram has hit a half-century for the second week on the bounce and what a way to do it.

The Glamorgan batsman, who reached 60 against Kent last week, launches a fierce six into the south Wales sky.

Glammy are looking very good this season.