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NatWest T20 Blast, July 18: As it happened

A wrap of Friday's NatWest T20 Blast action where Jeetan Patel took a hat-trick for Birmingham Bears. Lancashire Lightning confirmed a home quarter-final while Hampshire will play in the last-eight for the sixth successive year.

By Matthew Sherry & Matt Somerford

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9.58pm - Here is a recap of tonight's action with plenty of quarter-final places confirmed: 

South Group

Hampshire reached the quarter-finals for the sixth successive season after holding on a for a six-run success over Sussex Sharks. Luke Wright played a lone hand, blasting an unbeaten 116, but he just failed to get the visitors home.

Essex Eagles will play a home quarter-final after they romped to a seven-wicket win over Glamorgan, who will probably need to win their final game to secure a rare last-eight place.

Surrey booked their quarter-final place with a five-run win over Gloucestershire at the Cheltenham Festival. A return of Jade Dernbach’s hamstring injury was the only sour note for the visitors.

Somerset’s quarter-finals hopes suffered a major blow as they lost to Kent Spitfires by 40 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis Method. Darren Stevens took 4-17 to leave Somerset 59 for five before a thunderstorm blew in.

North Group

Jeetan Patel took a hat-trick and Laurie Evans smacked an unbeaten 69 to snatch victory away from Yorkshire Vikings by five wickets and keep Birmingham Bears’ hopes of progression alive.

Lancashire Lightning confirmed a home quarter-final as they thumped 225 for seven before keeping Derbyshire Falcons 35 runs short of the target.

Northamptonshire Steelbacks’ hopes of defending their title were almost certainly ended with a 31-run win against Worcestershire Rapids at Wantage Road. Daryl Mitchell claimed a career-best 5-28.

Matt Boyce’s unbeaten 46 guided Leicestershire Foxes to a three-wicket win in a low-scoring thriller to end Durham Jets’ last-eight hopes.

9.44pm - Sussex need 17 from the final over. Wright is not on strike though. Chris Liddle will take the first ball from Chris Wood.

9.37pm - Wright brings up his century from 57 balls. He's hit 11 fours and four sixes. He's played a lone hand and may pull off a remarkable win.

9.27pm - RESULT! Kent (195/7) get the win against Somerset (59/5) by 40 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis - They were never likely to get back on at the Spitfire Ground and reports are that a major storm is on the way. Cue hasty exit of the Sky Sports team!

9.24pm - RESULT! Lancashire Lightning (225/7) stay top of the North Group as Derbyshire Falcons (190/7) are beaten by 35 runs at Emirates Old Trafford - The sky is the limit for the Lightning! Bad pun aside, they look good for finals day and a shot at the title after earning a home quarter-final.

9.21pm - Sussex are losing their way and it is Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs who is again causing the problems. He has 4-18 and the Sharks have slumped to 112 for six.

9.15pm - RESULT! Worcestershire Rapids (162/9) all but end the title defence of Northamptonshire Steelbacks (131) by 31 runs - Daryl Mitchell's 5-28 is enough to sink Northants. They almost certinaly will not reach the quarters now.

9.10pm - Wright gets to his half-century. The Sussex opener has found a bit of form recently and that may be bad news for Hampshire, who need a win here to move back into second place.

9.05pm - RESULT! Essex Eagles (159/3) beat Glamorgan (157/2) by seven wickets - The Eagles just keep winning. They make light work of this chase, getting home with two overs up their sleeve. All their big guns fired, led by Ryder's half-century and a home quarter-final is confirmed.

9.02pm - They are off at the Spitfire Ground. It is the strong winds that have forced the delay, although you suspect a thunderstorm is on its way and this break may be terminal. Somerset are 59 for five and are a long way behind the Duckworth/Lewis calculations.

8.54pm - Sussex have got off to a flier. The Sharks are 69 for one after the powerplay. Luke Wright is 39 from 16 balls after losing opening partner Chris Nash in that last over.

Colin Ingram is giving Somerset the slightest of hopes. The South African ends the powerplay with a towering six, but it was otherwise a miserable first six overs for the visitors. They're 52 for five. Darren Stevens has four of the wickets to fall.

8.48pm - Somerset are 34 for five. They are not going to force their way into the top-four tonight. That's good news for Glamorgan, who look like they will go down to South Group leaders Essex. The Eagles need 33 from 36 balls with eight wickets in hand.

8.38pm - Glamorgan have finally got Jesse Ryder, but not before his 28-ball 51, which may have broken the back of the Eagles' chase.

Somerset have made a bad start in their big pursuit at Kent - they've lost two wickets in the first nine balls.

8.30pm - Northants are 44 for one after the powerplay as they look to keep their title defence alive. David Willey was bowled by Joe Leach in the last over to dent the Steelbacks' hopes as they chase 162 for nine against the Rapids.

8.21pm - Somerset's hopes of getting out of the group are in danger after Kent finish on 195 for seven at the Spitfire Ground. The pitch is good and, while Somerset are without leading runscorer Craig Kieswetter, they will feel they can get this. One worry - there are some dark clouds hovering.

8.19pm - Hampshire have given themselves every chance of securing yet another quarter-final place after posting 177 for three against Sussex at the Ageas Bowl. Carberry finished unbeaten on 87 from 63 balls.

8.15pm - RESULT! Leicetsershire Foxes (120/7) have beaten Durham Jets (117/9) by three wickets from the penultimate ball - It's all over for Durham. Their quarter-finals dream ends at Grace Road despite a tremendous effort to defend a below-par score. Boyce does do the job in the end for the Foxes, finding the boundary with just a ball to spare.

8.10pm - RESULT! Birmingham Bears (148/5) defeat Yorkshire Vikings (147/6) by five wickets with two balls to spare - Evans sends Bresnan to the rope to win the game and keep the Bears' aspirations of reaching the quarter-final intact.

8.09pm - It's going down to the wire at Grace Road too. Jigar Naik top-edges Mark Wood for a maximum and the Foxes also need seven from the final over. Chris Rushworth to bowl it.

8.07pm - Birmingham need seven from the final over at Headingley to keep their campaign going. Laurie Evans has 64 off 41 balls....

8.02pm - Durham are getting closer to snatching away a win to keep their season alive. Collingwood has bowled Ben Raine and Leicetsershire are 90 for seven. They need 28 from three overs with number five Matt Boyce their big hope.

7.56pm - Northants must chase down 162 for nine to keep their title defence alive. Mohammed Azhar Ullah was the Steelbacks' star last season and grabbed 3-38 tonight. Colin Munro top-scored for Worcestershire with a 30-ball 49.

Jacques Rudolph batted through the innings for 60 as Glamorgan hit 157 for two against South Group leaders Essex Eagles at the SWALEC Stadium. Murray Goodwin top-scored, though, with 71.

7.53pm - The carnage has ended at Emirates Old Trafford. Lancashire finish on 225 for seven against Derbyshire. Half-centuries for Prince and Brown did the damage for the North Group leaders.

7.45pm - A wicket-maiden from Gareth Breese has left Leicestershire five down and in trouble, while half-centurion Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams have rebuilt outstandingly for Hampshire. Glamorgan posted 157 for two against Essex.

7.41pm - Sam Northeast and Rob Key are each beyond 50. The Spitfires are flying...

7.37pm - Ben Cox, now unbeaten on 40, has hit a highest format score and it now appears Worcestershire will post beyond 160.

7.33pm - Murray Goodwin is now on to his fifty too.

7.28pm - Mark Wood strikes and Leicestershire are four down. Can Durham defend that total after all? Derbyshire have grabbed another, Wayne Madsen brilliantly running out Steven Croft.

7.25pm - Derbyshire get Brown but Buttler remains...

7.19pm - Jos Buttler is opening his shoulders to quickly reach 20, while Warwickshire are now three down. 

7.15pm - Kent, who won the toss, are 33 for one after four overs, Daniel Bell-Drummond the only man to go.

7.09pm - Prince has gone for 52, Marcus North grabbing the wicket, while Graham Onions has struck again to give Durham hope. Warwickshire and Hampshire also find themselves two down.

7.04pm - Will Porterfield has fallen cheaply in Warwickshire's chase, while Hampshire have lost skipper James Vince cheaply. Ravi Bopara has struck for Essex, ousting in-form Jim Allenby, and Worcestershire's Ross Whiteley has been run out.

6.55pm - Lancashire are flying along thanks to Ashwell Prince and Karl Brown, while Glamorgan are 43 without loss after six overs.

6.50pm - Durham Jets have stumbled to 117 for nine; can they defend that? It's a difficult ask.

6.39pm - Lancashire and Worcestershire lose an opener apiece, Richard Oliver and Tom Smith the men to go.

6.35pm - Those wanting to read about Surrey's win can do so, here. Your wish is our command!

6.25pm - Yorkshire and Durham are not enjoying themselves, both six down without reaching three figures.

6.08pm - Jeetan Patel's brilliant season continues with a hat-trick!! Kane Williamson, Andrew Gale and Adam Lyth are the men to go.

Elsewhere, Lancashire and Worcestershire have chosen to bat, while Essex have elected to bowl.

5.59pm - Or maybe they haven't. Durham lose two in quick succession, Calum MacLeod and Paul Collingwood the men to go, while Yorkshire have lost Lees.

5.50pm - Yorkshire have lost a quick wicket too, Aaron Finch falling to Rikki Clarke. Both the White Rose and Durham have responded relatively well.

5.24pm - Two games begin in six minutes, with  Leicestershire opting to field against Durham at Grace Road and Yorkshire choosing to bat against Warwickshire at Headingley.

5.10pm - One of those games is already nearing a conclusion, with Surrey likely to guarantee their spot in the quarter-final as they close on a comfortable win. We'll have news from the tosses in the other matches soon.

5pm - It's Blast time! There is plenty to be decided by tonight's action as teams jostle for places in the quarter-finals... Here are the fixtures: 


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