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By Gary Smee and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Full house!

    Kent Spitfires v Essex Eagles (19:00 BST)

    Cameron Delport

    We had a big derby last night at Headingley as Yorkshire and Lancashire locked horns in the Roses Match and tonight we've got three more for you to enjoy.

    One of those is the "Battle of the Bridge" as Kent and Essex's marketing departments have dubbed it at Canterbury.

    It's a sell out for this one as Kent look to maintain their perfect start and make it three wins from three.

    Mind you, big-hitting Essex batsman Cameron Delport might have other ideas after his 129 off 49 balls this time last week helped the Eagles to a big win against Surrey.

    Elsewhere, Derbyshire and Notts Outlaws meet in an East Midlands derby and Sussex and Surrey face off at Hove in our feature match.

  2. Archer plays

    Sussex Sharks v Surrey (19:00 BST)

    Jofra Archer

    It's the news we've been waiting for - Jofra Archer is named in Sussex's XI.

    But we'll have to wait a little while to see the England man bowl - Surrey have won the toss and asked the Sharks to bat first.

    Fellow World Cup winner Liam Plunkett misses out for Surrey with a thumb injury - Ryan Patel is in for the big paceman.

    Here are the two teams...

    Sussex XI: Salt, Wright (c), Evans, Rawlins, Wiese, Brown, Khan, Archer, Briggs, Topley, Mills.

    Surrey XI: Finch, Stoneman, Jacks, Pope, Clarke, Patel, T.Curran, Clark, Batty, Tahir, Dernbach (c).

  3. Curran's night to remember and Lancashire claim Roses scalp

    Tom Curran

    In case you missed any of the action from last night's T20 Blast matches - why not read our round-up of the big stories?

    England's Tom Curran grabbed the headlines as his hat-trick helped Surrey thump Glamorgan at The Oval on a night when there was more than one obscure interruption.

    Meanwhile at Headingley, Lancashire edged out Roses rivals Yorkshire by just nine runs thanks to some stand-out performances from skipper Dane Vilas with the bat and Saqib Mahmood with the ball at the death.

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  4. Toss news - part 2

    Three of tonight's matches are starting 30 minutes behind the rest at 19:00 BST so here's the news of those remaining three tosses...

    North Group:

    Derby: Derbyshire Falcons v Notts Outlaws (19:00 BST) - Derbyshire win toss and bowl first.

    South Group:

    Canterbury: Kent Spitfires v Essex Eagles (19:00 BST) - Kent win toss and bat first.

    Hove: Sussex Sharks v Surrey (19:00 BST) - Surrey win toss and bowl first.

  5. You are the selector!

    And on that subject of whether or not Jofra Archer makes his Test debut next week - you can have your say on which team faces Australia at Edgbaston.

    Try your hand at our England team selector tool and tell us who makes your XI...

    Pick your England team for the Ashes

    Jofra Archer, Joe Root and Jason Roy

    Should Jofra Archer make his Test debut? Is Jason Roy good enough to open? And is it time a certain legend came out of retirement?

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  7. Weather watch

    Been another warm day across the country - thankfully a bit cooler than yesterday - but there's a little bit of heavy rain around as well this evening.

    Already been the odd sharp shower on the south coast but the forecast for Hove this evening for our feature match is looking decent and we should get plenty of cricket in....

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  8. Tune in and enjoy the action!

    Every ball of every one of tonight's eight matches is live thanks to our colleagues at BBC local radio.

    Find your match of choice by searching through the live coverage options at the top of the page. We've split them into the North and South Group fixtures so follow the links and away you go...

    Our brave commentary teams deliver the action for you from all sorts of challenging environments!

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  9. BreakingButtler remains at Lancashire

    Staying with the theme of England World Cup winners, some breaking news to bring you.

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has agreed a three-year contract extension with Lancashire that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2022.

    I wonder if he'll be tuning-in to their match against holders Worcestershire this evening?

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  10. Look who's back!

    Sussex Sharks v Surrey (19:00 BST)


    12 days ago at Lord's this man was stealing the show in a light blue shirt of a very different kind to the one he's expected to don this evening.

    Jofra Archer completed a whirlwind first international tournament by holding his nerve in the World Cup final Super Over to help England win the trophy by "the barest of all margins!" to channel my inner-Ian Smith.

    Jofra's back from his R'n'R break to Barbados and been passed fit to line-up for Sussex Sharks against Surrey.

    England selectors Ed Smith and James Taylor will be crossing their fingers that he comes through unscathed and can take a place in the Ashes squad that's set to be announced tomorrow.

  11. Tonight's fixtures

    Here's what's in store plus some news from the middle where a few tosses have already taken place...

    North Group:

    Old Trafford: Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids (18:30 BST) - Worcestershire win toss and bat first.

    Leicester: Leicestershire Foxes v Durham (18:30 BST) - Leicestershire win toss and bat first.

    Northampton: Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Birmingham Bears (18:30 BST) - Birmingham win toss and bowl first.

    Derby: Derbyshire Falcons v Notts Outlaws (19:00 BST)

    South Group:

    Cardiff: Glamorgan v Middlesex (18:30 BST) - Middlesex win toss and bowl first.

    Taunton: Somerset v Hampshire (18:30 BST) - Hampshire win toss and bowl first.

    Canterbury: Kent Spitfires v Essex Eagles (19:00 BST)

    Hove: Sussex Sharks v Surrey (19:00 BST)

  12. Friday night lights

    Your weekend starts right here and we've got a bumper crop of T20 Blast matches in store for you - eight in fact.

    There's some Box Office names set to play their part too so strap yourselves in and hopefully, prepare to be entertained!

    The players are ready - are you?

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