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FLt20, July 26: As it happened

Hampshire Royals, Northants Steelbacks and Notts Outlaws sealed their passages to the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals, where they will be joined by Lancashire Lightning - who reached the last eight without even playing on the back of Derbyshire Falcons' crushing defeat to Leicestershire Foxes.

RESULT! Hampshire Royals (183/5) beat Essex Eagles (182/5) by five wicketsErvine falls in the penultimate over for 36 but McKenzie completes a mammoth chase - helped by Essex being given a six-run, slow-over-rate penalty - and ends on 29 not out.

9:53pm - Suddenly, the formula is down to 16 needed from 12.

9:48pm - Finisher extraordinaires Sean Ervine and Neil McKenzie are marshalling Hampshire yet face the tall order of needing 40 from 21 balls.

RESULT! Warwickshire Bears (149/2) beat Worcestershire Royals (146/8) by eight wicketsVarun Chopra ends on a 57-ball 75 not out featuring three sixes and Rikki Clarke hits two maximums in a quick 18 to see Warwickshire home.

9:35pm - Worcestershire finally get rid of Maddy - who edges Russell behind - but it's likely too little, too late. 

9:30pm - Chopra has moved beyond 50 and is now going through the gears. Carberry could not do likewise, edging Shaun Tait behind for 54.

RESULT! Leicestershire Foxes (151/6) beat Derbyshire Falcons (72) by 79 runsDerbyshire are dismissed for a dismal total; Leicestershire's victory leaves Lancashire celebrating a quarter-final berth.

9:21pm - Derbyshire, now eight down, are pretty much beaten while Hampshire have lost Jimmy Adams.

RESULT! Northants Steelbacks (129/4) beat Glamorgan (125/9) by six wicketsThe Steelbacks reach the next phase by virtue of a comprehensive victory over Glamorgan, White ending on 71 from 48 balls.

9:16pm - Darren Maddy, having been dropped at midwicket by Daryl Mitchell, and Varun Chopra have put Warwickshire in a strong position. Derbyshire are in further disarray after losing Richard Johnson; they require 100 from the last 10 overs and are six down.

RESULT! Surrey (140/5) beat Kent Spitfires (139/4) by five wicketsExcellent batting from Azhar and Ansari, unbeaten on 47 and 30 respectively, sees Surrey over the line.

9:09pm - Tim Phillips traps Vince lbw to leave Hampshire one down amid Northants' White going past 50.

9:02pm - Azhar and Ansari's restorative stand means Surrey need 19 off the last two overs.

8:58pm - Cameron White is leading the way in Northants' chase and Hampshire have been given a fine start by Michael Carberry and James Vince.

8:56pm - Azhar Mahmood and Zafar Ansari have rebuilt impressively to leave Surrey scenting victory versus Kent.

8:52pm - Warwickshire see an early wicket fall as Andre Russell bowls Will Porterfield, while Derbyshire's Dan Redfern goes as Ireland picks up his fourth in no time!

8:47pm - Derbyshire are on the slide, Anthony Ireland getting rid of Wayne Madsen. Northants lose a third when Dean Cosker dismisses Alex Wakely.

8:35pm - Surrey slip into further trouble as Jason Roy is ousted by Adam Riley while Derbyshire's Chesney Hughes has gone cheaply.

RESULT! Notts Outlaws (133/4) beat Yorkshire Vikings (132/7) by six wickets - Notts seal their place in the last eight by virtue of a comfortable triumph.

8:24pm - Surrey, pursuing 140, have lost Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki and Kevin O'Brien in quick succession, while Michael Hogan has ousted Kyle Coetzer. Imposing scores have been posted at Derby, where Leicestershire managed 151 for six and the Ageas Bowl, where Essex ended on 182 for five. Worcestershire have set Warwickshire 147 to win.

8:15pm - Warwickshire claim wickets with back-to-back deliveries, Jeetan Patel bowling Gareth Andrew and Chris Woakes having Alexei Kervezee caught behind.

8:08pm - Despite falling soon after reaching a half-century, Hales has put Notts on course for victory. Worcestershire, though, are stuttering having now lost Andre Russell.

RESULT! Somerset (129/1) beat Gloucestershire Gladiators (125) by nine wicketsKieswetter's departure does not hinder the visitors, who cruise home on the back of Chris Jones' unbeaten half-century. They are now in good shape to qualify from the Midlands/Wales/West Group.

8:02pm - A trio of set batsmen have fallen, Kieswetter going for 61, Leicestershire's Ned Eckersley for 42 and Shah for 68. Meanwhile, Worcestershire have lost Daryl Mitchell and Essex Ravi Bopara. Kent have closed on 139 for four.

7:50pm - Alex Hales is looking in good shape, hitting three sixes and two fours en route to being 42 not out from 19 balls. Shah, now batting with a runner, has reached a fine half-century, with Glamorgan managing just 125 for nine against Northants - who could tonight seal a spot in the last eight.

7:46pm - Worcestershire have lost both openers, Moeen going for 37 and Samaraweera 33.

7:44pm - Yorkshire are making things interesting against Notts Outlaws, Samit Patel falling cheaply.

7:39pm - As was the case last time I did this blog, the two Greg Smiths have fallen in quick succession of one another; Leicestershire's departed for 42 and Essex's 11. Glamorgan are suddenly struggling at 102 for six, while Nottinghamshire have lost Michael Lumb cheaply. Somerset are on to 81 in no time, Craig Kieswetter reaching 50 off 29 balls.

7:32pm - Owais Shah is powering Essex to an excellent start, while Thilan Samaraweera and Moeen look in fine fettle for Worcestershire. Kent's good beginning has been derailed somewhat, Alex Blake the latest man to go.

7:25pm - Josh Cobb does not last much longer, ousted by spinner Peter Burgoyne. Glamorgan's Cooke, meanwhile, has departed shortly after reaching his fifty.

7:20pm - Cowdrey goes to his half-century, only to be ousted by Zafar Ansari soon after. Meanwhile, Yorkshire have stuttered to 132 for seven against a Nottinghamshire side aiming to seal a quarter-final berth tonight.

7:17pm - It's fair to say Ateeq Javid did not enjoy bowling the first over, Moeen Ali starting his innings six-four-six. Cracking stuff.

7:10pm - Fabian Cowdrey is looking good as Kent start well, but Yorkshire are struggling to post a total beyond 140 against Notts. Leicestershire and Essex are off to confident starts with the bat, meanwhile.

7:05pm - Chris Cooke is prospering for Glamorgan, albeit hindered by just losing long-time partner Mark Wallace to Muhammad Azhar Ullah.

6:57pm - Gloucestershire have been dismissed for just 125, Alfonso Thomas returning fine figures of 4-35.

6:45pm - Jim Allenby and Daniel Bell-Drummond have fallen for Glamorgan and Kent respectively, while Gloucestershire are now in real strife at 110 for eight.

6:38pm - Derbyshire Falcons, buoyed by the return of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, will bowl after losing the toss against Leicestershire Foxes, while Hampshire Royals have opted to field versus Essex Eagles. Yorkshire and Gloucestershire have lost another wicket apiece.

6:34pm - The Gladiators slip into further trouble as Dan Christian falls, while the White Rose's progress has been hindered by Gary Ballance's dismissal.

6:25pm - Gloucestershire are now behind the eight-ball having lost Marshall and Alex Gidman in quick succession while Yorkshire are battling back following Dan Hodgson's departure.

6:07pm - The dreaded curse does its thing again: yes, Dent has fallen to Max Waller. Meanwhile, Yorkshire have lost Alex Lees cheaply and Kent Spitfires have chosen to bat against Surrey.

5:59pm - Dent and Hamish Marshall have thus far undertaken the rebuild job with aplomb to leave the hosts sitting pretty on 45 for one after seven overs.

5:43pm - Gloucestershire lose an early wicket as Steve Kirby gets rid of the dangerous Klinger for just two.

5:36pm - Michael Klinger and Chris Dent are in the middle at Bristol, while Yorkshire Vikings have chosen to bat versus Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge.

5:16pm - In the encounter beginning in 15 minutes, Somerset have elected to field.

5pm - Hello and welcome to our live coverage of tonight's Friends Life t20 action. Seven games are taking place at scattered times, starting with Gloucestershire Gladiators versus Somerset in half an hour.

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