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By Tom Garry and James Law

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight from us

And that just about concludes our coverage of tonight's T20 Blast action.

Probably the most thrilling night of the competition so far - and what a time to produce it.

We'll be back with live text coverage of all four quarter-finals in a couple of weeks, so we'll see you then!

The T20 Blast quarter-final line-up

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The quarter-final line-up is complete, then, and there's some tasty-looking ties to get stuck into here.

All fixtures will be played during the week commencing Monday, 8 August - with one quarter-final per night...

  • Nottinghamshire v Essex
  • Northants v Middlesex
  • Gloucestershire v Durham
  • Glamorgan v Yorkshire

RECAP: Christian and Lumb send powerful Notts warning

Nottinghamshire beat Leicestershire by eight wickets (D/L)

North Group winners Nottinghamshire sent out a big warning to their quarter-final rivals with two of the fastest T20 half-centuries in history as they won a rain-hit match against Leicestershire.

Daniel Christian hit the joint 11th-fastest 50 in T20 matches, from just 16 balls, alongside Michael Lumb, who took 17 balls to reach the same milestone. Two absolutely outstanding knocks!

Defeat left Leicestershire bottom of the group and probably feeling as damp as the weather had been at a soggy Trent Bridge.

RECAP: Stoneman & MacLeod send Durham through

Durham beat Derbyshire by 13 runs

Durham qualified for the quarter-finals thanks to a combination of Birmingham's loss at Old Trafford and big scores from Mark Stoneman (82 no) and Calum MacLeod (83) at Chester-le-Street.

Neil Broom hit 68 for Derbyshire in reply but the visitors were made to pay for only having taken two Durham wickets, as Stoneman and MacLeod had helped the hosts post an impressive 193-2.

That simply left Derbyshire with too much to do in the run chase and the hosts celebrated securing fourth spot in the North Group.

RECAP: Roy destroys Kent but victory in vain

Sussex beat Kent by 37 runs

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It was quite simply a majestic performance by England international Jason, who struck a match-winning 120 from 82 balls, including a mouth-watering 15 fours and three sixes.

His partner in crime Aaron Finch (79) also contributed heavily as Sussex set a target of 212 which was never really troubled.

Both teams needed to win and hope for an Essex defeat for a chance of qualifying, though rain at Chelmsford gave Essex the point they needed to deny both sides a last eight spot.

RECAP: Rain means Essex qualify without batting

Essex v Glamorgan abandoned because of rain

Essex held all the trump cards as they started the night in the fourth and final qualification spot, and did what they needed to do by avoiding defeat against Glamorgan.

At the midway point their situation looked unstable, as a Colin Ingram century fired the Welsh side to an impressive total of 184-5 from their 20 overs.

However, rain came to Essex's rescue and they never had to even attempt chasing down the score, getting the point required to secure a quarter-final berth.

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RECAP: Birmingham let quarter-finals slip away

Lancashire beat Birmingham by 30 runs

Lancashire restricted Birmingham Bears to just 94-8 in reply to 124-5 to knock the Bears out of the T20 Blast.

Josh Poysden (2-21) had helped Birmingham limit Lancashire's total to a seemingly-reachable target.

But Saqib Mahmood (3-12) saw the Bears struggle in their run chase, as Durham took fourth spot in the North Group instead.

RECAP: Gloucestershire top group with third win on bounce

Gloucestershire beat Middlesex by four wickets

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A victory which once again backs up Gloucestershire's dominant T20 Blast campaign so far.

Benny Howell took 3-18 as they restricted fellow qualifiers Middlesex to 156-5 in Bristol, and though there were no headline knocks in reply, Ian Cockbain (42) and Jack Taylor (44) led Gloucestershire to the win with three balls to spare.

It means they won 10 of their 14 group games, more than any side in the competition.

RECAP: Yorkshire safely through

Yorkshire beat Northants by 14 runs

Yorkshire held off already-qualified Northants to secure their own spot in the last eight.

Northants had looked on course to win and potentially knock Yorkshire out, at 131-4 in the 15th over, but the visitors regained control of the match - initially earned through half centuries from Alex Lees and Jack Leaning.

However, Northants passed 160, which was enough to clinch second spot in the North Group and, with it, a home quarter-final.

RECAP: Alsop and Dawson too hot for Somerset

Hampshire beat Somerset by 83 runs

An unpleasant end to an unpleasant campaign for Somerset.

In the battle of the South Group's bottom two, Tom Alsop's 57-ball 85 helped Hampshire post a hefty-looking 181-3 at Southampton.

And too hefty it proved to be, as Liam Dawson's hugely impressive 5-17 skittled Somerset for just 98 to inflict upon them an 83-run defeat.

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Here's what you might've missed...

After all that last-minute excitement, shall we pause for breath and run through tonight's other group matches?

That sounds a good idea to me...

More stats from Trent Bridge...

Nottinghamshire beat Leicestershire by eight wickets (D/L)

Daniel Christian (54 from 16 balls) and Michael Lumb (69 from 26 balls) were together at the crease for 24 deliveries and struck 66 runs. The last 15 balls they faced went for 46!

And, as I just mentioned, both have gone straight into the top 20 quickest Twenty20 half-centuries ever.

Christian finishes the game the only way he knows how, with his 6th six. Outlaws win by 8 wickets #CricketHasLanded

Christian finishes the game the only way he knows how, with his 6th six. Outlaws win by 8 wickets #CricketHasLanded


Nottinghamshire 146-2 (10.3/14 overs) v Leicestershire 170-4 (18/18 overs)

And our final match of the evening, and indeed of the group stage, is over!

And what a way to sign off - Daniel Christian and Michael Lumb, you shall take a bow. 

Christian's stats: Six sixes, four fours, 16 balls... and the joint 11th-fastest half-century in T20 history.

Lumb's stats: Four sixes, nine fours, 17 balls... and the joint 16th-fastest half-century in T20 history.

Who plays who in the last four?

We'll bring you a few more details on the draw once we're done and dusted at Trent Bridge and have recapped tonight's events up and down the country, but to give you a taster...

Your #Blast16 quarter-final ties: Notts v Essex Northants v Middlesex Glamorgan v Yorkshire Gloucestershire v Durham
Your #Blast16 quarter-final ties: Notts v Essex Northants v Middlesex Glamorgan v Yorkshire Gloucestershire v Durham

Your #Blast16 quarter-final ties: Notts v Essex Northants v Middlesex Glamorgan v Yorkshire Gloucestershire v Durham

Back under way at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 134-2 v Leicestershire 170-4 (9.3 overs)

Play has resumed after rain at Trent Bridge, in the only match still playing tonight.

Michael Lumb's 68 from 25 balls has been mightily impressive for the hosts.

And from the South Group...

And from the South Group... @Gloscricket @GlamCricket @Middlesex_CCC @EssexCricket #Blast16 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼

And from the South Group... @Gloscricket @GlamCricket @Middlesex_CCC @EssexCricket #Blast16 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼


Kent 175-7 (20 overs) v Surrey 212-4 (20 overs)

Kent didn't disgrace themselves by any means, but Surrey had two top-drawer openers in centurion Jason Roy and Aaron Finch.

After putting on such a show Surrey deserved at least a chance of going through, but unfortunately rain in Essex prevented that from becoming a possibility, meaning both teams are out of the competition.

From the North Group...

Ladies & gents, your North Group quarter-finalists are... @TrentBridge, @NorthantsCCC, @YorkshireCCC, @DurhamCricket

Ladies & gents, your North Group quarter-finalists are... @TrentBridge, @NorthantsCCC, @YorkshireCCC, @DurhamCricket

Rain coming down again

Nottinghamshire 95-2 v Leicestershire 170-4 (7.4 overs)

Rain is delaying play once again at Trent Bridge. The hosts have won the North Group though, regardless of the result.

The T20 Blast quarter-finalists

In amongst all the mayhem, a quick round-up of who has made it through to the last four...

North Group: Nottinghamshire, Northants, Yorkshire and Durham.

South Group: Gloucestershire, Glamorgan, Middlesex, Essex.


Gloucestershire 162-6 (19.3 overs) v Middlesex 156-5 (20 overs)

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With the drama happening elsewhere it's a game which has somewhat gone under the radar, but Gloucestershire have officially won the South Group after beating fellow qualifiers Middlesex with three balls to spare.

Benny Howell shone with the ball for the victors with three wickets, while Jack Taylor smacked four sixes on his way to a noteworthy 44 to guide Gloucestershire to their tenth victory from 14 matches.  


Lancashire 124-5 (20 overs) v Birmingham 94-8 (20 overs)

Birmingham Bears are out of the competition. They will not be at Edgbaston for T20 Finals Day this year!

They needed 125 to win but failed to reach even 100.

Sam Hain was their top scorer on 28, the only man to score above 16.

Northeast makes consolation 50

Kent 152-6 v Surrey 212-4 (17.3 overs)

Kent are out of the competition, and have all but lost this match at the Oval, but Sam Northeast can take a crumb of comfort from this polished performance.

He slams it through the covers to get to 53 with a classy four... though with two overs remaining it has started raining.


Derbyshire 180-9 (20 overs) v Durham 193-2 (20 overs)

Durham have reached the T20 Blast quarter-finals!

Mark Stoneman and Calum MacLeod are the heroes for their side and Derbyshire, despite Neil Broom's half-century, just about fall short.


Yorkshire 177-5 (20 overs) beat Northants 163-7 (20 overs)

Yorkshire are safely through to the quarter-finals. Northants, who had already qualified before tonight, will play at home in the last eight.

The hosts attempted some big boundaries in the final over, needing 18 from it, but lost two wickets.

But both sides look happy with the outcome.

Home quarter-final for Northants

Northants 160-5 v Yorkshire 177-5 (19 overs)

Alex Wakely hits a six into the stands and, with that, Northants have their 160 and a home quarter-final.

But some economical Yorkshire bowling in the previous three overs seems to have given the visitors control again. in terms of the result in the match.

Northants need 18 to win from the final over. So Yorkshire are very close to the quarter-finals.

Two overs left at Old Trafford

Birmingham 85-7 v Lancashire 124-5 (18 overs)

Birmingham Bears need 40 from two overs. That's 40! From just two overs.

They've made a real hash of a seemingly-achievable run chase and may well have let their quarter-final spot slip.


Essex reach the quarter-finals, Surrey and Kent are out

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It all seems rather anti-climatic, but that's it - Essex have taken the fourth and final qualification place in the South Group.

Rain started at Chelmsford more than an hour ago and never relented, giving Essex the point they need to put them into the last eight.

You have to feel for Kent and in particular Surrey, who have put on a Jason Roy-inspired show at the Oval - but it will now count for nothing.

MATCH ABANDONED | Essex Eagles qualify for the quarter finals!!

Two wickets in an over

Derbyshire 150-8 v Durham 193-2 (17 overs)

Derbyshire's task looks very, very difficult now, with three overs left. They've lost two wickets in the 17th over.

Neil Broom has a half century but he's running out of partners.

Durham will think that, looking at the scores at Old Trafford and Northampton, they could be going through tonight.

Last-eight dream on hold

Birmingham 80-5 v Lancashire 124-5 (16.3 overs)

What's going on here, Bears fans? Your side is in trouble, needing another 45 runs to win and reach the quarter-finals, from just 3.3 overs. They have lost five wickets too, with Laurie Evans going for seven.

Beautiful evening at Old Trafford #bbccricket #LancsVsWarks @bbctms

Beautiful evening at Old Trafford #bbccricket #LancsVsWarks @bbctms

Surrey doing their bit

Kent 111-5 v Surrey 212-4 (13.3 overs)

Kent are struggling big time at The Oval, limping to 111-5 off 13.2 overs - meaning they require 102 from 39 balls.

Surrey, then, look to be heading for a resounding victory... They just need Essex and Glamorgan to get back on at Chelmsford.


Somerset 98 all out v Hampshire 181-3 (15.2 overs)

Well that's an early finish, and rather sums up Somerset's T20 Blast campaign this summer.

Liam Dawson takes a five wicket haul at the Rose Bowl, with only Jim Allenby (40) and Ben Green reaching double figures.

It all means Hampshire avoid the heartache of finishing bottom.

Pressure on at Chester-le-Street?

Derbyshire 135-6 v Durham 193-2 (15 overs)

...And Northants' good form against Yorkshire is exciting news for Durham and Derbyshire. Defeat for Yorkshire would open the door for one of these sides.

Durham could be just four wickets from the quarter-finals, while Derbyshire need another 59 runs from five overs. Neil Broom is batting nicely, on 40.

50 for Wakely

Northants 130-4 v Yorkshire 177-5 (14.5 overs)

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Well played, Alex Wakely. Another six brings up his 50, from 28 balls.

He has turned this match around in the space of half an hour.

Wakely putting on the pressure

Northants 115-4 v Yorkshire 177-5 (13.4 overs)

Alex Wakely has brought Northants' innings back on track alongside Rob Keogh and 18 runs from four deliveries faced by Wakeley takes him up to 41 and the hosts are up to 115.

They need another 59 to win and 41 for a home quarter-final.

Essex rain update

Glamorgan 184-5 v Essex (20 overs)

Around 10 minutes until an inspection of the Chelmsford pitch - which will more than likely be the decisive moment of the night in terms of qualification.

Remember the latest Essex's match against Glamorgan can restart is 21:29 BST - if it doesn't, Essex will be in the quarter finals, with Surrey and Kent missing out no matter what their result.

Pitch inspection at 9pm at Chelmsford with light drizzle still falling. #ESSvGLA

Nudity at Northants

Northants 107-4 v Yorkshire 177-5 (13.2 overs)

We have a streaker - and it's not a great streaker, I've got to be honest. He's kicked over the centre stump and now he's running off, without a steward in sight.

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And now he's just wandering around... In full flow, shall we say.

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Bears making hard work of chase

Birmingham 57-2 v Lancashire 124-5 (10 overs)

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Birmingham Bears are making this a bit nervy for their fans. Ian Bell could only manage 13. They need a big innings from someone in the second half of their reply.

Victory would send them through to the last eight, let's not forget.

Somerset flailing in reply

Somerset 72-6 v Hampshire 181-3 (10 overs)

The wooden spoon looks to be heading to Somerset, with Hants spinner Liam Dawson having a field day at the Rose Bowl.

Somerset's only hope of staying off the bottom of the South Group appears to be Jim Allenby, who's currently 40 not out.