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Summary

  1. Holders Notts Outlaws lose by eight wickets to Birmingham Bears
  2. Wins for Sussex and Leicestershire on opening night
  3. Foxes chased 219 to beat Northants

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By Ged Scott and Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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  1. Coming up on Thursday...

    Three more T20 Blast matches

    Enjoyed the opening night's action of this year's T20 Blast?

    Well, the good news is it's back again on Thursday and BBC Sport will have live text and radio commentary of three more fixtures...

    Old Trafford: Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids (18:30 BST)

    Headingley: Yorkshire Vikings v Durham Jets (18:30 BST)

    Lord's: Middlesex v Surrey (18:15 BST)

    There's a big name back in Durham's ranks as well, as England all-rounder Ben Stokes bids to step up his recovery from a hamstring injury before hopefully returning in national colours during the one-day series against India.

    Hope to see you then!

    Ben Stokes
  2. T20 Blast headlines

    • Holders Notts Outlaws were outclassed as they started the defence of their T20 Blast title with a eight-wicket defeat by Birmingham Bears.
    • Leicestershire Foxes successfully chase 219 to beat Northants Steelbacks in a high-scoring contest at Wantage Road.
    • Sussex beat Essex by 36 runs at Chelmsford, with David Wiese claiming 5-24 for the visitors.
  3. Notts must 'get back on the horse'

    Birmingham Bears beat Notts Outlaws by eight wickets

    Notts were well beaten by Birmingham Bears tonight, but skipper Dan Christian was quick to point out that last year's winners did not make the best of starts a year ago.

    “We lost our first two matches last year and still went on to win it," he told BBC Radio Nottingham. "So it’s not the end of the world.

    "We’ve just got to get back on the horse when we play Northants on Friday.

    “We never got any momentum and were at least 30 under par but if we’d been able to take a few wickets early on, then you never know.

    "Realistically, it was going to be difficult because, whatever the wicket looks like here you know it is going to play well and it’s a small ground with a fast outfield."

  4. Post update

    So, what a first night we've had!

    Let's recap...

  5. Sussex win by 36 runs

    Sussex 181-6 (20 overs) beat Essex 145 (19.4 overs)

    Sussex's David Wiese (5-24), Jofra Archer (3-24) and Rashid Khan 92-25) were simply too strong for hosts Essex.

    Earlier, Michael Burgess hit 56 from 23 balls to help them the visitors post 181.

  6. BreakingSussex beat Essex

    Sussex 181-6 (20 overs) beat Essex 145 (19.4 overs)

    Sussex celebrate

    Sussex wrap it up with two balls to spare as Jofra Archer rattles off the Essex tail with two wickets in four balls.

    There's disappointment for Essex, whose hopes really faded when Varun Chopra (64) was bowled by Afghanistan's Rashid Khan in the 17th over.

  7. Five wickets for Wiese

    Essex 144-8 (19 overs) v Sussex - target 182

    Sussex's David Wiese (5-24) takes three wickets in the 19th over and Essex's hopes are all but over.

  8. Essex running out of overs

    Essex 143-6 (18.2 overs) v Sussex - target 182

    Meanwhile, at Chelmsford - where play started later than at tonight's other two games - Sussex are closing in on victory.

    Essex need 39 runs from their final 10 balls...

  9. Leicestershire win by four wickets

    Leics 219-6 (19.4 overs) beat Northants 218-3 (20 overs)

    Leicestershire celebrate

    Ben Raine's 23 from seven balls arguably tipped the match in the Foxes' favour. Dramatic stuff.

  10. BreakingLeicestershire beat Northamptonshire

    Leics 219-6 (19.4 overs) beat Northants 218-3 (20 overs)

    Wow! That's some fightback. Leicestershire claim a remarkable win as Colin Ackermann (66 not out) hits a six to clinch victory with two balls to spare.

    Northants are beaten, despite earlier setting their highest ever T20 score.

    Those six penalty runs that were awarded for Northants' slow over rate played their part too.

  11. WICKET

    Wells b Kleinveldt 5 - Leics 212-6 v Northants, 19.2 overs, target 219

    But Tom Wells falls. Seven needed to win for Leicestershire, from four balls.

  12. Post update

    Leicestershire 212-5 (19.1 overs) v Northants - target 219

    Rory Kleinveldt starts the final over with five wides. What a time to do that. Leicestershire are closing in on a stunning comeback victory.

  13. Six penalty runs

    Leics 205-5 (19 overs) v Northants - target 219

    Now then. Hold on. Northants have been penalised for a slow over rate... And have been penalised six runs. Now Leicestershire need 14 to win from the final over.

  14. Triumphant Troughton

    Birmingham Bears beat Notts Outlaws by eight wickets

    Ian Bell

    Bears coach Jim Troughton was delighted with the way last year's beaten T20 finalists took their revenge over holders Notts.

    “Ian Bell is in fantastic nick," Troughton told BBC WM. "And he deserves to be too, as he worked incredibly hard over the winter.

    "He manoeuvred the ball about beautifully and Sam Hain came in and continued his good form on the back of some good innings for the Lions.

    "What was I worried about at halfway?

    "And, as for young Henry Brookes, it looks like everything he touches turns to gold right now after the way he started with that wicket maiden."

  15. WICKET

    Raine c White b Sanderson 23 (Leics 193-5; 18.2 overs, target 219)

    However, Ben Raine's quick contribution ends. He hit 23 from seven balls... But as he is caught off Ben Sanderson, that sees Leicestershire's momentum really suffer...

  16. Can Leicestershire do it?

    Leics 193-4 (18.1 overs) v Northants - target 219

    This chase is becoming quite something. Leicestershire looked dead and buried half an hour ago. Now they're hopeful...

  17. 50 for Chopra at Chelmsford

    Essex 108-4 (14 overs) v Sussex - target 182

    Varun Chopra

    Varun Chopra is past 50 for Essex and alongside Ashar Zaidi (17).

    Nearly 13 an over is needed for the hosts to win though. They've got work to do.

  18. Straight in for a six

    Leics 170-4 (17 overs) v Northants - target 219

    Leicestershire lose the wicket of Mohammad Nabi, but his replacement - Ben Raine - hits one away for six from the first ball that he faces! Talk about confidence...

    The visitors need another 49 runs to win from three overs.

  19. Nash injury update

    Birmingham Bears beat Notts Outlaws by eight wickets

    Some news on Notts batsman Chris Nash, who was hurt attempting a catch early in the Birmingham Bears innings - he has damaged his right shoulder and will go to hospital for a scan later.

    Let's hope it's not too serious.

  20. Post update

    Birmingham Bears beat Notts Outlaws by eight wickets

    James Taylor

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    You've got to give a lot of credit to how Birmingham Bears performed - they were brilliant with the ball and in the field, and with the bat they were very clinical.

    But Notts Outlaws were really poor in all departments. They got off a poor start and that continued bar a but of an onslaught from Luke Fletcher, and they were poor in the field.

    For me they're one of the best sides in the tournament with the ball, they've got plenty of variation in their bowling attack, but tonight they just weren't good enough.