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  1. Sussex and Northants draw at Arundel
  2. Jesse Ryder hits fifty as Essex beat Surrey in T20 Blast
  3. Hampshire v Gloucestershire T20 Blast match abandoned after heavy rain

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By Kalika Mehta

All times stated are UK

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Surrey 117-9 v Essex 121-2 (16.5 overs)

Ravi Bopara opens the face of his bat and runs the ball down to the third man boundary as Essex ease to victory over Surrey at the Oval.

Bopara (36 not out) and Jesse Ryder (52 not out) shared an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 76 to ensure the Eagles secured their second successive T20 Blast win in as many days and condemn the hosts to another dire result in the competition.

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Jesse Ryder hits fifty

Surrey 117-9 v Essex 110-2 (16 overs)

Jesse Ryder
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Jesse Ryder pulls Dwayne Bravo into leg square and runs a sharp two to reach his first fifty of the tournament.

The Eagles need just eight runs off the last four overs to win.

Back underway at the Oval

Surrey 117-9 v Essex 89-2 (13 overs)

We are back underway at the Oval, with Essex requiring a further 29 runs from 42 balls.

Surrey need a miracle.


Sussex 178 & 145-2 (6 pts) draw with Northants 478 - 5 dec (13 pts)

After another downpour in Sussex the umpires decided to call the match off and let the players head home.

Half-centuries from Chris Nash and Ed Joyce ensured there were few alarms for the hosts during the limited play on the final day at Arundel.

Northants will no doubt be disappointed at missing out on the chance of going for a win and picking up vital points in the Championship.

With just one team being promoted from Division Two at the end of this season both teams look to be struggling, with Sussex sitting sixth with 76 points - albeit with a game in hand - and Northants a place lower on 73 points.

Play to resume at the Oval

Surrey 117-9 v Essex 89-2 (13 overs)

Ahh someone's sun dance worked! 

The sun has come out in London and we are going to see some more cricket from 17:00 BST provided those pesky rain clouds stay away.

Sun dance required

The rain has also decided to set in at Arundel, so at the end June we have no cricket because of some appalling weather.

I know this is England and to expect anything else is foolish but really, we could do with a sun dance or two right about now!

Rain stops play at the Oval

Surrey 117-9 v Essex 89-2 (13 overs)

That dark cloud finally erupts and the rain comes down in force over the players and spectators at the Oval.

Jesse Ryder's unbeaten 40 has led the Eagles to 89-2, 15 runs ahead of the required Duckworth Lewis target should no further play be possible.

Essex cruising towards victory

Surrey 117-9 v Essex 79-2 (11 overs)

The Oval
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With dark clouds on the horizon near the Oval, Jesse Ryder is not hanging about. 

The Eagles stalwart sends spinner Zafar Ansari to the boundary ropes before Ravi Bopara opens his shoulders and launches Gareth Batty's final ball of his over to the mid-wicket fence.

The visitors need a further 39 runs from 54 balls to win. Surrey desperately need to some wickets.

Bad light stops play

Sussex 178 & 145-2 v Northants 478-5 dec

Another interruption at Arundel as the players are brought off for bad light. Unless there is a dramatic improvement I cannot see much more play happening in this Division Two championship match.


A must win match for Hampshire ends in a damp squib as a heavy downpour earlier sees the umpires call the match off without a ball being bowled.

Both side's pick up a point but Hampshire remain bottom of the South group with just four points from their nine matches and Gloucestershire remain third behind Middlesex and Glamorgan.

WICKET Westley (lbw Bravo 19)

Surrey 117-9 v Essex 45-2 (5.5 overs)

Dwayne Bravo
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An entertaining innings from Tom Westley comes to an end as Dwayne Bravo traps the Essex batsmen plumb in front.

It was a good comeback from the West Indian bowler who had been sent for three successive boundaries prior to the wicket.

Sussex holding firm

Sussex 178 & 134-2 v Northants 478-5 dec

Harry Finch and Luke Wells have battened down the hatches as Sussex look to survive the final day at Arundel.

Finch has three off 27 balls, while the more senior Wells has managed a respectable 11 off 50 balls.

The hosts still trail by 166 runs with 38 overs remaining.

Ryder hits out

Surrey 117-9 v Essex 23-1 (4 overs)

Jesse Ryder
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Jesse Ryder is not in a mood to hang about it seems. The Essex batsman lanches Dwayne Bravo back over the bowlers head for a boundary.

The New Zealander is lucky to get away with one in the next over though, as a thick top edge just flies over the wicketkeeper's head.

Rampaul strikes early

Surrey 117-9 v Essex 7-1 (2 overs)

Just the start Surrey would have been looking for!

Ravi Rampaul strikes in the second over of the innings as Kishen Velani fails to connect properly with the ball to give Tom Curran the simplest of catches.

WICKET Joyce (lbw Sanderson 60)

Sussex 178 & 124-2 v Northants 478-5 dec

Well now, Northants might still believe they have a chance of pulling off an unlikely victory at Arundel.

The well set Ed Joyce misjudges the flight of a ball from Ben Sanderson is trapped lbw for 60. There are still another 45 overs left to play.

Not looking good in Southampton

Hampshire v Gloucestershire (start delayed)

Ground staff are working on the covers, which have taken a fair amount of rain in the last hour #T20Blast

Ground staff are working on the covers, which have taken a fair amount of rain in the last hour #T20Blast

Interval - Surrey struggle to 117-9

Surrey 117-9 (20 overs) v Essex

Another brilliant over sees Essex restrict Surrey to just 117-9 from their 20 overs.

Tom Curran and Ben Foakes are caught at deep mid-wicket in identical fashion off Graham Napier from the final two balls of the innings, as they looked for some lofty blows at the end of the innings.

In all the hosts managed to hit just four fours and two sixes in their innings. Not what the Oval crowd would have been hoping for on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

WICKET S Curran (b Quinn 32)

Surrey 109-7 (18.3 overs) v Essex

I did promise yesterday to stop being a curse to set batsmen but apparently I just cannot help myself!

Having played well to reach 32, Sam Curran tries to improve by moving to the off side as he looks to launch Matthew Quinn out of the ground - only to see his leg stump go tumbling.

Sam Curran gets Surrey moving

Surrey 100-6 (17 overs) v Essex

Surrey allrounder Sam Curran launches Graham Napier for an almighty six as he looks to up the scoring rate for the hosts at the Oval.

He is joined at the crease by his brother Tom after Matthew Quinn removes Dwayne Bravo for a run-a-ball 20.

Looking ominous at Arundel

Sussex 178 & 121-1 v Northants 478-5 dec

Trying a 3.15pm restart but the latest shower won't be too far away... #bbccricket

Trying a 3.15pm restart but the latest shower won't be too far away... #bbccricket

Surrey continue to toil

Surrey 67-5 (14 overs) v Essex

Sam Curran
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Sam Curran hits Surrey's fifth boundary of their innings as the hosts batsmen struggle to get the ball away.

Essex's lead bowler Dan Lawrence finishes with figures of 2-11 from his four overs as the visitors maintain their stranglehold on the innings.

Play to resume at Arundel

Sussex 178 & 121-1 v Northants 478-5 dec

There is hope of further play in Sussex this afternoon, with the umpires agreeing on a 15:15 BST restart at Arundel, provided there is no further rain.

The hosts would need to survive a further 49 overs.

Surrey collapsing in a heap

Surrey 47-5 (10 overs) v Essex

Dan Lawrence
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Dan Lawrence returns and Gary Wilson immediately drives the bowler to Tom Westley at long off, who does extremely well to take the catch above his head.

Perhaps the trip back from Cardiff yesterday has left a few of the Surrey players a tad tired.

Lawrence meanwhile has exceptional figures of 2-7 from three overs.

WICKET Ansari (c Napier b Zaidi 9)

Surrey 43-4 (8.1) v Essex

Ashar "Boom Boom" Zaidi, Essex's hero with the bat yesterday, becomes the third Eagles bowler to pick up a wicket in his first over.

Dangerman Zafar Ansari is sent back to pavilion after he is caught by Graham Napier. Out walks Dwayne Bravo.

Another one bits the dust

Surrey 28-3 (5 overs) v Essex

Graham Napier
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Essex have a third as Graham Napier strikes in his first over of the innings.

The Eagles allrounder has Rory Burns brilliantly caught at wide mid-on by Tom Westley for 11 to silence the home crowd.

Rain rain go away

Sadly the Division Two championship match between Sussex and Northants and the T20 Blast clash between Hampshire and Gloucestershire are both suffering from the great British weather.

We will keep you up to date with resumption and start times in both of those matches when we find out.

Wickets tumble for Surrey

Surrey 8-2 (2 overs) v Essex

Simon Davies
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Surrey are in all sorts of strife at the Oval as they lose two wickets in the second over.

Dan Lawrence has Simon Davies caught at square leg by Kishen Velani off the first ball of his over before yesterday's hero Ashar Zaidi brilliantly runs out Kumar Sangakkara with a direct hit for one.

Toss and team news

Hampshire v Gloucestershire (14:10 start)

What rain? Toss due shortly #T20Blast

What rain? Toss due shortly #T20Blast

We finally managed to get a toss done in Southampton and Hampshire win and elect to bowl first.

Despite the early rain it now looks rather glorious at the Ageas Bowl as the hosts, who are in desperate need for a win, bring in James Vince for the dropped Tino Best.

Hampshire: Carberry, Alsop, Vince (capt), Dawson, Ervine, Afridi, Sammy, McManus, Andrew, Berg, Wheal

Gloucestershire: Marshall, Klinger (capt), Cockbain, Dent, Howell, Noema-Barnett, Roderick, Tye, Smith, Norwell, M Taylor

Toss and team news

Surrey v Essex (14:00 BST)

Ashar Zaidi
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One place where the rain seems to have avoided thus far is the Oval and news from the middle is that Essex have won the toss and will bowl first.

Surrey name an unchanged side from Friday's nine wicket defeat by Glamorgan, as do Essex.

Surrey: Davies, Wilson, Sangakkara, Burns, Foakes, Bravo, Ansari, S.Curran, T.Curran, Batty (capt), Rampaul

Essex: Ryder, Velani, Westley, Bopara (capt), Zaidi, Ten Doeschate, Lawrence, Foster, Napier, Walter, Quinn

Early lunch at Arundel

Sussex 178 & 121-1 v Northants 478-5 dec

It looks like it is going to be a very frustrating day in Sussex as the players are once again forced off the field because of rain.

The umpires decide to take an early lunch and play will resumed at 14:15 BST, provided there is no more rain.

Ed Joyce remains unbeaten on 58 for the home side at Arundel.

Best dropped by Hampshire

Hampshire v Gloucestershire (start delayed)

A further rain shower at the Ageas Bowl further delays the toss.

Hampshire confirm West Indian bowler Tino Best has been dropped after an incident was reported by the match referees during Friday night's loss to Essex at Chelmsford.

Tino Best dropped as part of internal disciplinary measure by Hampshire following incident reported by umpires at #T20Blast match v Essex

Best absent for Hampshire

Hampshire v Gloucestershire (13:50 start)

News from the middle at the Ageas Bowl is that the toss will take place at 13:30 BST and play will begin at 13:50 BST, with no overs lost.

Hampshire have also been rather cryptic in announcing that Tino Best will not play in today's match following an incident in the side's five wicket loss to Essex on Friday evening.

Tino Best is not available for Hampshire today following an incident in last night's match at Chelmsford. More squad news to come #T20Blast

WICKET Nash (b Keogh 53)

Sussex 178 & 110-1 v Northants 478-5 dec

Northants grab their first scalp of the innings as Chris Nash is bowled by Rob Keogh just after reaching his half-century.

Luke Wells joins Ed Joyce at the crease, with another 74 overs to survive.

Sussex push past 100

Sussex 178 & 101-0 v Northants 478-5 dec

Chris Nash and Ed Joyce have remained unfazed by the rain delays and continue to bat serenely as Sussex go past 100 without loss in their second innings.

The hosts still trail by 196 runs at Arundel as Northants continue their hunt for wickets.

Vince returns but rain delays toss

Hampshire v Gloucestershire (13:30 start - delayed)

James Vince will feature for struggling Hampshire in their South Group clash Gloucestershire when the rain stops falling.

The covers are currently on the pitch at the moment and the toss has been delayed.

Play to resume at 13:00 BST

Sussex 178 & 91-0 v Northants 478-5 dec

It proved to be a passing rain shower and play will get underway again at 13:00 BST, provided there is no further rain.

Lunch is still scheduled for 14:00 BST and a further eight overs have been lost. Not the kind of morning Northants would have been looking for.

Rain intervens

Sussex 178 & 91-0 v Northants 478-5 dec

Arundel rain
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After a fairly brisk start to proceedings, with Ed Joyce and Chris Nash both finding the boundary in the first couple overs of the day, Northants bowl four maidens in a row to regain some control.

Nash and Joyce nab a single apiece off Alex Wakely's first over of the match to break up the run before the rain returns and the players leave the field.

It looks like it might be a frustrating day for one and all.

Sun comes out

Sussex 178 & 80-0 v Northants 478-5 dec

You'll be happy to know that the sun has got it's hat on and play has begun at Arundel. Two overs were lost, so there are 94 overs to be bowled.

Ed Joyce, who was unbeaten on 28 overnight, crashes Richard Gleeson for successive fours off the first over of the day to get himself back into the groove nicely.

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If you are watching any of the cricket afternoon let us know. If the rain stays away we could be in for three exciting matches.

Thunderstorms threaten final day at Arundel, fine for the moment... #bbccricket

Thunderstorms threaten final day at Arundel, fine for the moment... #bbccricket

Delayed start

Sussex 178 & 70-0 v Northants 478-5 dec

A short shower has led to a slightly delayed start in Sussex. After a quick inspection the umpires have decided that play will get underway at 12:10 BST.