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Aussies in the runs

Watch highlights of Aaron Finch's brilliant batting yesterday

The Australians are prospering in the NatWest T20 Blast with Dan Christian and Aaron Finch living up to their tags of overseas stars last night.

Much excitement has surrounded the arrival of the latter, top of the international sprint-format batting rankings.

He is certainly not disappointing, producing a superb 88 in the Roses clash as Yorkshire Vikings edged to a five-wicket win over Lancashire Lightning.

While Finch’s heroics were in a winning cause, Christian’s superb, 57-ball 129 featuring 10 sixes – yes, 10! – proved in vain.

With Middlesex Panthers chasing 209 to win, the all-rounder was the only man to reach 15 in a lone vigil as Kent Spitfires won by 16 runs.

It was not just batsmen impressing on a fine evening, with Gloucestershire’s Graeme McCarter earning the Gladiators a triumph in a thriller versus Sussex Sharks.

The seamer claimed 5-35 to ensure Sussex fell just five runs short of chasing 190, following up Ian Cockbain’s fine 84.

There were a pair of unbeaten nineties in Glamorgan’s clash with Somerset, Jim Allenby hitting 96 and Peter Trego 94.

It was the former’s which won the day, however, as Trego’s tour de force proved in vain amid Glamorgan, who had racked up 176 for three, succeeding by seven runs.

Alex Hales continued his fine form in the Midlands derby between Derbyshire Falcons and Notts Outlaws, an impressive 63 helping his side to victory.

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