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Summary

  1. Yorkshire make record 227-5 & beat Notts
  2. Surrey beat Essex by two runs
  3. Birmingham Bears beat Worcs by eight wickets
  4. Buttler hits 59 off 39 balls for Lancs
  5. Wins for Lancs, Hants & Derbys
  6. Glos & Middlesex tie early game

Live Reporting

By Felix Keith and Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    As well as Surrey's dramatic win at Chelmsford, there were opening-night wins for Lancashire Lightning, Hampshire and Derbyshire Falcons, while the Birmingham Bears also beat Worcestershire Rapids by eight wickets in the West Midlands derby.

    Earlier, Gloucestershire and Middlesex produced a dramatic tie.

    It's been a cracking night, after another good day in the Test match for England. Join us again next time for some more T20 Blast action.

  2. Surrey beat Essex by two runs

    That just about concludes tonight's T20 Blast action.

    Let's just round up all the other results for you...

  3. Surrey beat Essex by two runs

    Result: Essex 186-6 v Surrey 188-8

    Tom Curran

    You have to say, both Curran brothers were superb tonight.

    Surrey skipper Jade Dernbach is delighted. They've got their campaign off to a terrific start.

    Ravi Bopara's 75 from 46 balls for Essex wasn't enough.

  4. BreakingSurrey beat Essex by two runs

    Essex 186-6 v Surrey 188-8

    Paul Walter swings and misses and Surrey win!

    Excellent bowling from Tom Curran in the final over and the visitors snatch it. Excellent cricket.

    Tom Curran
  5. WICKET Zaidi (b T Curran) 18

    Essex 185-6 v Surrey (target 189)

    Ashar Zaidi is gone! Four runs needed from the final ball.

    From the previous ball, Surrey thought they'd run out Zaidi but it was not out - he'd just made it.

    Out comes Paul Walter to face the final ball of the match...

    Three to tie.. Four to win.

  6. Essex need 7 runs from 3 balls

    Essex 183-5 v Surrey (target 189)

    James Foster tries to scoop Tom Curran's delivery towards the boundary but doesn't make contact.

    A bye is given. Three balls left. Seven runs needed to win.

  7. WICKET Bopara (b T Curran) 75

    Essex 181-5 v Surrey (target 189)

    Essex need eight to win... but Ravi Bopara's gone! It's a cracking yorker and - more importantly - a dot ball.

    James Foster comes out for Essex - can he be the match-winner?

    Eight to win, from four balls. This is pressure.

    Tom Curran
  8. Consecutive sixes from Bopara

    Essex (179-4) need 10 to win from six balls

    Ravi Bopara steps up and takes this match on all by himself as he smacks Jade Dernbach for back-to-back maximums.

    He adds a single from a full toss to put Essex within 10 runs over victory - with one over left.

  9. Watch Ten Doeschate's wicket fall

    If the visitors win this, was this the moment the game swung in Surrey's favour? Watch it back, as Sam Curran took the wicket of Ryan ten Doeschate.

  10. Essex need 25 runs from 12 balls

    Essex 164-4 v Surrey (target 189)

    Ashar Zaidi

    Tom Curran bowls the 18th over and starts nicely, with a useful dot ball, but then Ashar Zaidi smacks one away, high for four - not quite a six.

    Then another dot ball comes thanks to a slower delivery from Curran, before Ashar Zaidi finds another boundary and they take two to close the over with 11 runs taken from it.

    So 25 now needed from the final two overs. It's become extremely tense!

  11. Essex need 36 runs from 18 balls

    Essex 153-4 v Surrey (target 189)

    Surrey skipper Jade Dernbach brings himself back on to bowl.

    He concedes four runs, and then bounces one into Ashar Zaidi's body and - as it falls away - tries to kick the loose ball along the ground into the stumps, but his kick slides wide.

    Then an inside edge bounces away for four runs for Ravi Bopara. Another inside edge takes Essex up to 153-4. It's not a bad over from the Surrey skipper, in the end.

    Three overs left. Target rate: Still 12 per over.

  12. Essex need 48 runs from 24 balls

    Essex 141-4 v Surrey (target 189)

    After a no ball, Ashar Zaidi gets a free hit, from which Essex take a single.

    Two per ball is what they need now or - in old English - 12 an over.

  13. WICKET Ten Doeschate (b lbw S Curran) 25

    Essex 136-4 needing 53 runs from 26 balls

    Excellent bowling from Sam Curran and, after two dot balls and a two, Ryan ten Doeschate cracks.

    He's plumb, lbw, for 25. In comes Ashar Zaidi...

    Sam Curran
  14. Essex need 55 off 30 balls

    Essex 134-3 v Surrey (target 189)

    Ravi Rampaul bowls a couple of very decent yorkers and he concedes only five runs from the over.

    Essex's Ravi Bopara has 51 from 34 balls so far.

    Meanwhile, you can watch Bopara's earlier six off the bowling of Rampual here:

  15. 50 for Bopara

    Essex 131-3 needing 58 to win from 34 balls

    "Ohh, Ravi Bopara" rings out at Chelmsford as the hosts salute Ravi Bopara, as he moves onto 50.

  16. Post update

    Essex 129-3 v Surrey (target 189)

    Chelmsford fans

    Oh no! Surrey's Ollie Pope's getting some stick from the Essex fans now, as he completely misses the ball fielding out towards the boundary and his error lets Ravi Bopara's guided stroke bounce over for four runs.

    Ravi Rampaul will return to the bowling next... Essex need 60 to win from 36 balls.

  17. Post update

    Essex 119-3 v Surrey (target 189)

    A much better over in the field for Surrey, as Sam Curran keeps things a bit tighter and just eight are conceded.

    But this partnership for Essex is now looking crucial. Ryan ten Doeschate and Ravi Bopara have added 44 runs from 3.5 overs.

  18. Post update

    Essex 105-3 v Surrey (target 189)

    The home crowd are enjoying themselves at the moment.

    Ravi Bopara is playing risky cricket, but he's getting away with it.

    He finds another big six over square leg, after swinging one away for four earlier in the over, and 14 are added.

    Ravi Bopara
  19. Yorkshire beat Notts by 48 runs

    Around the grounds

    Samit Patel

    Yorkshire Vikings' gigantic score of 227-5 proved too many for Nottinghamshire Outlaws, who made 179-8 from their 20 overs.

    A similar win for Lancashire Lightning against Durham Jets, with the home side finishing short on 140-7, in reply to Lancashire's 192-6.

    Shahid Afridi starred in Hampshire's win over Glamorgan in Cardiff, taking 4-20 to restrict the hosts to 145-9 from their 20, defending 167-5.

    Finally, Derbyshire Falcons were the only side of the four games to successfully chase. They made 180-3, with Luis Reece making 75 not out, to better Northants Steelbacks' 179-6.

  20. Post update

    Essex 97-3 v Surrey (target 189)

    Ravi Bopara gets a six when it looked like he'd be caught on the boundary. Then Jason Roy later saves a couple of runs on the boundary. But four leg byes were conceded in the over too, so it's a costly one - 16 taken from the over.