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Live Reporting

By Gary Smee and Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    AB de Villiers

    So, a pretty decent night to kick off the 2019 T20 Blast.

    AB De Villiers smashed his way to 88 not out off 43 balls on debut to take Middlesex to victory against Essex.

    Somerset cruised to an eight wicket win at Glamorgan thanks to Tom Banton's fireworks.

    And, as we've just witnessed, defending champions Worcestershire were absolute livewires in the field to win at Notts Outlaws.

    More of the same tomorrow please! Until then, goodbye.

  2. Friday's fixtures

    Just before we go, a reminder that there are also a bumper load of fixtures tomorrow in the competition. 14 teams are in action...

    • Gloucestershire v Glamorgan - 14:30 BST - Cheltenham
    • Worcestershire Rapids v Birmingham Bears - 17:15 - New Road
    • Durham Jets v Northants Steelbacks - 18:30 - Chester-le-Street
    • Leicestershire Foxes v Lancashire Lightning - 18:30 - Grace Road
    • Yorkshire Vikings v Notts Outlaws - 18:30 - Headingley
    • Essex Eagles v Surrey - 19:00 - Chelmsford
    • Hampshire v Sussex Sharks - 19:00 - Ageas Bowl

    There will be live text commentary and ball-by-ball radio coverage from all seven games on the BBC Sport website and app. That's your Friday night sorted then.

  3. Barnard stars for the Rapids

    Worcs Rapids beat Notts Outlaws by 28 runs

    Moeen Ali will take some of the plaudits for his 4-18, but Ed Barnard was the real star of the show for the Rapids.

    His 42 off 19 balls at the end of Worcestershire's innings got them up to a winnable score, and he then took the key wicket of Alex Hales with a super slower ball.

    Oh, and a stunning catch in the deep just to round off his evening.

    Ed Barnard

    Notts 133-9 (20 overs) v Worcs 161-6 (20 overs)

    As good a performance in the field as you are ever likely to see.

    Notts Outlaws just couldn't get any momentum going, and once Alex Hales fell for 52 the innings folded.

    Worcestershire Rapids get their defence of the trophy off and running with a victory.


    Carter b Brown 14 (Notts 125-9 v Worcs)

    What a bowler young Pat Brown is.

    The 20-year-old sends down a fine slower ball, Matthew Carter swings and misses, out.

    Four balls to go - more than nine a ball needed.

  6. Notts 125-8 v Worcs (target 162)

    37 needed off six balls

    Right then, Notts need 37 off the last over. Pat Brown to bowl it...


    Wood b Parnell 7 (Notts 119-8 v Worcs)

    Time to pack your bags.

    Wayne Parnell fires in the perfect yorker, Luke Wood has no answer, and off zing the bails.

    11 balls to go, too many needed for Notts.

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  8. Notts 119-7 (target 162)

    43 needed off 12 balls

    The Outlaws just can't get the ball away. But Worcestershire have been superb in the field.

    Martin Guptill saves a certain boundary for Luke Wood with a brilliant diving stop in front of the rope.

    Pat Brown goes for just five singles off the 18th and this game has all but slipped away from Notts.

  9. Notts 114-7 v Worcs (target 162)

    48 needed off 18 balls

    Matthew Carter pulls Wayne Parnell for four, but it's not enough for Notts.

    Nine come from the over. 48 required off the last three. I can't see it happening.

  10. Notts 105-7 v Worcs (target 162)

    57 needed off 24 balls

    Moeen Ali finishes with 4-18 off his four overs. A game-changing spell from the England man.

  11. WICKET

    Moores c Pennington b Moeen 11 (Notts 104-7 v Worcs)

    Notts are fading badly here.

    Tom Moores tries to smack Moeen Ali to Derby, but it flies off an edge and into the safe mitts of Dillon Pennington behind point.

    That's probably game over.

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  12. WICKET

    Patel c Barnard b Moeen 6 (Notts 102-6 v Worcs)

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    Guess who's involved again?

    Samit Patel tries to smear Moeen Ali over the top, but slices it straight to Ed Barnard at long off.

    It's a third wicket for Moeen. The Rapids are closing in on victory.

  13. Notts 102-5 v Worcs (target 162)

    60 needed off 30 balls

    Two much needed boundaries for the hosts.

    Samit Patel plays a clever dink down to third man before Tom Moore biffs Ed Barnard behind square leg.

    60 off the final five overs. Tense.

  14. Notts 92-5 v Worcs (target 162)

    70 needed off 36 balls

    Two wickets in that Moeen Ali over may well have swayed the game Worcestershire's way.

    The required run-rate for Notts is a shade under 12 an over now.

  15. WICKET

    Christian c Cox b Moeen 0 (Notts 90-5 v Worcs)

    And another stunning catch!

    Dan Christian edges his first ball from Moeen Ali onto his pad, it flies to wicketkeeper Ben Cox who snaffles it with one hand. Such sharp work behind the stumps.

    Notts are reeling.

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  16. WICKET

    Libby c Barnard b Moeen 24 (Notts 89-4 v Worcs)

    What a catch in the deep from that man Ed Barnard!

    Jake Libby scoops Moeen Ali high into the off side, and running to his left Barnard dives and clings on. It's one of the best grabs you will see.

    Worcestershire are buzzing in the field.

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  17. Notts 89-3 v Worcs (target 162)

    Libby 24, Moores 3

    Where's your money now then? 73 required off the final six overs.


    Glamorgan 180-5 (20 overs) v Somerset 181-2 (18 overs)

    Somerset, helped by a blistering opening stand of 98 between Babar Azam and Tom Banton, have eased to a comfortable win against Glamorgan.

    20-year-old Banton increased his growing reputation with 64 off 34 balls at the top of the order, after which there was little doubt about the result.

    Peter Trego and James Hildreth saw Somerset home with two overs to spare.

  19. WICKET

    Hales b Barnard 52 (Notts 85-3 v Worcs)

    Trent Bridge is silenced...

    Ed Barnard gets the HUGE wicket of Alex Hales, just as he was beginning to motor.

    The opener backs away, but misses, and Barnard hits. The game is back in the balance.

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  20. for Hales

    Notts 83-2 v Worcs (target 162)

    Alex Hales

    He's had his problems in recent months, but there's no doubting Alex Hales is a mightily fine cricketer.

    He reaches his half-century off 32 balls. Can he see Notts home?

    The Outlaws need 79 off 48 balls.